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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:07 pm 
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Beautiful machine! I wish mine looked as nice!
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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:34 pm 
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That's a beautiful example of one of the most elegant machines Victor made. I had to drive about eighteen hours round trip to get my first one. Several years later a better example showed up here in town at a local estate sale. If it's not too soon, I might could help you in the search for your Vic VI. Wes


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:25 pm 
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Very nice It took a lot of work but was worth it..... Does it play as good as it looks.?? Tom B


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:33 pm 
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A new blank with authentic formula and spiral core!
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Location: 615 1/2 South Main Street Princeton IL 61356.
I have always liked the look of this particular Victrola.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:41 am 
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mattrx wrote:
Beautiful machine! I wish mine looked as nice!
Matt

Mine is a family machine and so it is one I'll not sell. But someday, I wouldn't mind getting the finish restored properly. The Insurance company (after a family house fire) chose someone and did not choose wisely. Parts missing, wrong color etc. Part of me says to keep it as is-history of the machine. Time will tell.

Nice machine!

Matt


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:43 am 
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Nice machine with all the amenities. Is the index marked? How about the record albums? Any paper or ephemera in the drawer? Great find and in perfect condition. Doesn't come any nicer than this.
Harvey Kravitz


Harvey,

The machine was empty when I got it, but I added things to it, like the blank record index, a correct reproducer box, a manual, some catalogs, etc. I must have all of the goodies for all of my machines, it's a bit of an obsession 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:52 am 
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Very nice It took a lot of work but was worth it..... Does it play as good as it looks.?? Tom B


It absolutely does! After the requisite cleaning and lubrication, the motor runs about as quietly as any of these do. It has slightly less volume than some of my machines with larger horns, but I like that aspect. It's great for piano solos in the evening with a nice Cognac!


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:02 am 
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Here's a photo of some of the goodies:

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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:19 pm 
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mattrx wrote:
mattrx wrote:
Beautiful machine! I wish mine looked as nice!
Matt

Mine is a family machine and so it is one I'll not sell. But someday, I wouldn't mind getting the finish restored properly. The Insurance company (after a family house fire) chose someone and did not choose wisely. Parts missing, wrong color etc. Part of me says to keep it as is-history of the machine. Time will tell.

Nice machine!

Matt


Matt,

A better restoration could also be part of the machine's history.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VTLA - Another check mark on my wish list!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:44 pm 
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That's just beautiful! Coincidentally, I just obtained my first ever Victrola in May – an early VTLA much like yours! I have a small 1-bdrm apartment and I find the VTLA fits perfectly; I suspect any larger Victrola would be too large. I have found volume to be just about perfect with "soft" needles and astoundingly loud with "loud" needles! Still looking for a VTLA "wreath" key…

– Richard


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