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VV 1-1 "Victrolita"


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The 1-1 was the lowest price Victor phonograph available in the mid-1920's, and was launched in April, 1925, just prior to the introduction of the Orthophonics.  This model used the old-style Exhibition Soundbox, a simple single spring motor, and did not offer Orthophonic performance. The dark stained (pseudo-mahogany) pine wood case had an open bottom, and the volume control doors were eliminated, resulting in a very light and economical phonograph without many features. Apparently Victor customers preferred paying a little more for the portable (fold-up) phonographs, since this model did not sell in huge volumes given the low price (in comparison, over 330,000 VV-2-55 portables were sold at $35.00 each). The 1-1 was available only in mahogany stain.  The 1-1 remained in the Victor catalog until 1929, although records indicate that none were manufactured after late 1927. Early production models have the dataplate attached to the side of the machine; in later production versions, the plate was moved to the top of the cabinet, under the turntable. For these machines,  the turntable must be lifted off in order to read the serial number.  

Around December 1925, the 1-1 was given a name change to "Victrolita", although all other features remained the same. Presumably, this change was made to correspond to the introduction of the new Orthophonic Victrolas,  many of which used names rather than model number designations. 

The original 1925 selling price of the 1-1 was $17.50. An estimated total of 86,700 Victrola 1-1's and Victrolitas were produced


The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV 1-1 to be S/N 1544 and the latest to be S/N 78669.

Manufacture Date Serial Number Range Feature Notes
1925 501-43500          Change to "Victrolita" name in December 1925
1926 43500-75000           
1927 75000-86700          


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