We are Kevin Adams and Joel Straley, owners
of Rose and Graceys Antiques. Since 1986, we specialized
in the restoration of antique phonographs and talking machines.
The following is a little history about how we got started in antique
In 1984, we purchased a 1921 Sonora Elite phonograph with a Bombay
cabinet and a mahogany tone arm. After six months of playing perfectly,
one of the Sonoras springs broke. Kevin repaired the broken
spring and turned the broken spring dilemma into the start of an
antique phonograph obsession.
The obsession was fueled when we purchased an oak 1915 Victor Victrola
XVI painted orange with its parts in neatly label bags at a local
auction for $35. The Victrola XVI restoration took nearly a month
but the machine looked as though it had rolled off the factory floor.
Excited by the results of the Victrola XVI restoration, we decided
to expand the hobby into an antique phonograph business.
In 1986, we created Rose and Graceys Antiques. The business
inventory was small and consisted of the restored Victor Victrola
XVI and some attic items from our mothers, Rose and Grace. Since
our mothers contributed to the business inventory, it seemed only
fitting to name the business after them.
In 1996, we decided to try the Internet as a means for displaying
our antique phonographs. We created the web site TalkingMachines.com
and have since sold machines all over the world.
Years later and hundreds of restored phonographs later, we've had a lot of pleasure restoring some of the most magnificent
musical reproducing machines ever invented.