Note: To date and get an idea of rarity of a Victor Product, please read this page carefully, and then click the “Product Information” link at the bottom of the page! If you have already read and understand this information, click here to skip this page. Before the age, history and value of a Victor product can be determined, the phonograph must be correctly identified. Fortunately for collectors, the process of identifying a Victor phonograph is not difficult. The Victor Talking Machine Company did an excellent job of providing model identification, along with a unique serial number for most models, which makes dating their phonographs a relatively easy task in most cases. Every Victor phonograph has a metal dataplate affixed either on or near the motorboard for machines with lids , on the side of the phonograph for most external horn and lidless models , or under the turntable for low-priced and some portable models of the 20’s.
Never judge a show by its pilot not always, anyway : A couple of months ago, I weighed in with a negative review of Gossip Girl , the less heralded of O. I sensed that behind this table-setter of a pilot, there was a nasty little guilty pleasure ready to pounce. And yet… why is there a small part of me that wants to tune in next week?
Mar 9, – Victor VV-XI Victrola J’ai le même à la maison mais vide de son Inside is an original Edison gold medallion, and the patent is dated from to.
Posted: Nov Sun 15, pm. First of all I will state that this is my first post here and that I did search the archives for information, but without a definite model number, I am handicapped. I have a dated via speaker code RCA Victrola console stereo. Model VGT??? F, unreadable number maybe ? Can anyone identify this model?? I’m looking for a schematic on this model because the power resistor in the power supply gets very hot and smokes and fails when I turn it on. I have replaced the capacitors because they tested faulty.
Posted: Nov Mon 16, am. I’m not familiar with the solid state models but the tube sets always had a chassis number and date code stamped on each chassis. RCA chassis numbers are listed in Sams Photofacts.
Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings Project History
Part 2 in the Vocalion Discography series — covering the vertical-cut and pre classical, operatic, and miscellaneous series — is in final fact-checking and editing for release this Spring.
The older of the two, dating to , is a tabletop cylinder player with an The Victrola, manufactured by the Victor Talking Machine Company.
Encountering Antique Phonographs
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Paul Edie talks about collecting antique Victor Victrola phonographs, Paul can be reached via his website, The Victor-Victrola Page, which is I have a very large collection of records dating from into the early ‘s.
Circa This model Berliner, Style 5, with the optional brass horn became the trademark of first the Berliner Gramophone Company, then the Victor Talking Machine Company and later RCA Victor as a result of a painting of the time by Francis Barraud which was purchased along with the copyright by the Berliner Company. Introduced in This example has the earlier concert soundbox and optional all brass 30 inch horn.
This rear mount model with “rigid arm” was introduced in late This rear mount model with the “tapered arm dates from about
Victor’s Use of Matrix Numbers
By Maribeth Keane — December 18th, Paul Edie talks about collecting antique Victor Victrola phonographs , including inside and outside horn models, the history of the company, and the evolution of the phonograph machines in general. When I was around 10, my grandfather passed away, and my dad brought home his Victrola and stuck it under the stairs in the basement.
1. Victor Victrola VV serial number oak case · Rockisland This is a late Victor Victrola VV-IV dating from around It was a cheap ebay.
Moran, in the early s. Fagan, a United Nations interpreter, and Mr. Moran, a geologist for the oil industry, both collected recordings primarily classical music and shared their dismay over the lack of information available about Victor Red Seal records. Corresponding by post for a number of years, they conceived a project to document every Victor classical recording. According to Mr. Fagan’s introduction to the second and last published volume of their discography, as he and Mr. Moran developed their classical music discography they came to recognize that there would be equal interest by scholars and collectors in the recording sessions that surrounded Victor’s classical music recording sessions.
They recognized that to limit their publication to the classical sessions would have been “inappropriate,” and that the complete historical context of Victor’s history, the “total picture,” was necessary. With that realization, they expanded their goal to document every Victor recording session for 78rpm discs. In , Mr. Fagan devoted many thousands of hours to compiling lists of the tens of thousands of Victor master recording sessions. Fagan’s process was to create index cards for each recording session listed in Victor’s ledgers, which were arranged by recording artist.
The artist ledgers included the dates of recording, the names of works performed, the number of “takes” recorded, and a limited amount of information about accompanists or musical forces employed at the session. Fagan collated this information with that found on Victor’s “Blue History Cards,” the company’s archival collection of more than , cards documenting every disc released by the company.
The Original Grammy
Please email if you have questions, corrections or comments on anything you see. Victor was the dominant figure in the record and phonograph market in the early s. There is much published about them so I will not attempt to tell the story here. Victor was started by Eldridge R.
Information about the Victor Talking Machine company and the models it produced. Articles including phonograph identification, dating,Â Victor Victrola portable.
Victor Product Information. To determine the date of manufacture and rarity of your Victrola, simply scroll down the list below and click on the model you are interested in, and look-up the serial number on the resulting listing. Readers are encouraged to review the section Victor Production Identification before reading the dating charts and valuation charts, so that the correct model information is understood.
If you own a Victor product, and would like to contribute to the master database, please click here to access the questionnaire. No names or addresses are necessary, only information relative to your phonograph’s serial number, design features, etc. These dates often , or similar indicate the date that a particular design was originally patented, not when the machine was produced. The License Sticker date will also likely not reflect the accurate production date of your Victor or Victrola machine.
Be sure to carefully read the dataplate and click on the EXACT model type, exactly as shown on the plate. Do not mistake the number “1” for the letter “I”.
The Victrola: Great-Grandpa’s iPod
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Hagley Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
The IX was a very popular “upscale” tabletop Victrola. This model used a inch turntable and two spring motor. The model IX was available in either mahogany or oak finishes, but mahogany was by far the most popular choice. The progressive suffix letters after the serial number indicate minor changes to the design location of speed control, type of tonearm support, etc.
The cabinet also went through several minor design changes. Earliest production versions have very closely spaced downward facing slats in the horn opening. Small “feet” were added to the cabinet in An estimated total of , Victrola IX’s were produced. The serial number range for this model start on , and ends in , Based on the records, this specific model , G was finished on November 9th, Myself in front of the same place where this actual model was sold c.
Originally, a phonograph from the Victor Talking Machine Company, Camden, NJ, but it eventually became more of a generic term for any brand of phonograph. The turntables of phonographs of that era were usually powered by wind-up springs. Also, there was no electronic amplification. The grooves of the record caused the phonograph needle to vibrate and it, in turn, caused a metal diaphragm to which it was attached, to vibrate also.
The sound from the vibrating metal disk was acoustically coupled to a large megaphone-like horn mounted in the phonograph cabinet.
This encompasses the beginnings of this series, plus a revision dated August 15, upon the adoption of Also, between early when RCA Victor issued their first LP’s and summer , there was another character V = Victrola.
By Hoag Levins March 4, A group of visiting senior citizens gathered around the wooden horn of the year-old music player stepped back, obviously surprised by the power of the sound. Previously sedate, the group’s members became animated. One clapped her hands in unexpected delight. A third’s face stretched into a quiet smile at the operatic beauty of the nostalgic performance. For the next twenty minutes, as they listened to more songs on hand-cranked players, the visitors repeatedly interrupted the exhibit narrator to tell their own stories about how their grandparents and great aunts used these same machines to fill their living rooms with joy and their family members’ heads with memories.
Larger photo. You could just feel that this exhibit wanted to sing. Snyder and other Society staffers cleaned and repaired the machines, rummaging through the Historical Society’s storage areas to locate original replacement parts, needles, records and cylinders. And we have boxes and boxes of old records we haven’t even catalogued yet.