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The VV-240 was the lowest priced "hump-back" console model Victrola. This design, with the "trademark" Victrola domed lid opening, never really caught-on with the public as did the flat top console machines, and relatively low production volumes were indicative of this problem. Regardless of the lower production, most low-priced console models (including the 240) are shunned by collectors today. All 240's had the semi-automatic brake and a two-spring motor. VV-240's were available in mahogany, oak or walnut finishes, although mahogany was the most common choice. The 240 went through 3 basic design iterations: the earliest 1922 versions had a relatively small horn opening and small center doors (left), which were enlarged late in the year (right). In late 1923, the cabinet grew slightly larger and a much shallower lid was used. Some factory records indicate that a few VE-240's (electric) were produced, although this information may not be accurate. The 240 was discontinued in late 1925.
The original 1922 selling price of the VV-240 was $115.00. An estimated total of 66,152 Victrola 240's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-240 to be S/N 504 and the latest to be S/N 66215.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
Small tone doors up to s/n 15600. Larger doors afterwards.
|1923||32000-45500||Cabinet size increased late in year|
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