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FS: Discs For Celesta 15-5/8" & Komet 10-1/4"
By David Evans

We have several orphan disc music box discs which we hope someone
may want:

(1) We have eight zinc Celesta 15-5/8" discs which look in very
good condition.  The German Celesta machine was a competitor with
Polyphon, etc, but a much smaller operation. These discs have both
peripheral drive (same as Polyphon and Regina) and also provision
for centre drive, with square and D-shaped drive holes.  They will
play on Polyphon/Regina but, as Kevin McElhone remarks, the result is
not very pleasant, as the tuning scale of the instruments was quite

(2) We also have two steel Komet 10-1/4" discs, slightly rusty but
otherwise in good condition.  Both McElhone and Bowers state that
the Komet 10-1/4" machines used projectionless discs, but these have
projections (in good order visually).  The word KOMET is clearly
printed on both in block capitals with no embellishments, just the
name, title and disc number.

If anyone is interested please let me know and will send more details.
Any offer considered; it can be shipped at your expense, or can be
collected from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

 [ added later -- ]

Having done a little reading and measurement, I note that the Komet
10-1/4" machine has 40 teeth (Q. David Bowers, who illustrates an
original advert stating that) or 45 teeth (Kevin McElhone, who includes
a tuning scale for the 10-1/4" Komet).  Having measured these two
discs, it seems that 4 projections occupy 10 mm.  The distance from
the lowest bass projection to the highest treble one is 105 mm.  Thus
it appears that these discs play on a machine with 42 teeth.

Despite the word Komet on them, I am wondering if they might fit the
Phoenix/Saxonia machine of that size, which has 42 teeth?  Does anyone
have one of these and could try them on it?

David Evans
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

(Message sent Sun 5 Nov 2017, 21:13:41 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  10-1, 15-5, 4, 8, Celesta, Discs, FS, Komet

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