The Regina Hexaphone was manufactured in Rahway, NJ by the Regina Company beginning in 1908. The Hexaphone became the most successful of the cylinder coin-operated phonographs. While the Edison and Columbia predecessors only permitted a single selection, the Regina Hexaphone contained a carousel of six separate mandrels and permitted the patron to increase the number of musical choices. There were 3200 made from 1900 to 1922. This machine plays 4-minute cylinders, and the original coin slot on the machine is Circa 1919, is a 25 cent for one cylinder. To play, insert quarter, make selection from on of six tunes, turn crank until stops. This machine was shipped to Florida around 1919 and remained there until purchased by Mr. Templeton. A Regina Hexaphone is on display in the Smithsonian.
Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum
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Regina Music Box Company (New York, N.Y.), "Regina Hexaphone" (1908). Instrument Collection. 61.
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