1940s wind up Columbia Grafonola Gramophone model 211

A wonderful fully functional vintage wind up 1940s Columbia Grafonola gramophone, model 211, with several shellac 78 speed records and a packet of 100 brand new needles.

The Grafonola differs from a Gramophone in that this amplifies the music with just the ‘sound box’ and internal horn which is the round piece to which the needle is attached, rather than requiring a large exterior horn to be heard. The sound is then further amplified through the box, beneath the turntable. This version is more compact and so easier to store and transport. The volume and quality of sound is plenty loud enough and of a very listenable quality.

This one has the additional benefit of an automatic start and stop mechanism when the tone arm is lifted towards the start of the record and when the record is finished.

It also has a leather handle which is in fantastic condition, when they are usually worn through on players of this age.

The amazingly impressive fact about these gramophones is that they work entirely without a power source besides the manual wind up lever which is unfolded from the case and wound to power the spinning turntable.

The sound is transmitted acoustically via the needle, through the ‘soundbox’ angled, as it should be at around 60° which is connected to the tone arm.

In case you are unfamiliar with 78s, these types of record preceded vinyl. They are usually made of shellac and are much stiffer and more brittle than vinyl records. They are smaller too, and run at around 78rpm as opposed to 33 or 45 with vinyl.

The needles are made of soft steel and can be purchased cheaply online in bulk (they should ideally be changed every side of a record due to degrading sound quality). They are quickly and easily changed with a simple thumbscrew.

A packet of 100 brand new needles are included, in the swing-lid pot built in to the front right of the deck.

The lever to the front left is to adjust speed to fit with your dancing ability… It is 78rpm in the central position and can go a bit slower or faster.

Unlike many, this gramophone has an auto stop lever which is pushed once the needle reaches the end of the record and the turntable stops spinning. As well as going silent, wear to the needle and record is prevented by this uncommon and useful function. It also means your winding isn’t going to waste on silence. It also starts the turntable rotating automatically when the tone arm is carried towards the record’s starting point. This can be disengaged if preferred.

In order to get your collection started I will be including a small variety of gramophone records from my collection.

The polished case is in very good condition and the latch works very smoothly. It has an uncommon dark green interior. The brown felt pad to the deck is in good condition and the mechanics are working well. There are marks commensurate with its near century of age over the chassis but overall it looks fantastic and works well.

I have dozens of gramophone records for sale for use with this and similar gramophones: https://www.oakydokevintage.co.uk/product-page/sets-of-gramophone-records-mixed-batches-of-shellac-78s-for-gramophone-players

*** SEE IT IN ACTION! ***
Here is a link to a video of this actual gramophone playing a record:
https://youtu.be/DkwnqatHsa0?si=BfwZlcVCVtcbc5tr

This Columbia Grafonola is a fantastic looking piece of music history. It is a wonderful period piece to wow your friends and family and a great way to get a party started!

Measures 40cm X 28.5cm X 16.5cm.

£245.00

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A wonderful fully functional vintage wind up 1940s Columbia Grafonola gramophone, model 211, with several shellac 78 speed records and a packet of 100 brand new needles.

The Grafonola differs from a Gramophone in that this amplifies the music with just the ‘sound box’ and internal horn which is the round piece to which the needle is attached, rather than requiring a large exterior horn to be heard. The sound is then further amplified through the box, beneath the turntable. This version is more compact and so easier to store and transport. The volume and quality of sound is plenty loud enough and of a very listenable quality.

This one has the additional benefit of an automatic start and stop mechanism when the tone arm is lifted towards the start of the record and when the record is finished.

It also has a leather handle which is in fantastic condition, when they are usually worn through on players of this age.

The amazingly impressive fact about these gramophones is that they work entirely without a power source besides the manual wind up lever which is unfolded from the case and wound to power the spinning turntable.

The sound is transmitted acoustically via the needle, through the ‘soundbox’ angled, as it should be at around 60° which is connected to the tone arm.

In case you are unfamiliar with 78s, these types of record preceded vinyl. They are usually made of shellac and are much stiffer and more brittle than vinyl records. They are smaller too, and run at around 78rpm as opposed to 33 or 45 with vinyl.

The needles are made of soft steel and can be purchased cheaply online in bulk (they should ideally be changed every side of a record due to degrading sound quality). They are quickly and easily changed with a simple thumbscrew.

A packet of 100 brand new needles are included, in the swing-lid pot built in to the front right of the deck.

The lever to the front left is to adjust speed to fit with your dancing ability… It is 78rpm in the central position and can go a bit slower or faster.

Unlike many, this gramophone has an auto stop lever which is pushed once the needle reaches the end of the record and the turntable stops spinning. As well as going silent, wear to the needle and record is prevented by this uncommon and useful function. It also means your winding isn’t going to waste on silence. It also starts the turntable rotating automatically when the tone arm is carried towards the record’s starting point. This can be disengaged if preferred.

In order to get your collection started I will be including a small variety of gramophone records from my collection.

The polished case is in very good condition and the latch works very smoothly. It has an uncommon dark green interior. The brown felt pad to the deck is in good condition and the mechanics are working well. There are marks commensurate with its near century of age over the chassis but overall it looks fantastic and works well.

I have dozens of gramophone records for sale for use with this and similar gramophones: https://www.oakydokevintage.co.uk/product-page/sets-of-gramophone-records-mixed-batches-of-shellac-78s-for-gramophone-players

*** SEE IT IN ACTION! ***
Here is a link to a video of this actual gramophone playing a record:
https://youtu.be/DkwnqatHsa0?si=BfwZlcVCVtcbc5tr

This Columbia Grafonola is a fantastic looking piece of music history. It is a wonderful period piece to wow your friends and family and a great way to get a party started!

Measures 40cm X 28.5cm X 16.5cm.

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