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 Post subject: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:02 pm 
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Many of you have read and responded to my earlier post "New Find- in the wild" about the Circassian Walnut XVIII--- Lots of forum members have given me great info both on and off-line. I have a question and would greatly appreciate any help--

The wiring harness looks to be intact and in fairly good shape-- BUT-- It appears the power cable should go through the escutcheon on the back panel of the case, with the coiled spring around the cable designed to protect it. What should be happening on the outside of the case-- My wires are just loose ends. I see no evidence of plug-block being attached anywhere, and if a male plug was attached to the cable, so that a longer cord could be attached (similar to my Credenza), then there would be no way to remove the back panel--
I'm confused-- Can anyone shed light on how the power cord should be attached?

Thanks-- See pics below.

Brad Abell


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:21 pm 
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On the one's I've worked on, they are just hard wired in, but I would put a plug back there as it's a lot easier to get that back board off the thing.
That gold plated spring that went through the escutcheon to protect the cord on the back as well. I've only seen few of those, so they must not have had a high survival rate. The lamp shade in the record compartment didn't seem to stick around with those things either. Nice find by the way Brad! Earl.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Thanks Earl-- I can't even picture the little lampshade. The majority of my collecting has been earlier, outside horn machines, so I admittedly know little about the Electric machines. I now have three members who have verified that the cord was hard-wired. I can do that- First, I want to carefully check the harness for breaks.. I think I can replicate it with new wires.

Did you ever get the Virginia dwarf VTLA and the lower case from Michigan married up?

Brad


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:22 pm 
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The one I picked up recently has 7 feet of cord once it exits the cabinet. I haven't had much of an issue of removing the back and finding a safe place to set it within 7 feet. Otherwise it appears I could unscrew the wires from the plug. I've attached a picture of the plug that was on mine when I picked it up, although I am unsure if it's the original one, cord is original at least.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:43 am 
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[quote="EarlH"]On the one's I've worked on, they are just hard wired in, but I would put a plug back there as it's a lot easier to get that back board off the thing.
That gold plated spring that went through the escutcheon to protect the cord on the back as well. I've only seen few of those, so they must not have had a high survival rate. The lamp shade in the record compartment didn't seem to stick around with those things either. Nice find by the way Brad! Earl.[/quote

I've always associated those lampshades with orthophonic machines. Maybe because I never see them on the earlier electrolas.
-bill


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:00 am 
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The lampshade is not the same one used on the Orthophonic machine. It's just a gold plated dome with clips to hold it on the bulb. I'll have to look and see if I have any pictures of the one I saw. The machine it was on had always been in the same family, and they saved everything with the thing. If Victor didn't supply the shade, the dealer may have.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:49 am 
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Ah, a different animal! I've never seen one. Does sound like an item that would be frequently lost.
- bill


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:39 pm 
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Here is the Victor Service Bulletin for the universal electric motor.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:10 pm 
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Brad, if it was mine, I would totally replace the old wiring harness with modern cloth covered wire... Even though it may appear to be good, 100+ year old copper wiring is brittle and why take a chance on it shorting out sometime or causing a fire? Some "purists" take pride in the fact that their wiring is original, as if that is a good thing. Like rust and corrosion, old wiring is not a patina, but rather a potential hazard. Wiring connections on old electrical items are often corroded and don't provide a good contact connection. I have rewired a number of antique lighting fixtures and discovered plenty of potential problems, which were resolved by rewiring with modern wire that is much improved over the early stuff. What is important is the appearance of the wiring, not the age, so if you have modern wiring that looks antique you have the best of both worlds.

Here is an example of cloth covered modern wire and a vintage looking plug that provides the correct polarity to go with it...
WIRE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M58CD80/re ... fe8814db4b
PLUG: https://www.amazon.com/Lamp-Brown-Acorn ... BSQXA6SSPE


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"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: Help Needed on VE-XVIII Electric Cord set-up.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:17 pm 
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thatonejohn wrote:
The one I picked up recently has 7 feet of cord once it exits the cabinet. I haven't had much of an issue of removing the back and finding a safe place to set it within 7 feet. Otherwise it appears I could unscrew the wires from the plug. I've attached a picture of the plug that was on mine when I picked it up, although I am unsure if it's the original one, cord is original at least.


That is a perfect example of wiring that looks hazardous, frayed insulation, etc. The plug is missing its insulating disc, leaving bare wires exposed... If you have grandchildren or children around your house, this is an unsafe situation... plug that in and accidentally touch the screws to see what happens... If you think I am being too cautious, invite someone from your fire department to come by and inspect this or send a picture of this wiring to your insurance company...
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
My Wife


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