ebay joke Machine : genuine ? restored by who ?

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ebay joke Machine : genuine ? restored by who ?

Post by E M Ginn » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:09 pm

this is presently on the ebay auction site and is rather interesting and it certainly made me & my family chuckle at the picture of the restorer's name

it must all be a joke

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Collectable- ... Swp-RaUkdC

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Re: ebay joke Machine : genuine ? restored by who ?

Post by Gmemg » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:05 pm

Thanks to the many who have pointed this machine out to me - i did find it most amusing ! i couldn't understand at first what they were talking about as the machine is a working machine and looked initially as it might be an old case with much later repro parts (except the Soundbox)

Alas the case is a repro and the backbracket* one of those from Spain but to see the "Restorers" business card next to a Phillips screw was hilarious ! so i have kept the photos as amusing curiosities and may issue them as a set of Xmas cards Next Year !

The Fact is that on the business card it does state that Machines could be hired out for functions (wedding's, Barmitzvah's, Illegal "Ring" Meetings Etc) and this machine is most likely one of those machines which looked the part and worked as gramophones BUT should they get damaged then no real harm was done - quite how it ended up being sold as genuine must be quite a story .................i wonder if it were bought from a shop where an odd couple from bedford had left it to be sold "on sale or return" as they had "Found it in their attic and had it over restored but should you sell it we have more ....................."

It's not a typical Snell - Childophone but you never know !

*The "restorer" sold one on ebay to me and when Mike Crapo pointed out it was a repro and that had NOT been mentioned in the description the "restorer" Said " He's a Dealer he should know if it's genuine"!!!! i wonder what the excuse would have been had a Collector bought it ? _
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