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 Post subject: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:33 pm 
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I purchased this Victrola VV 8-12 a couple of weeks ago. The tone arm back bracket was in very bad shape and it had to be replaced. But when I open the rear panel I found that the metal connector that goes between the tone arm and horn was in pieces. I tried to find it here on the forum, but no one had it so I had to made it myself. Here are some pictures of the final product and also a couple of videos so you can hear it play. What do you think?


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https://youtu.be/JGwH50dcz3k Jean Sablon "La Valse Au Village"

https://youtu.be/YX1Yl6aJnQQ George Duning / Morris Stoloff ‎– Theme From "Picnic"

https://youtu.be/F1cb9Mtuv7g Dinah Shore "Eternally"


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:12 pm 
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I think it sounds very good. It seems to handle those later production 78s very well. It will probably sound even better--more bass presence--with some good condition Orthophonic or Viva-Tonal discs.

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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:48 pm 
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I've got both kinds of music--classical & rag-time.
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Amazing fabrication! Keep 'em spinning--this is what restoration is all about!


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:23 pm 
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Here are two more Youtube videos of it playing a Victor Orthophonic Record and a Columbia Viva-tonal Record.

https://youtu.be/nvZKYWUGuBw Las Tenazas (?Como va a ser?) (The Pincers)

https://youtu.be/qeIG653UAaQ Novaya Zizn. Waltz



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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:33 am 
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You did a great job. It is imperative that all connections are sealed and tight (no air leaks). I own a number of Orthophonics and the connections from the soundbox to the horn must be as airtight as possible. About 30 years ago, I acquired a beat up Credenza. I had read about how great they were, but the sound was disappointing until I opened the back, found a loose connection and fixed it. What an amazing difference! You have done the same thing with your 8-12. I even wrote an article for the MAPS ITG on this subject a number of years ago.

Enjoy your machine!
Best regards ... AZ*


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:35 am 
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Fantastic job! Sounds great to me. Always makes me happy to see skilled people making replacement parts/repairs.
"There are two kinds of people in this world: people who eat grapes in the grocery store and good people."


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
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I hate pot metal
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AWESOME repair! GREAT sound! One day I’ll get my VV 8-4 sounding that good.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:05 pm 
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Nice workmanship. Looks great even though it will not be seen under normal circumstances. Cheers, Russie


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Here are some pictures of the machine as well, thank you for all the great comments.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola VV 8-12 (new acquisition)
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:18 am 
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It truly is a beautiful machine, and your craftsmanship is excellent!


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