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The IX was a very popular "upscale" tabletop Victrola. This model used a 12-inch turntable and two spring motor. Production was started in May of 1911 and discontinued in 1924, however, IX's continued to be shipped to dealers from remaining factory inventory up through the middle of 1926. The IX was available in either mahogany or oak finishes, but mahogany was by far the most popular choice. The progressive suffix letters after the serial number indicate minor changes to the design (location of speed control, type of tonearm support, etc.). The cabinet also went through several minor design changes. Earliest production versions have very closely spaced downward facing slats in the horn opening (left). Small "feet" were added to the cabinet in 1915 (right).
Several companies produced custom base cabinets for the VV-IX (photograph below). Some of these cabinets merged into the base of the phonograph so well, that the combination of phonograph and base appears as one floor-standing machine. These cabinets were made by a variety of companies, including the Pooley Furniture Company of Philadelphia. While Victor never produced a base cabinet for this model, they were frequently sold as aftermarket accessories by Victor dealers.
The original 1911 selling price of the IX was $50.00. At the end of the model run, it sold new for $75.00. An estimated total of 570,500 Victrola IX's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-IX to be S/N 781 and the latest to be S/N 557084.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1911||501-15000||First machines use bullet brake. Bullet brake ends at S/N 6394. Late year machines use an A suffix|
|1912||15000-47000||Some machines have an A or B suffix|
|1913||47000-87500||Some machines have a B, C or D suffix|
|1914||87500-149000||Some machines have a D, E or F suffix.|
|1915||149000-214000||Early year machines have an F suffix, most year's production has G suffix. Feet added very early in year around S/N 149000 on G suffix machines. Some machines begin using a dash mark after the model identification|
|1916||214000-286500||Most machines have a G suffix|
|1917||286500-357500||Some machines have no suffix letter, others continue the G suffix. Small glass speed control introduced at S/N 316350. IX-A* designation used after September 1917|
|1918||357500-401500||IX-A designation ceases after December 1918.|
|1919||401500-461000||Suffix letters permanently discontinued. Some machines between S/N 408000 and 421000 have a leading "zero" prior to the serial number. This was due to a stamping error on some plates, wherein duplicate serial numbers were issued. The leading zero allowed production auditing during this period.|
|1921||529500-533000||No. 2 Soundbox added|
|1924||555000-565000||Some machines begin to use orange turntable felt cover|
* Note: the "A" designator after the model indicates a revised motor design. The A was later dropped from the dataplate, but the improved motor remained
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