Featured Phonograph № 138 - Victrola VV-120 American Walnut

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Featured Phonograph № 138 - Victrola VV-120 American Walnut

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Make: Victor Talking Machine Co.
Model: VV-120
Serial No. 3516
Year(s) Made: 1921-1922, (this machine was produced in 1921)
Original Cost: $225.00
Case/Cabinet Size: 49" tall, 23" wide by 24.75" deep
Turntable/Mandrel: 12" turntable
Reproducer/Sound-Box: Victrola No.2
Motor: spring, (4)
Horn Dimensions: 16.5" x 9.5"
Reproduction Parts: None
Current Value: subjective and not for sale
Interesting Facts: This particular machine is in nicely figured American Walnut. Apart from the model number, the VV-120 is identical to a late VV-XVI.
VV-XVI spring motor production was 197,020. VV-120 spring motor production was only 8,424. The machine is all original and played often.

The baseboard heater is forced hot water and is 15" from the machine. A heat deflector will be in place before winter. The albums are from an earlier VV-XVI and in extremely nice condition with one missing from the set.
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That is a stunningly beautiful machine! Thanks for presenting it as a featured phonograph. Could I ask you to share a few pictures of the motor as well, since I think that was different from earlier VV-XVI machines? The albums with the gold/brass rings are probably 8 years older than the machine, as you stated already. What style album would have been in a VV-120 originally? The same style, just with cloth rings, or a completely different style?

Thanks again
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Boy, that's pretty wood - thanks for posting!

I know a collector (and good friend) who would love that set of albums for his 1914 Victrola XVI...

George P.

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alang wrote:That is a stunningly beautiful machine! Thanks for presenting it as a featured phonograph. Could I ask you to share a few pictures of the motor as well, since I think that was different from earlier VV-XVI machines? The albums with the gold/brass rings are probably 8 years older than the machine, as you stated already. What style album would have been in a VV-120 originally? The same style, just with cloth rings, or a completely different style?

Thanks again
Andreas
I added some motor pictures. The machine had a couple original albums, (probably original to the machine. The machine is unmolested, less the motor cleaning and reproducer rebuild). The albums were the same as the late Victrola VV-XVI.
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phonogfp wrote:Boy, that's pretty wood - thanks for posting!

I know a collector (and good friend) who would love that set of albums for his 1914 Victrola XVI...

George P.
I added a couple more pictures of the wood, (thank you George. I deserve no credit for the pretty wood, but I am proud to be the caretaker). The VV-120 was a bit less ornate than the early VV-XVI, but I like the proportions, especially the horn opening and the curves of the columns near the horn doors.

Even though the albums are incorrect, they are at lease from a Victrola XVI. Unfortunately, the earlier albums were nicer than the than the later albums. I may give them up at some time if I find a nice set of the later albums for a VV-120 or late VV-XVI.
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That is a beautiful phonograph. Thank you for sharing that unusual( the wood) but extremely nice phonograph. It almost looks like it came out of the factory. Tom

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tomb wrote: It almost looks like it came out of the factory.
It did! :)

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It's machines like this one that keep me coming back to this forum every day. Stunning example in American Walnut. I really wish more collectors would add their most important and prized phonographs to the Featured Phonograph section of the forum. Thanks to you for posting such a fine example.
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This is indeed one beautiful machine. :o
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