The Home Model A (2nd version)

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In 1901, the Home model A was housed in a "New Style" cabinet, called nowadays, the long-case Home, as the cases from models B to F will be shorter.  The very first ones have, like this one, the same red banner transfer applied to the case instead of the lid as in the first version.  The other model A will have the average black letters transfer.  Here the machine is equiped with a quite rare Polyphone attachment to double the amount of sound by using two reproducers instead of one.  The two reproducers, one being in front of the other, need delicate adjustments for the two stylus being in the same groove.  As they are not reproducing exactly the same part of the recording, there is an echo effect generated of exactly 1/25th of a second.  Polyphone attachments were made by H. B. Babson's Talking Machine Company of Chicago as soon as 1898-99.

 

Here the first version with a Polyphone attachment from a Babson catalog

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