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 Post subject: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:30 pm 
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Victor Jr
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Phonograph/desk combo going up for auction. An odd one...


https://davisbrothersauction.hibid.com/lot/77421028/phenomenal-and-rare-custom-phonograph-desk?q=phonograph


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:55 pm 
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That is one heck of a custom phonograph/desk...I was looking for the secret compartment that had the gold and jewels inside. The price was not too bad but the shipping will be bad. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:56 am 
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Victor Monarch Special
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That's quite spectacular. I wonder if it would fit in my basement. I might need some help getting it there. Any volunteers? (Nor in the cards for me but it would be a centerpiece in most collections. :)

Jerry B.


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:10 am 
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Victor III
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OH MY. That is a gorgeous desk :o

I wonder how expensive it will get :?

David


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:46 am 
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Victor VI
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Listing says the works are "Edison". Don't think so.
"He who dies with the most shellac wins"- some nutty record geek


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:38 am 
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Victor VI
An analogue relic trapped in a digital world.
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The words "phenomenal" and "rare" are frequently over used, but in this case they are fully justified. It would be interesting to know it's history.


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:05 am 
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Victor V
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And, for “$8000-$12000”, you get the privilege of handing over your hard-earned coin to an auction house that can’t tell Victor from Edison, even when plainly marked. $1500 max.
"All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds." Richard Brautigan


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:30 am 
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Victor VI
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Zoom in and look at the tone arm. It appears to be Victor tone arm, "wrapped" in wood, right up to u-tube anyway. Cool shooting star inlay on the arm. No other Victor items though, (e.g. crank, turn table, speed control, etc.).

While the desk is extraordinary, it definitely has some condition issues.


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:44 am 
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Twin, back lit horns! Woofer & tweeter??


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 Post subject: Re: desk phonograph
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:23 am 
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Victor III
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I like the bulbs more than anything else. Did Montana have many power plants? I am assuming the lamps ran from 110 volt mains. The style is turn of the century but the No.2 reproducer and wide goose neck speak 1920.


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