David R E Hunt   
Bell-Tainter Spring Motor
Perfected Graphophone
Type F 1894
Antiques, Collectibles and Curiosities                                      Washington DC Metro Photos
My Grandfather purchased this Graphophone around a 1969 time frame in Alliance, Ohio.He in turn gave it to my father who was a HiFi buff. At the time they had it looked at and it was said to be repairable.

This Bell Tainter Type F Graphophone is one of a handful of specimens in existence and an example of the first commercially available spring driven talking box, an innovation which transformed the industry.

Restoring this rare and early artifact of audio recording history would be both an expensive and convoluted proposition for someone with  minimal background knowledge in this arena, so I decided it best to sell the Graphophone to a worthy collector.  

Eric von Grimmenstein,CEO of Van Ausdall & Farrar,an Indianapolis, Indiana based electronics firm purchased the Graphophone as an addition to their in house museum of vintage recording/playback devices and spent approximately $5K on the restoration.Be sure to scroll to bottom of this page to see large images of the restored Graphophone... https://www.ibj.com/articles/22863-audio-recording-history-on-display-in-dealer-s-hq