VV-100 / VE-100
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Introduced in 1921, the VV-100 was a popular middle-priced machine that fit between the discontinued XI and XIV models. This was mainly a marketing effort to give the Victor lineup an updated image. The differences between the VV-100 and its predecessors were minimal. Very early versions used machine-carved corner trim (left), but this was soon replaced with some moderate hand carvings on the posts. The VV-100 was updated in Feb. 1923 (right), with a larger horn opening; lower profile lid, and a modern cabinet. In addition, the casters were replaced with metal "gliders" at that time, although the gliders tend to scratch the floor rather than glide across it. An air-damped lid closing mechanism was added in 1924. The 100 was available in oak, mahogany or walnut, although mahogany remained the most common choice.
The original 1921 selling price of the 100 was $150.00. An estimated total of 196,000 Victrola 100's were produced, making it one of the most popular models of the early 1920's.
Electric versions of the 100 were available for $40.00 extra beginning in 1924. A total of 49 electric VE-100's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-100 to be S/N 527 and the latest to be S/N 200969.
No surviving electric versions of the VV-100 have yet been recorded.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1923||123000-157000||Horn opening increased at s/n 123600|
|1924||157000-180000||Air support lid added late in year|
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