Estate Sale-1925-26 Victrola Orthophonic Credenza

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 18, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

1925-26 four-door Victrola Orthophonic Credenza (fully functioning) with 8 albums (full of records, 10-12 records per album). Cabinet and finish are in near mint condition with two exceptions, one leg (right) is broken and there is one scuff on the side (see pics). Reproducer is original & in great condition and works fine (9 tear drop). Albums show age and all are full of records (also comes with a small bag of needles). The Victrola nameplate states "CREDENZA X12213" and there is a paper tag on the bottom of the actual Credenza that states "October 10, 1925, No.16378", along with a lot of other information I could not read. (see pics, sorry but could not focus well so close to the tags)

Please ask questions if you have any, I am helping a friend clear out his parents estate so it might take me a couple of hours to get answers from him. Below is information I found about the Victor Credenza.

The Credenza (also called the 8-1) was the most expensive of the first four Orthophonic Victrola models introduced in November 1925. It featured the largest horn that Victrola had ever offered, and was frequently used to demonstrate the amazing quality of Orthophonic reproduction. A large and elegant cabinet gave this model an impressive appearance. The Credenza was available in mahogany or walnut, and included an automatic brake and gold plated hardware. Some late production Credenzas use a combination of walnut and mahogany veneer, with the walnut used under the lid. Early production versions had two large doors in the front (left), while later models used a four-door design (the center two doors covering the horn, and the two side doors used to enclose the record storage areas, as shown on right). All the very early versions (S/N < 5000) use the 2-door design, but there appears to be some sequential intermixing of the 2 and 4-door designs in late 1925 and early 1926, although all models used the 4-door configuration by the second quarter of 1926 (S/N > 15000).

The "Credenza" name was changed to a "8-30" designation on the dataplate in mid-1926. Also, in the middle of 1926, the motorboard was changed by shifting the turntable to an off-center position toward the right. A padded record holder was later added on the left side of the motorboard. The Credenza was produced from late 1925 and through all of 1926, and factory information indicates that production continued into early 1927, although it remained in the Victor catalog to the end of that year. The original 1925 selling price of the Credenza was $275.00, but the price was raised to $300.00 a few months after it was introduced, plus an additional $35 for the electrola version.

I am happy to work with buyer's shipper, shipping cost will be at the buyers added expense. I can store the item to allow you to arrange shipping but payment must be made via paypal ONLY, within 48 hours of purchase. All sales are final.