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 Post subject: Gabelola
PostPosted: Sep Mon 06, 2021 6:14 am 
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I know that the Gabel Automatic Entertainer was introduced in home unit form at the World's Fair of 1915, but I have never seen one, or even a photograph of one. Do they exist? What kind of money would one of them cost?

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 Post subject: Re: Gabelola
PostPosted: Sep Mon 06, 2021 7:46 am 
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Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound in the United States. 1993
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The manufacturing numbers may be on-line, but how many survived is anyone's guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabelola
PostPosted: Sep Wed 08, 2021 1:41 am 
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David C. Rockola.

What a convenient name in a world where adding -ola to the end of a word was the going thing :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gabelola
PostPosted: Sep Sun 12, 2021 5:15 pm 
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Here is what the first model of the Gabel Automatic Entertainer looks like. Known by collectors as the 1906 model. Only a few were made before switching over to an enclosed horn cabinet. About 6 are know to exist. The second picture is of the model B. This version was made from about 1910 to 1921. In 1922, a third major variation was offered, with the same cabinet style though with a completely different mechanism (the upper part of the mechanism did resemble the earlier model, but the lower part was all new). Altogether, about 6000 Entertainers were made. Most were destroyed by Wurlitzer in their 1938 campaign to promote the 500/600 model line, or by attrition, so probably less than a few hundred remain.


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 Post subject: Re: Gabelola
PostPosted: Sep Sat 18, 2021 2:58 am 
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The name Rockola was even more appropriate when rock & roll music became popular.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabelola
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Which makes me wonder if his name didn't have an influence on the popularity of the term "Rock & Roll" Though I do know it has a different origin :lol:

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