First of all, this is an instrument of SUBSTANCE. The turntable is 12" in diameter. The motor has three springs for maximum power. The flower horn is especially noteworthy. It is a custom option sold by the Hawthorne and Sheble Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia, PA. H&S created some of the most beathtakingly stunning decorative horns of the period. They were specifically designed to fit various machines, such as this Victor V. The "morning glory" effect of the shaded interior of the horn, against a shimmering, translucent blue field, is the origin of the term "morning glory horn" that is commonly applied to antique horns of the period. We have painstakingly restored the historical finish, using our time-tested process to recreate the translucent blue, to which our resident artist has added hand-painted chubby cabbage roses. This is precisely how the horn would have appeared back in the day -- gorgeous! This kind of work takes artistic talent, a keen understanding of historical originality, and TIME, lots of time. Notable, as well, is the quarter-sawn oak cabinet -- we scrupulously preserved the original factory finish, and French polished it to a gleaming luster.
Yes, you are looking at this original factory finish and color. To be blunt, we seldom find 100-plus-year-old shellac finishes of this distinction. The "monumental" design of the woodwork speaks of the importance of this instrument. The Victor V is an impressively constructed machine -- it dominates a room.
The decorative back-bracket has fancy gold filigree. This bracket is a historically precise replica. The "tone" arm, soundbox (needlehead) and elbow are all original components. We have professionally rebuilt the soundbox to produce round, full-throated music. By comparison, the average "eBay" restoration job typically involves no disassembly of the soundbox -- they just slap a new white gasket in front of the mica diaphragm to make it "look" like something has been done. Just to fool the suckers. We have worked on an incredible number of instruments over the past 46 years that had been given this kind of pointless "doll-up." Whereas, at phonophan we take the soundbox down to its smallest constituent parts, check and calibrate each one. No shortcuts.
The scrupulously clean and well-tuned triple-spring, nickel-plated motor of the Victor V. It can play any 78 rpm record. Clean, smooth-running, minutely adjusted. No "online auction" surprises here! With phonophan, you don't have to worry about what horrors might have been "overlooked" by an inexperienced seller. Needless to say, an instrument of this size and importance is not easy to pack and ship UNLESS you have 46 years of experience, as we do! Buy one from an amateur, and get amateur service. Ouch!
Beneath the cabinet, this patent label, showing the original price -- $60.! THAT was BIG MONEY back in the day!
As always, we cleaned, tweaked, tested, lubricated, adjusted every component. This is an especially beautiful instrument, with an especially beautiful horn.
Price: $2995.00, plus shipping and handling. (NY State residents must pay sales tax, if applicable.)
US Post: Tim Fabrizio
PO Box 747
Henrietta, NY 14467 USA
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