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NSK-1 (46) Painted Case Regina Dragonfront Style 27" Disc Automatic Changer Here is a super opportunity for someone who is either interested in something different or wants to do a little cosmetic work. This is a top of the line Regina automatic changer the largest (27" disc) size, carved dragons on the upper doors (no gallery, but this model never had one), piano style back, the later lever lift mechanism, and in the much scarcer home model with the solid wood panel in the bottom rather than glass. Someone took a lot of artistic license with this and did a really pretty wonderful job of painting it, although the case is dirty and some of the paint (especially on the right side) is worn but the relative high quality of the decoration makes one wonder why it was done and by whom, we have seen another instrument, a piano handled by Dave Bowers, that was special ordered for Herbert Hoover and very close to the same design of painting, so you can make up your own story with this one or try to research it (it went out of the factory as a plain mahogany case)! The mechanism has been restored and the sound is exceptional, this is a very fine example of the genre. The lithograph inside has been replaced. This is a bargain price reflecting the painted case, but you might well consider it a great positive! With twelve discs. $19,000.
CA-118A (29) Oak Regina 27” Autochanger “Dragonfront” Style.
Lovely Regina 27” automatic changer with the great “dragonfront”
carved doors and in the scarcer Oak wood case and the more
desirable early single upper door. Panel back. The case was very
nicely refinished at some point, replacement “shelf” in front
(they came very close to matching the finish so even though the
underlying wood isn’t correct, it does not detract). Had had a
recent full mechanical restoration and works beautifully and
sounds great, one of the louder playing Regina changers we have
had in recent years, exceptionally nice. Coin-operated, now
$0.25. Damage to one crank knob. Excellent combs, no repairs.
Early serial number 30289. $19,000 [Note – we are currently
having trouble getting this instrument to change discs properly,
it does okay going in one direction but in the other direction
it tends to pick up two discs at the same time. We think one or
more gears may need modifying in the changing mechanism. Until
we can figure this problem out the
Price Is Reduced To $17,000]
ANC-128T (36) Large Carved Oak Disc Storage Cabinet. I don't know what to make of this, I suspect it was made as something else and modified to hold discs, but I really don't know. What I do know is that it is very well made, has beautiful carving, and does indeed work as a disc cabinet for discs up to 20 ¼" in diameter. It even has a large panel/shelf for sorting discs on. Very impressive. 50 ½" high, 38" wide, 27" deep. $1,150
|PCU-118A (30) Kalliope 23" Disc Upright Music Box. Excellent combs with no repairs (looks like one tooth might need replacing). Looks like mechanism has been cleaned and we have had it checked out. Typical bright clear Kalliope sound very nice. No base. Eight discs with rust on surface. Missing coin escutcheon. No motor cover. Beautiful grain on case. Top finial missing, pediment probably has been stripped. Very attractive upright music box that sounds great. $7,300|
|SL-108C (27) Regina Mahogany “Dragonfront” 27” Disc Automatic Changer. Beautiful all original Regina 27” autochanger with the very desirable carved dragons style upper doors. This one has recently had a full mechanical restoration and sounds wonderful. Deep, rich, clear, loud tone. Beautiful dragon carvings. Rich mahogany finish (I think it is the original finish, it is very nice). This is perhaps the earliest 27” autochanger we have ever had, with a serial number of 30074 it was just the 74th example sold and was shipped in 1898. These early style 27” autochangers had the more attractive single upper door, and the dragon carvings are particularly sharp. Litho on inside back looks new. Wonderful early brass hardware on the side for cranking and for selecting discs – there is a cap over the coin slide hole, quite probably this was never coin operated since it has an original stop/start lever, and with the wonderful sound of this example, it couldn’t have had a lot of use. There is a non-visible weld repair to a mechanical part which doesn’t affect anything.. No damage or repairs to combs. With twelve discs. $21,000|
|MD-158 (23) Regina 20 ¾" Disc Autochanger Home Model in Mahogany. Very nice all restored example. Mechanism has been completely restored (cranks are new as is the lithograph), combs are excellent and required no repair. This is a scarcer home model, not coin operated. Case looks like it has been refinished, a pretty nice job, has the gallery but the finials are not original. Plays well, sounds very nice. Serial number 45113. - Price Reduced to $20,000.|
NJ-11 (15) Regina 27" Disc Autochanger Very nice all original example of this very popular style and size Regina music box. The largest true music box that Regina made, with fine sound and the fascinating autochanger mechanism. Nice oak case showing some wear and age. Piano style sounding board back. Manual stop start, might have been converted from coin operation at one time as there is a place in the side for a coin slide but no evidence of a coin mechanism. Purchased from a family in New Jersey. Has had a very light going over and is working and playing very well. With 12 discs (more are available). - Price Reduced to $21,000.
DT-1 (12) Rare Coin Operated Imperial Symphonion
Double Comb Mahogany Music Box With 20" Discs. Imperial
Symphonion was the U.S. brand and was a very late development
for Symphonion of Germany. While this name is seen in smaller
sizes, it is very unusual to see an Imperial Symphonion in this
large 20" size. We have only seen three or four of these (two of
which are on this list!) and this is the only coin operated
model we have ever seen. Playing very nicely, beautiful combs
and tone. Missing the two inner boards, which we plan on having
replaced. Case is about 27" wide, 22" deep, 12 ½"
high. With four discs - this example uses the hole drive whereas
TJ-1 uses the dimple drive.
Price Reduced to $5,800
TJ-1 (13) Rare Imperial Symphonion Double Comb Music Box with 20”
discs. Yes, another “rare” Imperial Symphonion. How can we
say these are rare and still have two in stock at the same time?
Well, first, we have never had one before in our 35 years of
dealing in antique mechanical music, and second, we had to
search out this example and buy it at a substantial price in
order to get a few discs to go with DT-1 (which came with only
one disc) – we have known about this Symphonion for 4 – 5 years
but couldn’t justify the purchase price before. This example is
in exceptional restored condition, including a beautiful
refinishing of the lovely oak case. The combs have some pitting
however these are thick combs and it has had no effect on the
tuning or the quality of sound. Very nice sounding. With twelve
Price Reduced to $5,700.
|RA-1 (14) Regina 20 ¾" Disc Autochanger Upright Music Box. Nice fully restored (mechanically) all original example of by far the scarcest size Regina autochanger. Sounds great and the timing is excellent, resulting in very crisp arrangements. All 20 ¾" disc Regina music boxes are scarce, particularly in the autochangers - this is a real shame since they tend to have the best arrangements and are the most musical of all of the Reginas. This example has had a full mechanical restoration and looks like new inside, the case has been cleaned and attended to but the finish remains a little rough. There is a gallery which came from another 20 ¾" changer which is probably original but we're not sure, but it sure looks nice. Has the most desirable piano sounding board back. One really neat thing is that it still has its original etched lower glass panel, which is usually missing or replaced (Regina was rather foolish to have put a glass panel down where it would get easily kicked or bumped in a commercial environment) - I don't know if it will come out in the photo but it is beautiful. Coin operated. New lithograph. There is some veneer missing on the left end of the center shelf. With 12 discs. Ready to go! - Price Reduced to $21,750. [HOLD]|
(10) Collection of Stella 26” Discs.
Rare opportunity for those fortunate enough to have a 26” Stella
music box to buy additional musical discs for your machine. We
have an extraordinary grouping of 141 extra discs. Will be sold
in lots of ten or more. We hope to pick these up in late January
and will be able to discuss condition and perhaps titles at that
time. $85 per disc, discounts for purchases of more than ten.
S-13 (2) Scarce Home Model Kalliope 23" Disc Upright Music Box on Base Cabinet. Scarce home model Kalliope 23" upright. Complete with base cabinet (missing interior holder for discs). Slight warp to door. Bedplate is un-restored on this home model (not coin operated like 95%+ of the examples found) and sounds great. Motor is beautifully restored. We have a non-original pediment that looks good and goes with it. With eight discs. $9,400
S-17 (3) New Century 18 ½” Disc Double Comb. New Century 18½" Double Comb. Nicks on lid. Restored. Mechanism very loud and bright. Some motor noise. Wonderful and scarce marque. Includes fourteen discs (one is new). - Price Reduced to $6,350.
(4) Olympia 15
½” Disc Music Box with Oak Pressed Design Case. 15 ½” double comb
Olympia with five broken teeth (only two are grouped) in double comb.
Very nice oak case with pretty pressed design on front. Both damper
rails are missing. Original governor is missing and someone had started
on a replacement governor, which will have to be recreated properly.
Center end of hold down bar is not correct. Only one disc with this one.
Great opportunity for the restorer.
Price Reduced to $1,400.
OZ-60 (8) Scarce Regina 15 ½” Automatic Changer In Mahogany “Commercial Style” Case. Full mechanical restoration is currently underway. Regina 15 ½” automatic changer, mahogany, flat front, metal legs, serial number 3500008. This is the scarce “Commercial Style” case with flat front and cast iron legs, see Bowers Encyclopedia, page 194, lower far left, “Corona 36 Flat”. Has piano back. Case has been refinished. Very attractive and desirable. $19,000.
OZ-61 (9) Oak Case for Regina 15 ½” Commercial Style Changer. Case only, oak, for Regina 15 ½” disc flat front automatic changer. Metal legs. Very pretty. - Price Reduced to $800.
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