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FS: Unknown 20-7/16" (52.0 cm) Music Box Discs
By David Evans

We have found some more orphan discs in our disc store, including
the following.  If you have a need for any of them, please email me!

  Stella 15-1/2", quantity 4
  Stella 17-1/4", qty 11
  Symphonion 14-3/4", qty 2 (centre drive)

Also, I need suggestions!  We have some new-looking bright tinned
steel discs of 20-7/16" (or 52.0 cm) diameter.  They have no titles,
no art work, no maker's ID or anything, just that they look unplayed.
They look like Polyphon except they did not make that size.
Periphery driven.

Having researched in Kevin McElhone's Disc Musical Box book, there are
only a few makers who used this size.  They are: Criterion, Euphonia,
Kalliope, Komet, Olympia.

Several other makers used discs a few mm larger or smaller, but only
these makers used 52.0 cm discs.  That size of Kalliope has bells,
and these discs do not look as if they have bell tracks, so we can
eliminate this.

Olympia and Criterion were F G Otto productions, thus American.
McElhone says that in the 15-1/2" (39.4 cm) size, Criterion discs can
by played on Olympias if a sleeve is fitted to the Olympia centre post.
These 52.0 cm discs have a centre hole diameter of 5/8" -- fairly large
compared with some.  So perhaps they're more likely to be Criterion
than Olympia discs.

However, they came with us from UK when we moved to Canada, so perhaps
they are more likely to be for a European musical box. That being so,
perhaps Komet is the most likely contender.

We have about half a dozen of these.  Does anyone have any ideas
or want to try them?  If you need more details of any of the above,
please email me and I can send you tune titles, etc.

David Evans
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Sat 11 Nov 2017, 02:03:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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