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 Post subject: Sonora Hand Crank Phonograph - More Info Questions
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:06 am 
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Victor Jr
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Looking to get more detail about a Sonora Hand Crank Model Phonograph. Unsure of the date, just any other information would be helpful, and a potential value. This Sonora belongs to my father who wishes to sell it, but I want to ensure I get an understanding of details and value before posting it online. Hoping the attached pictures will work, if not please let me know and I will try adding the pictures again.

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Dana


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 Post subject: Re: Sonora Hand Crank Phonograph - More Info Questions
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:45 am 
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Sonora table model- these are nice but a bit bulky as table machines go. I'd say around $100


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 Post subject: Re: Sonora Hand Crank Phonograph - More Info Questions
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:54 am 
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Looks like a mice table made sometime around 1915. Mahogany would be the most common wood. Sonora was an off brand so it is not as commonly seen today. A comparable Victor model would be the Victrola IX. A nice mahogany Victrola IX in good working order is worth around $200. Your Sonora is worth about the same. Hope this helps.

Jerry Blais


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 Post subject: Re: Sonora Hand Crank Phonograph - More Info Questions
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:21 am 
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It has a some of the earlier Sonora features so it probably dates around 1915 to 1918.(I do think it's a pre-1920 model.)

Sonora was founded around 1900 first making chimes for clocks, they later branched off into phonographs with the company entirely shifting to them a little later. Sonora would go on to be in the top 5 phonograph manufacturers by the early 1920s and are regarded as one of the best off-brands. The value can really depend on your location, but I've seen some table top Sonora's sell for around $100-$200 in good condition.


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