In a message dated 12/4/09 3:17:39 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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See that felt-lined
bin on the left, Paul? That's clue number one. This thing is a
CHANGER!!!!!!!! It worked by putting a stack of records on the
turntable and this arm would lift and slide the top record into the bin
when it was finished, and then the next one down on the stack would be
played. There is a metal tag on the back of the turntable which says
"Use a flat, unwarped record at bottom of stack on turntable. Start
with record pocket empty."
When the owner opened the lid the first thing I noticed was the pocket on
the left and I thought --- a changer! The right edge of the pocket is
slanted, to permit discs to slide in (and crack) rather than drop in (and
crack). I saw something like this years ago in the home of a friend's
parents. I believe the plate on that machine said Vocalion --- a company I don't
associate with machines of this period. I also think the changing
mechanism was a bit different and looked less like what might be a recording arm.
I dismissed the idea of changer here, however, because the storage
compartment was filled with home-recorder discs.
I gather now that this GE model served both purposes.