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VV-VIII

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The VIII was the lowest priced Victrola with a lid. This model used a 10-inch turntable and two spring motor. Production was started in September of 1911, and was discontinued in 1924, however, VIII's continued to be shipped to dealers from remaining factory inventory up through the middle of 1926. This model was officially available only in oak, although occasional rumors arise regarding VIII's showing-up in mahogany . Earliest production versions have closely spaced downward facing slats in the horn opening. The VIII was not nearly as popular as the more substantial VV-IX tabletop model, which sold for a mere $10.00 more. The progressive suffix letters after the serial number indicate minor changes to the design (location of speed control, type of tonearm support, etc.)

 

The original 1911 selling price of the VIII was $40.00. At the end of the model run, it sold new for $50.00. An estimated total of 186,000 Victrola VIII's were produced. 

 

 

 

The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-VIII to be S/N 888 and the latest to be S/N 186373.

Manufacture Date Serial Number Range Feature Notes
1911 501-9100 Simple knob speed control on earliest machines, flat crank shank. Semi-circular speed control and A suffix starts at S/N 5500.
1912 9100-24500 Machines have an A or B suffix.  
1913 24500-40000   Machines have a C suffix
1914 40000-57500 Machines have a C, D or E suffix. 
1915 57500-65000 F suffix. Round crank shank added
1916 65000-80000 Most machines have an F suffix
1917 80000-94500 F suffix ends mid-year. Some machines have a dash after the model identification. G suffix introduced, using small glass speed control at S/N 86800. VIII-A* designation introduced in Sept (s/n 89000)
1918 94500-103000   
1919 103000-118000  VIII-A ends late in year
1920 118000-137500    
1921 137500-146000  No. 2 Soundbox added
1922 146000-155500    
1923 155500-165000    
1924 165000-180500    
1925-1926 180500-186500    Model officially discontinued April, 1924. Additional '25-'26 shipments are from remaining factory inventory.

* 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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