The Opera (Concert)

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Known as the mahogany "Opera" when it was introduced in 1911 for $90.00 this model is a "Concert", meaning that it has been sold after the end of 1912 after Edison had to change its name, due to a legal action from the United States Phonograph Company.  As the first Idelia model, that the Opera replaces, the cabinet has two handles to carry and a lid without securing clips for lifting the machine.  It is the only cylinder phonograph known (with the oak Opera) to have a hole in the lid to be able to put the self supporting horn (no crane) back on the machine when closed.  It is undeniably the "Rolls Royce" of all the cylinder phonographs.


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From the Edison Instruction Manual of 12/01/1911

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