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 Post subject: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Victor V
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The reciprocal trading agreement between Victor and HMV prevented the sale of Victrolas in the UK, but some found their way here later in life. What model is this?
It appears to have been refinished and the soundbox may be a replacement. The turntable mat certainly is.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Victrola-Que ... 1438.l2649


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:22 pm 
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Looks like a VV-215 (see http://www.victor-victrola.com/215.htm), if the left half of the split lid is fixed; otherwise it's a VV-S-215, if both halves open.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:55 pm 
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The gooseneck on the tone arm appears to be angled or bent to improve the “offset” of the soundbox. I wonder if that is a period accessory or modern adaptation?

Glenn


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:09 pm 
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I doubt if this will sell for this price and collection only :(

Quite a few Victrolas turn up in the UK I guess they were brought here by US servicemen in the war ?


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
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soundgen wrote:
Quite a few Victrolas turn up in the UK I guess they were brought here by US servicemen in the war ?


VV-215 was produced 1923-24, too late for WWI and obsolete by WWII.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
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A lot of stuff from the UK was shipped here in container loads of miscellaneous "Antiques" - you suppose some American stuff made the return trip?


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:21 am 
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I was told that gramophones used on ocean liners often ended up on the "wrong" side of the Atlantic.

If an American ship was refitted in Europe or vice versa, the old fixtures and fittings would be sold either by auction at the quayside or to the crew at advantageous prices. There may be something in this theory, as many of the Victrolas I have seen for sale were located on or near the coast, including the subject of this thread. Sunderland, where this machine currently resides, was one of the UK's largest shipbuilding towns.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola on UK eBay.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:14 am 
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Is there a serial number plate on this one?


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