1909 Edison Amberola 1-A, factory prototype serial #2
THE EARLIEST KNOWN INTERNAL HORN EDISON PHONOGRAPH KNOWN TO EXIST!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS MACHINE PLAYING AN EARLY ACOUSTIC CYLINDER!

The Amberola 1-A represents the first internal-horn Edison phonograph that would compete with the internal horn machines from Victor and Columbia.
Alongside its technical and aesthetic beauties, the 1-A is revered as being one of the finest sounding phonographs of the cylinder era.  Research
is currently being done with the resources at the Edison Site and Rutgers University on this SPECIFIC phonograph.  It has features and qualities
that will not be found on any other Amberola 1-A model, and the differences are so numerous that I have had to write this website to document them all!

For a gallery of the finished machine, click here!

This machine is a survivor.  Follow the photos and details of its careful restoration on these web pages!

View a detailed photo-gallery of some of its unique and peculiar characteristics!

Article from 1909 which leads me to believe that this phonograph was demonstrated at the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York City Sept 28-Oct 2, 1909 for the phonograph trade.
Letter from Delos Holden (Edison's patent attorney) to Frank Dyer (President of National Phonograph Company) describing his initial inspection of the "hornless" Amberola phonograph.  Holden outlines in the subsequent pages all of the design characteristics of the Amberola which *may* attract lawsuits from Victor Talking Machine Co.  Suggestions are also made as to how patent infringement could be avoided.


Phonography: A Century's Retrospective.  The Edison Amberola 1, "The Second Amberola"
Article for the California Phonograph Society, by George F. Paul. 
Posted to this website with the permission of the author.
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Article by Ron Dethlefson on the early "fish-tail"
4-minute Model-L reproducer used on this specific phongraph (serial # 1012)

Posted to this website with the permission of the author. 

Details unique to this machine
Locations of the "2" serial number stampings
Triton 3-spring motor
Rear door has a key lock
special crank and escutcheon
specific fish-tail Model-L 4-minute reproducer
unique motor casting
unique gear covers only seen on factory drawings, with spring-ball oilers!
gold treatments to vents and grille
one-of-a-kind fiber horn
no ID plate
GOLD finish horn elbow (NOT OXIDIZED!)
unique motor drip pan


Please direct all inquiries to me via email:      wyatt (at) edisondiamonddisc (dot) com