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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:22 pm 
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I think it looks good! The longer I'm in this hobby the more I appreciate things with the original finish, blemishes and roughness and all. Everybody's different (and I think since the 1950s people have been raised with ultra-glossy plastic furniture so it skews expectations). I've refinished several that were in terrible condition, but my favorites are still the originals, by far. There's a certain honestly about leaving an old thing as it is found, and it can really add unexpected character to the modern landscape.

I have a Victrola X that I occasionally play. Every time I do, I'm impressed with the sound and I just can't part with it.
Keep what you like and enjoy it--and thanks for not parting it out on Ebay.
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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:31 pm 
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A little O/T but the record I’m playing in the video is “Slippery Hank” by Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band with Ted Lewis on The clarinet. I cannot image the reaction towards such a hot sounding record when it was released in the summer of 1917. Lol.


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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:35 pm 
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Well I’m crossing my fingers hoping this machine and my other floor models aren’t going to be ruined by this stupid flood! : :evil: :(


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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:30 pm 
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Crap, flooding.

Andy, while I can't help you cheat the laws of nature, I can suggest going and scrounging some large cinder blocks or bricks or chunks of wood--and putting all your phonographs on blocks.

You can also use bed risers. As long as the feet are out of the water they will probably be salvageable--unless there is mold or the house falls in.


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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:45 pm 
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VanEpsFan1914 wrote:
Crap, flooding.

Andy, while I can't help you cheat the laws of nature, I can suggest going and scrounging some large cinder blocks or bricks or chunks of wood--and putting all your phonographs on blocks.

You can also use bed risers. As long as the feet are out of the water they will probably be salvageable--unless there is mold or the house falls in.

Well it’s not totally severe (only a couple inches) and most of my records and machines that I can carry are upstairs and safe. I also just got word my dad’s house where the XI, 8-4, and the 111 are should be fine. But the house with the c-19 and oak XI I’m kinda nervous about. Because DDs and moisture do not mix. But hopefully it’s only a couple inches and the dds I like the most are in the top slats. Still sucks though, ice jams are no joke. I’ll see what happens on Monday when I can get back into town. Such a shame happening so close to my birthday.


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 Post subject: Re: A couple progress pics of my 1917 VV-XI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:52 pm 
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So that is what these cabinets are, VV-XI. I have one that my VV-IX sets on top of and I use the "VV-XI" as record storage. I grabbed it from my brother back in the early 90's as he was about to throw it away (he was helping some "old fellow" clear out his house).

My VV-IX is not exactly stable but it works ;-)


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Columbia Type B 181874 - was my uncles, who found it in a ghost town (so he told me).
Victrola VV-IX 161087 G - was my great grandmothers, I remember dancing with her when I was 4 or so in her parlor.
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