MIRA “MIRAPHONE” DISK MUSIC BOX & PHONOGRAPH ” ABSOLUTELY SUPERB CONDITION “. As you know, the Swiss were the pioneers and virtual monopolizers of the music box industry throughout the 19th century. Their dominance in the manufacture and distribution of cylinder music boxes was legendary. But, later on, the Germans came up with a competing format , the disk music box, that threw the Swiss for a loop. Mermod Freres of St. Croix, Switzerland, who had a long history as watchmakers, and of fine cylinder music boxes, entered the fray with designs of their own. The Stella music box, for instance, featured disks without projections. But Stellas did not have the volume or resonance to effectively compete against Polyphons or Symphonions, so Mermod brought out their “Mira” line, with full volume and dynamic sound that had no equal. To this day, experts agree, the finest-sounding disk music boxes, size for size, are Miras. As phonographs started to overtake music boxes as the primary form of home entertainment, the important makers tried to incorporate phonographs and created “hybrid” machines such as this. Unfortunately, the popularity of phonographs was so great as to drive the music box makers out of business by the early 1920’s. This, though is a fabulous relic of the era. I will unequivocally state that this is the finest sounding Mira I have ever heard. Playing 18.5 disks (Mira’s largest), it’s sound quality is unrivaled by any music box, regardless of size. There are no broken teeth, no damper squeaks, no issues at all, and the sound benefits from “bridges” between the bedplate and sound board. Take a look and listen here. Musicaltreasuresofmiami: Mira Miraphone Music Box & Phonograph #398h – YouTube. The phonograph components, supplied to Mira by Columbia, consist of the tone arm with integral reproducer and turntable, similar to the components Columbia also supplied to Regina for their Reginaphones. Take a listen here. Musicaltreasuresofmiami: Mira Miraphone Music Box & Phonograph #398 – YouTube. Impeccably polished and decorated, still exhibiting the original, ornate decals. Measures 30″ wide x 24″ deep x 42″ high (when closed) and 63″ high (when opened). There is a locking storage cabinet beneath for the music disks, turntable, etc. We are offering this with a BRAND-NEW set of 18.5 diameter disks that we had custom-made in England by Renaissance Disks, and we assure you, these disks are better than originals, they play perfectly, are specially coated to prevent rust, and are the only disks we ever use in our personal music boxes. Here are the titles. O COME ALL Y FAITHFUL. CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA – INTERMEZZO. POET & PEASANT OVERTURE. IL TRAVATORE – MISERE. IL TRAVATORE – CHORUS. This comes from our personal collection, and we have enjoyed it for many years. You will be absolutely thrilled to own such a fine, historic instrument. We are a leading world-wide dealer and specialist in mechanical music, clocks and phonographs and stand by what we sell 100%. Musical Treasures of Miami. 2940 West Lake Vista Circle, Davie, FL 33328. Antique Music Boxes – Clocks – Phonographs. The item “FABULOUS MIRA MIRAPHONE MUSIC BOX & PHONOGRAPH” is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “musicaltreasuresofmiami” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany