More about the Victor

This stunning instrument literally glows. It is crisp, and clean, and clear, and classy. Dazzling, delightful, bewitching, ravishing! We call your attention to the flower horn. This is what's known as an optional horn manufactured by Hawthorne & Sheble, which made stunning decorated horns to fit any talking machine of the period. This particular style of decoration, the "morning glory effect," is gorgeous.

Here we see the ORIGINAL ornamental painting. H&S produced this horn for both disc and cylinder talking machines. It was hand-painted, with the colors blending artfully. The exterior of this style of horn was black with gold stripes. We restored the exterior, but the interior is intact and dazzling.

Here you can see the outside of the horn , black with gold lines. The bracket, sporting gold filigree, is a historical precise replica. The tapered tone arm, soundbox (needlehead), shiny elbow that supports the horn and other components are original factory elements and in excellent condition. Of course, we restored the soundbox to produce sweet, loud and clear music. Why do the talking machines of other dealers sound so tinny and shrill? Because they do not have the expertise or the inclination to  adjust the soundbox correctly. At phonophan, 47 years of experience goes into every instrument.

The IV (4) was the only other full-sized mahogany talking machine made by Victor besides the princely-expensive model VI (6). The IV (4) cost more at the time than the oak models below it in stature, and therefore it sold in lesser quantities. The curvaceous styling of the IV was unique within the Victor roster. Note the "His Master's Voice" ID plate. The cabinet finish is original and still smooth and clear. We have painstakingly cleaned everything. The nickel-plated components are beautifully preserved.

The motor is strong, reliable and the power of its double-spring will play any record.  We replaced both mainsprings, and of course it is in perfect condition. What's the difference between what you buy from us and what you buy on eBay? EVERYTHING! On eBay you get patched-up junk that is grossly misrepresented. You shouldn't believe a word of what you read there. Phonophan gives you the highest quality instruments and restorations, all work done under the personal supervision of Tim Fabrizio, who has a degree in Fine Arts, has devoted his life to painstaking  restoration work, and has written eight books on the subject of antique phonographs. 

Inside the cabinet, this original motor schematic.

Most Victor talking machines were constructed of oak. Reasonably few were mahogany because mahogany was more expensive. This makes the Victor IV a rarity, and the look of it is undeniably alluring. If you want to experience what a Victor Talking Machine was like when it was new -- get this one! This scrupulously spruced up, excellent playing, sleekly beautiful Victor is a delight to the eyes AND ears!

Price: $2995.00 US, plus shipping and handling. (NY State residents must pay sales tax, if applicable.)


Telephone: 585-244-5546  

US Post: Tim Fabrizio


               PO Box 747

               Henrietta, NY 14467 USA

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