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The VV-405 was one of three deluxe flat-top console models that were introduced in late 1923. These premium machines featured gold plated hardware, a four-spring motor, and elegantly contrasting veneers and stains. The 405 was the most popular of the three, and its basic Spanish Renaissance design theme was used on the popular Orthophonic Granada (VV-4-4) when it was introduced in late 1925. Ornate round turned legs, along with a lateral stiffening "bar" between the legs are the key elements of this machine's design theme. A VV-405S series was soon made available, which allowed the user (or dealer) to install a radio in the area that was intended for record storage. This option allowed both sides of the top to open (the top on "regular" 405's only opened on the right hand side), and added $15.00 to the cost. Except for this difference, all VV-405's have identical features. The 405 remained in the Victor catalog through the first half of 1925, but this machine was manufactured only during 1923 and 1924. The 405 was only available in walnut. 

The original 1923 selling price of the 405 was $250.00. An estimated total of 23,000 hand-wound Victrola 405's  were produced; 5,400 hand-wound "S" 405's were also made. 

A total of 1177 electric-powered VE-405's were made, along with approximately 1200 electric VE-405-S versions. 

 

 

 

The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-405 to be S/N 513 and the latest to be S/N 23408.
The earliest existent VE-405 is S/N 519 and the latest is S/N 1672

The earliest existent VV-S-405 is S/N 590 and the latest is S/N 5857

The earlist existent VE-S-405 is S/N 604 and the latest is S/N 1644

 

Manufacture Date Serial Number Range Feature Notes
1923 501-16500        
1924 16500-23000        
VE-405 Electric:         
1923 501-1000     
1924 1000-1678     
VV-405 S          
1924-1925 501-5671 Correlation of year of production with serial numbers is undetermined at this time
VE-405 S Electric:           
1924-1925 501-1241 Correlation of year of production with serial numbers is undetermined at this time

 

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