Edison Triumph model A

Triumph model A with non-Edison cygnet horn
Triumph model A, photo 1

Most of the Edison phonographs collectors are familiar with have a black painted bedplate. This Triumph model A has a nickle-plated bedplate and a mahogany case. It also sports a cygnet horn... not unusual, until you notice that it has NO support crane! While craneless cygnet horns are seen on the Edison Opera (which post-date this machine by several years), the Opera also has a stationary reproducer which enables stronger support for the horn. The heavy cygnet horn on a most so-equipped phonographs needs a crane to support its weight so as not to interfere with the moving reproducer.

Triumph model A, photo 2

By making the horn out of a very light-weight material (in this case thin, stamped aluminum), and the elbow out of gutta percha (an early plastic), this horn, made by the Ideal Company (patented July 23, 1907), can ride the reproducer without the need of a crane . Since gutta percha is so fragile, most of these horns today are found without the elbow.

Triumph model A, photo 3

Detail of the horn support.

The model 'A', first sold in 1901 for $40, cost an additional $25 with the nickle-plating, and an additional $10 with the mahogany case.

A total of $75, at a time when $2.50 a day was considered a living wage. This is roughly equivilant to buying a DVD player today for $3000!