VV-130 / VE-130
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Introduced in 1921, the VV-130 was basically identical to the discontinued VV-XVII; the name change was simply a marketing effort to give the old Victor lineup a more modern image. The differences between the "new" 130 and it's XVII predecessor, were minimal (the VV-130 needle cup holder includes a small drawer), and for all intents and purposes they were the same machine. Gold plated hardware and bowed front and side panels were standard features. This model was manufactured for only 2 years (1921-22), although it remained in the Victor catalog until 1924. Like the situation with the VV-90 and VV-110, this indicates that the VV-130 was not a very strong seller from the start, since the backstock of models remained warehoused for 2 years after production ceased. All VV-130s have identical features. The 130 was available in oak, mahogany or walnut, although mahogany remained the most common choice. Oak examples are extremely rare. Some 130's were produced in special finishes, particularly Japanese Lacquer versions (right), which sold new for several hundred dollars more than the standard finish versions. These appear to have been mainly produced during the final months of the production run.
The original 1921 selling price of the 130 was $350.00. The price was reduced to $275.00 in 1923 to clear out the remaining stock. An estimated total of 5,260 Victrola 130's were produced.
Electric versions of the 130 were available for $40.00 extra. A total of 595 electric VE-130's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-130 to be S/N 528 and the latest to be S/N 5546.
The earliest existent VE-130 is S/N 539 and the latest is S/N 888
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1922||4250-5761||Most Japanse Lacquer versions have s/n's greater than 5100|
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