How can I tell how old my Victrola is?

How can I tell how old my Victrola is?

It is common for these stickers to have fallen off, or become damaged over time, and consequently, your phonograph may not have an intact one remaining. If you do find it, the most obvious date (Month, Day, Year) on the lower left corner of the sticker is often mistaken for the date that the machine was manufactured.

When was the Victor Victrola invented?

History of Victrola Victrola, one of the leading turntable manufacturers, was born in 1906 in Camden, NJ when first introduced to the American public by the Victor Talking Machine Company.

When was the Victrola used?

This novel invention was aggressively marketed as the new “Victor-Victrola”, and advertising for this product appeared in all major magazines during the summer of 1906.

What is an antique Victrola worth?

Antique Victrola Values On the whole, Victrolas are worth anywhere between $500-$5,000, depending on the collector’s needs and how many repairs would be needed to make the machine run again, with fully functioning Victrolas being the most expensive and tabletops being the least.

Do Victrola records have value?

We are not record experts, and have no information on the value of records other than to say that 99% of 78 RPM Victor (and other brand) records are worth no more than $2.00 each in good condition, and many are worth less than that. That fact hurts a lot of people’s feelings, but it’s absolutely true.

Where is the Victrola serial number?

Each dataplate has a serial number found on the right and a model identification that is stamped on the left. Each model comes with a unique serialization.

When was the talking machine invented?

Thomas Edison amazed the world in 1877 when he invented his “talking machine,” the first instrument ever to record and play back sound. The phonograph, as the machine came to be called, made indentations on tinfoil with a stylus.

When did Victor become RCA Victor?


Victor Talking Machine Company
Status Merged with RCA in 1929, renamed RCA Victor
Genre Classical, blues, popular, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk
Country of origin United States
Location Camden, New Jersey

How much is a Victrola worth today?

Most Victrola (internal horn) models are still quite commonly found at estate sales and on EBay, with the average selling price in the $50 to $200 range for typical “attic-stored” machines.

Are victrolas worth anything?

The condition of a Victrola often determines its value as an antique. According to, a VV-XI left exposed in an unfinished attic space is worth around $100-$150, while a Victrola of the same model in mint condition sells for over $750.

When was the first Victor Talking Machine made?

The term Victrola thus applies ONLY to internal horn phonographs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company, and is not a general term for all old or antique phonographs. The first internal horn phonograph, originally selected as The Victor-Victrola, was marketed in 1906.

Where does a Victrola phonograph serial number come from?

All Victor and Victrola phonographs were originally delivered from the factory to the dealer with two attachments: 1) a metal plate with machine and company identification (similar to picture on left). On the bottom, this plate has the model identification and the unique serial number of the machine.

What does the tag say on the Victor Victrola?

You’ve probably found a metal tag on your Victor Talking Machine that says “1904” and/or “1906” on it. There is likely some Chinese and Spanish writing on it as well.

What is the serial number on a Victor horn?

On the leftmost plate above, the model is a “VV-XI” and the serial number is “836749 “. “VV” stands for Victor-Victrola. Some external horn machines have only a “V” for Victor. Some models may use “Type” or “Style” before the model identifier.

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