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Rare WW2 US Military 78 rpm Wind-Up Phonograph and Case - Original
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Sep 21, 2012
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US $355.00
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SOUTH DAKOTA, United States


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Waters Conley Company, Rochester MN

Country of Manufacture: United States

US Military 78 rpm Wind-Up Phonograph and Case

A Rare World War II Original Manufactured by Waters Conley Company

This is a very nice original World War 2 era American Armed Forces military issue 78 revolutions per minute, wind-up phonograph built-in to its original heavy-duty wood and steel military case.  We live in a town with a large air force base where US Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 pilots and crews were trained during WWII, and this phonograph may have come from there as we bought it locally.

This phonograph is in very nice condition with a single exception - the playing arm does not move very freely - and that may be the reason it was set aside six decades or so ago without much use.  That tubular arm holds the phonograph needle and should pivot smoothly at the point of our red and white arrow on picture number 4.  It pivots, but with some resistance and not freely.  We are sure that any good mechanic could figure out what that problem is (adjustment, lubrication, etc.) and get it to work the way it is supposed to.  It has to rotate freely so the needle with track across the record.

On the other hand, this machine is in otherwise very nice condition.  The crank winds the crank motor very nicely, releasing the brake allows the turntable to rotate very nicely, and the parts stow just the way they were intended to.

The 8 x 16 x 17 inch heavy-duty steel and wood case is in great condition, and has never been wet or repainted.  The whole unit weighs 24 pounds just the way you see it in our pictures.  Perfect for a collector, a re-enactor group or a World War II museum.

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