1925 Music Master Speaker W/15" Mahogany Bell * Iconic Wood Radio Horn * Works For Sale
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I'm listing a pretty amazing assortment of mechanical, musical and technological antiques this week, and I suspect there will be something of interest to almost everyone.Here's a gorgeous, working 1925 Music Master horn speaker with a 15" mahogany bell. As you can see in the photographs,its condition is excellent throughout, and the original Music Master decal is nearly perfect.
Mahoganybell is in beautiful shape. Airtght glue seams between all leaves, and no broken, chipped or otherwise damaged wood. The original finish has been French-polished to a satiny luster that's free of checking, and it's stunning, as you can see in the photos. Wood grain is rich and distinct. The original factorydecal is still intact on the outside of the bell, and it's almost like new. Original nickel-plated collar secures the bell snugly to the neck, and it is not bent, dinged upor otherwise damaged or deformed. Black crackle enamel on the throat, base and driver coverplate is excellent, with a few nicks and marks here and there but no damage or flaking. The enamel may have been top-coated at some point -- I can't say for sure.
This speaker comes with 2 drivers, and both of them test good. The output of the original driver was weak (at least too weak to be used with an early radio), so I replaced it with another driver whose output is loud and clear. If you're not going to use the speaker and wish to return it to its "factory" state, you can re-install the original driver in a few minutes. Simply unscrew the cover plate from the underside of the base and replace the driver that's in it now with the original one. If you wish to use the speaker with a 20's radio, you'll want to keep the driver that's installed in place and tuck the original away somewhere for posterity. Which driver you wish to keep in the radio has no bearing on the speaker's appearance, as the driver is hidden up inside the base.Shipping will cost a bit more than it usually does due to the fragility of themahogany bell, which will need to go in a separate, oversized, double-boxed package. Rest assured it will arrive at your home in the samefine condition in whichit leaves mine.I have been shipping antique phonographs and radios for years, and if you check my response, you'll see that I know how to do it correctly. Buyer prepays and includes shipping. If you're offerding from overseas, please contact me in advance for a shipping quote. And please note that the speaker cannot be shipped to countries on which the USPS places 79" (length plus girth) package size restrictions. Finally, I cannot understate the value of the package for customs purposes or declare that it is a gift, which it obviously is not.
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