[78-L] SPECIAL B. Blue Amberol Cylinder??

Sammy Jones sjones69 at bellsouth.net
Sat Nov 9 23:52:56 PST 2013

I own one of those 4-minute converter kits and successfully fitted it to my 
Edison Standard Phonograph a few years ago.  Without instructions, it took a 
few hours.  I'm happy it's done, but I don't want to go through that again.

Somehow I managed to break the belt that drives the mandrel in the process, 
and it took me quite a while to find a suitable replacement.

Sammy Jones

> When the wax Amberol cylinder came out in 1908 and again  when the Blue
> Amberol came out in 1912, Edison gave the purchasers of new machines or
> converting kits a set of 10 or 12 cylinders that were available only
> that way.  They were "numbered" Special A, Special B, etc.  I don't
> think the two sets were the same recordings.  My reference books are too
> low in the pile to check.
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [78-L] SPECIAL B. Blue Amberol Cylinder??
> From: Clifford Bolling <78records at cdbpdx.com>
> Date: Thu, November 07, 2013 9:06 pm
> To: 78-l Online <78-l at 78online.com>
> I'm recording some Blue Amberol cylinders I got from a 2nd hand store
> in La Grande, OR and one of them does not have a catalog number, instead
> it says 'SPECIAL B.'
> What is a SPECIAL B.?
> http://pdx78s.cdbpdx.com/CYL/SpB/tn-400_Label_BLUE-AMBEROL_SPECIAL-B.JPG
> Thanks!  Cliff

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