Beltona "Improved" Ever Ready Portable 1915

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Beltona "Improved" Ever Ready Portable 1915

Post by Gmemg » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:06 pm

This was a machine i bought some years ago - i have been ;looking for it for some time and to - day found it under a table !

This is a really interesting portable gramophone, i first saw one of these when "the Squire" Bought one at one of the Big Antiques fairs, he didn;t pay a fortune for it and when i saw it i fell in love with it - it;s such a Pre - historic design BUT has everything ! that machine had rails inside which i assumed were for a record box - a rare thing for early machines to have the room for records and something of a problem which was only solved convincingly by the HMV model 100/101

some call these Oak machines "colonial" and they may indeed be as this is very sturdy and almost indestructable, they did make a larger model with 12" turntable, i cannot imagine what it would be like to carry this full of records but it's heavy without and a 12" version full would be rathe rlike the HMV Transportable

This machine is Oak with a wonderful golden varnish which, in this example is in super condition

here's the outside - wonderful golden Oak

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here;'s the machine open - showing the strange writing box like style of the case and the record tray concealing the turntable

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the base of the record tray has this label with the machine's name :

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when the record tray is removed the turntable and the strange Tonarm/Flare is revealed - the sound just echoes from the inside of th ecase

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the tonearm just pivots out and is very lightweight - probably lighter than a whole Meltrope soundbox !

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The Soundbox - "Beltona - Tournaphone London & Melbourne " with Exhibition- Like soundbox springs

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On the side - utilising the space behind the motor is the accessories drawer - for needle tins, the handle, othe rbits ! the underside of the motorboard provides a lid so that when carried the items don;t fall out

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When checking the motor i found a spare spring - unused in the gap between the back of the drawer and the case - there since new !

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and the motor - Swiss made and one of thos which could have a second spring but doesn't - the Beltona trademark is stamped in

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