Hawthorne and Sheble Star Talking Machines
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Although Hawthorne and Sheble was perhaps the fourth largest player in the phonograph industry, it marketed
very few talking machines under its own name. Most of its production consisted of accessories such as aftermarket horns and cabinets, or
machines masquerading as independent offerings such as the disc Busy Bee.
The Star, Hawthorne and Sheble's house brand, is surprisingly scarce. To evade the Victor
needle-in-the-groove patents, a coil spring assembly was inserted inside the tone arm of rear mount machines.
Details of the on/off mechanism and the motorboard. Larger image
Hawthorne and Sheble bracket and tone arm, the so-called 'yielding pressure arm.' Larger image
Star Model 18. The model designations referred to the price in dollars. Catalogue illustrations courtesy Allen Koenigsberg. Larger image
This model, marked Star No.5, appears to be identical to the Star No. 18 in the catalogue. The support arm, and horn with attached bracket, appear as if they would swap with a Hawthorne and Sheble Busy Bee machine.
A familiar Busy Bee type motor appears in the Star No.5.
This Star Model 40 appears to be the Star 35, perhaps increased $5 in price.
The motor fitted to the Star 40.
This substantial quadruple spring motor gave the Star 60 some heft.
The star of the Star.