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The Consolette was one of the first four Orthophonic Victrola models introduced in late 1925. It was a low-cost, small console-style machine that was quite popular with middle-class Americans.  This model remained in production into early 1929, indicating that it remained a strong seller.  The Consolette was available only with a mahogany finish, and included an Orthophonic Reproducer, exponential horn, and nickel plated hardware (an antique bronze finish was used at the end of the production run). Early production versions (left) had no grille cloth covering the horn opening and used a simple single spring motor, with a small 10" turntable. In early 1926, the turntable was enlarged to 12" and a double spring motor and grille cloth was added. Shortly thereafter, the automatic brake feature was added. In mid-1927, the cabinet design was modernized (right), with a more squared-off appearance. 

The original 1925 selling price of the 4-3 was $85.00. The price was later raised to $95.00. An estimated total of 234,323 hand-wound Victrola 4-3's were produced, making it the most popular of the full size (non-portable) Orthophonic phonographs. 

The 4-3 was also available with an electric motor option (VE 4-3) for $35.00 extra. The production logs show that a total of 7,428 of these machines were produced, however the serial numbers of surviving examples indicate that at least 8,000 were made.

NOTE: The production numbers below are base on our best estimates, as factory records are very inaccurate (and conflicting) on this model.





The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-4-3 to be S/N 932 and the latest to be S/N 238070

The earliest existent VE 4-3 (electric) is s/n 740 and the latest is 8601

Manufacture Date Serial Number Range Feature Notes
1925 501-10368      No grille cloth over horn. 10" turntable, single-spring motor
1926 10369-65500 Name changed to "4-3" and turntable enlarged to 12" in the Spring of 1926. Auto brake added at s/n 39501.
1927 65500-156500    Cabinet design modernized at s/n 91000
1928 156500-223000    
1929 223000-234824    
VE 4-3 Electric:            
1925 None        
1926 501-4300     All VE 4-3's have a horn cover cloth
1927 4300-6600      Cabinet design modernized at s/n 6401
1928 6600-7750    
1929 7750-7929    


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