This machine playing the largest of Regina discs probably dates ca 1896-1900. It would have been sold as a Style 7, but most collectors today would refer to it as a 27" accordion case or casket case Regina. In a space saving arrangement, the lid folds out and provides support for the dishing wheels.
The Style 7 was originally coin-operated, and this machine would originally have been placed in a commercial establishment such as a bar or restaurant. The coin mechanisms on these machines were notoriously temperamental, and were often removed, particularly after their life as a money-maker had terminated. This machine is no exception, and at some point in its life was converted to manual start/stop. It does retain the original motor board with the coin slot covered up.
The mahogany case in in respectable condition, showing some nice age-commensurate wear from over 100 years of use and its original use as a commercial machine. Some minor pieces of trim may be missing. The lid hinges at one time apparently came loose and tried to pull some wood away from the case. This has been clamped and reglued with a heavy duty epoxy and should not cause any trouble again. The original crank handle at one time was broken, shortened a bit, and repaired. It is completely functional.
I pulled and gently cleaned the combs, cleaned the star wheel gantry, cleaned and adjusted the dampers. The motor was lubricated and is running properly, and the mechanism will now start/stop at the end of a tune as it is supposed to.
These discs are prone to making a little crackling because of their enormous size; you may hear this on the mp3.
Case dimensions are approximately 34 inches by 24 inches.
Large, impressive, ever-popular with music box collectors, and rare. Price includes 10 original discs.
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