Consolette with Orthophonic #5 Reproducer
Manufactured 1927 - S/N 86527
Very Good Original Mahogany Finish
Rebuilt Original Orthophonic Reproducer
and Fully Serviced Original 2-Spring Motor
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Free Delivery To The Wayne, N.J. Show in October Y ou are bidding on a very nice Victor Victrola, Model VV 4-3, also known as the "Consolette", from 1927 with a corresponding serial number tag of 86527. The cabinet retains its original lacquered mahogany finish and is in generally very good to excellent condition overall. T are some primarily superficial scratches and t on the cabinet. The lid has a couple of scrapes that are probably the most noticeable. They are not, however, too distracting, and did not warrant refinishing. On my Andy Silver Scale, I rate the overall machine at a generous 8 out of 10 for appearance, 10 out of 10 for mechanical operation, and a 10-plus for sound quality. I trust you will be thoroughly pleased with the conservation efforts that I have put into this machine. The original No.5 Orthophonic Reproducer has been meticulously serviced and adjusted and I promise it will delight you. SOME FACTS and HISTORY: The Victor Victrola Model 4-3 was originally identified as the "Consolette" on the machine tag when they were first manufactured about 1925. But in later years Victor resorted [again] to their numerical naming scheme and it became known as the VV 4-3. This is a fine example of the early Orthophonic class Victrolas and it features one of the last of the massive floating Western Electric exponential horns. The design of this horn, although it is not the reentrant design which characterizes many other Orthophonics, outperforms any of its earlier relatives which also used exponential horns (like the VV-XI, VV-80 or VV-300, for example). Part of the reason for the improved performance is due to the shear volume that the horn occupies. In this machine it is hidden behind the cloth grille which is located behind the doors. Aside from the two record shelves below it, the horn occupies virtually all of the remaining space in the cabinet. Another reason for the enhanced performance is the result of Victor's use of a relatively acoustically transparent cloth as opposed to the more traditional slats that you see in most earlier Victrolas which tend to obstruct sound, especially mid and high frequencies. This cloth (which is original, by the way) is the same type that was used on virtually all of the Orthophonic class machines. And it is no surprise that the chief reason for the improved sound is the result of the Victor No.5 Orthophonic Soundbox. You should also note that the diameters of the corresponding tone arms as well as the horn openings are significantly larger than you will find on earlier Victrolas. These larger diameters were necessary to more efficiently couple and amplify sound than was possible with the smaller reproducers and tone arms. The smoother S-curve design of the Orthophonic arm was also a major step in improving the acoustical performance of the machine. With all of these improvements considered (and others not so far mentioned) and then integrated into the design, this relatively compact unit can stand beside the largest Victrolas like the XVI, XVII, and even the 300-series exponential horns, and simply blow the lids off of them - and that is playing just early acoustic recordings. Bu...