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Vintage Columbia portable phonograph, model 161, made around 1928 or so. Fully functional, wind it up before each record--no electricity needed. Excellent mechanical condition. Beautiful real walnut veneer panel drops down to reveal storage for a few records. Has a few cosmetic issues:

--The needle cup is missing (see hole on front left of turntable).
--Light overall wear and aging (shows its 80+ years)
--One side of the handle has broken and has been wired together as a repair.
--I believe the outer faux-alligator covering is not original. However, it is fairly period correct and looks good, so I left it.

This is solid and quite heavy! You don't want to jug this around too far :) Sold as-is.

NOTE: This record player plays 78s (the thick, stiff, 10" records, not vinyl albums or 45s). This is technology from the 1920s, please know what sound quality to expect. This player uses steel needles which last only one play. I only have the needle that came with it. You can 100 needles for just $3.50 at Wyatt's Musical Americana. Links are not allowed in this listing but you can google them. Message me with any questions.


Shipping via USPS parcel post (6-14 days). Tracking and insurance is included. If you need this item sooner please let me know and I'll offer faster shipping options. Tracking and insurance is included. Contact me for combined shipping options if you would like to purchase multiple items. International buyers contact me for options. International buyers are responsible for any import taxes/duties. Thank you!


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1920s Phonograph wind up record player WORKS


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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