Deutsche Grammophon

The world-wide network of  Victor Talking Machine-related companies extended far beyond Camden, NJ where the firm started. Victor evolved out of the Berliner Gramophone Company, which had quickly established a British office. This foothold in the UK, The Gramophone Company Ltd, was to play an important role in the evolution of the disc talking machine -- controlling its dissemination into all parts of Europe. Although sub-contractors such as Deutsche Grammophon in Germany were set up under the principal distributorship of the British branch of Victor, their independence was limited. Yet, Victor-related products looked different in different countries! This instrument is in fact a Victor I (as it was known in the USA) -- however, its appearance has been modified for Germany tastes.

How was the transformation accomplished? The Victor branch in each country had the liberty to order locally constructed cabinets. Here we see how arrestingly beautiful this German-made oak cabinet is. Deutsche Grammophon used a similar cabinet for a front-mounted machine it called the Style No.3a.

The joinery and carving are first rate. Plus, thus instrument has its original finish. In Europe the Victor-related companies used a celluloid finish, instead of shellac. This celluloid finish shows little or no sign of age, even after more than a century.

In Europe the "His Master's Voice" trade mark, featuring the famous fox terrier Nipper, was not employed until the middle of the first decade of the twentieth century. Instead, European-sold Victors used the "Recording Angel" trade mark, shown here still perfectly intact on this celluloid tag.

One of the foremost features of this Gramophone is its handy and convenient size -- the turntable, for example, measures 8" in diameter. The SOUND, however, is BIG. It employs the same soundbox (needlehead) that all the Victor machines have (the "Exhibition"), so it produces reliable, high quality music from your 78s. And of course we have meticulous rebuilt the soundbox for optimum performance. Note the original gold filigree decoration on the bracket. The hardware and mechanical components were shipped from Camden, NJ, USA

No attempt was made to hide the fact that the machine was "Made in U.S.A."  For a short period of time, the British head office was known as "Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd." Even when soundboxes were used on German or French instruments, they were always marked with the British  headquarters.

A practically-brand new Victor motor. We installed a new mainspring to assure that it plays your 10" 78s with plenty of power. It runs quietly and smoothly. Compare this to the wretched, ruined and improperly adjusted junk that you can easily find elsewhere on the Net.

German machines were stamped with the company name (which translates as "German Gramophone Manufacturing Company") and the serial number of the instrument on the bottom. We seldom leave the original rubber feet on a machine, because 100-year-old rubber simply falls apart -- but these are in such amazingly well-preserved condition, we left them intact. That is just one (of MANY!) indications of how outstanding the condition of this instrument is.

This charming instrument remains today in nearly perfect condition. We seldom have the opportunity to offer a machine this rare and unusual.

Price: $1750.00 US, plus s/h. (NY State residents must add sales tax, if applicable.)


Telephone: 585-244-5546

US Post: phonophan

               PO Box 747

               Henrietta, NY 14467 USA

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