Columbia BF

One of the "20th Century" models, capable of playing standard and "20 Century" (6 inch) records

The early models are elegantly cased with corner columns and intricate molding.

To compete with the longer-running time of the disc record, Columbia attempted to create a 3 minute record standard. These "20th Century" records were 6 inches long, and required a longer mandrel to play them. These records never really caught on, and it wasn't until the 4 minute Amberol records from Edison, that the playing time was significantly increased.

The Lyric reproducer has no weight, and tension to the stylus bar is instead created with a small spring. The model and serial number information is stamped on the end of the carrier arm rod, and can be seen more clearly in the inset.