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 Post subject: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Really scarce machine! Condition is a bit iffy however. Still....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victrola-victor ... 1438.l2649


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:28 pm 
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A few more pics...


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:15 pm 
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Scarce indeed but needing lots of work. Also appears to be missing the electric reproducer head, which was kind of the whole point of creating this machine in the first place!


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:29 pm 
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52089 wrote:
Scarce indeed but needing lots of work. Also appears to be missing the electric reproducer head, which was kind of the whole point of creating this machine in the first place!



Yup, she's got issues. Currently pretty darn cheap however.

(BTW, not mine.)


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
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Near me, what do ya know


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:25 pm 
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So, this model can play both acoustically, and (with magnetic pick-up head) electrically? Thats very curious.


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
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Yes, they can. Charley Hummel had a nicely restored example a few years ago. The sound was very impressive.

Sean


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
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Phototone wrote:
So, this model can play both acoustically, and (with magnetic pick-up head) electrically? Thats very curious.



Yes, but either way, they still play through the Orthophonic horn. The electric speaker driver uses what appears to be the same type diaphragm that the acoustic reproducer uses.


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
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JerryVan wrote:
Phototone wrote:
So, this model can play both acoustically, and (with magnetic pick-up head) electrically? Thats very curious.



Yes, but either way, they still play through the Orthophonic horn. The electric speaker driver uses what appears to be the same type diaphragm that the acoustic reproducer uses.


Why would Victor produce a machine like this? It has no radio, so no actual "need" for electric playback.


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 Post subject: Re: Orthophonic 8-60 on eBay
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:34 am 
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Phototone wrote:
JerryVan wrote:
Phototone wrote:
So, this model can play both acoustically, and (with magnetic pick-up head) electrically? Thats very curious.



Yes, but either way, they still play through the Orthophonic horn. The electric speaker driver uses what appears to be the same type diaphragm that the acoustic reproducer uses.


Why would Victor produce a machine like this? It has no radio, so no actual "need" for electric playback.

That's a good question! In the book "Look For The Dog" Robert Baumbach's description reads "This bizarre instrument...using a single tone arm with two sound boxes, the 8-60 offered its indecisive owner the option of hearing records reproduced in the traditional acoustical manner, or in conjunction with the newest electronic technology."
This was during the final boom period for Victor and its Orthophonic line of machines. Many different combinations were offered, with buyers and money being plentiful before the 1929 crash.
"Comparison is the thief of joy" Theodore Roosevelt


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