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The VV-260 was a step-up from the economy-priced VV-240 "hump-back" console model Victrola. Like the 240, the VV-260's design never really caught-on with the public as did the flat top consoles, and relatively low production volumes were indicative of this problem. Regardless of the low production, most of the console models from this era are shunned by collectors today. All 260's had the semi-automatic brake and a two-spring motor, and offered a slightly larger cabinet than it's less expensive VV-240 cousin. VV-260's were available in mahogany or walnut finishes, with oak becoming available in 1925. The 260 went through 3 basic design iterations: the earliest 260's had a relatively small horn opening (and smaller doors), which were enlarged later in the year. In 1924, hand-carved side posts were added, and an air support lid replaced the mechanical latching lid. Some records indicate that 2 VE-260's (electric) were produced, although this information may not accurate. Production of the VV-260 was discontinued in late 1924, although the model remained in the Victor catalog through most of 1925, indicating that there was a considerable unsold backstock of this model.
The original 1922 selling price of the VV-260 was $150.00. Factory data indicates that 53,683 Victrola 260's were produced, but based on surviving examples, it is estimated that at least 56,000 were made.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-260 to be S/N 889 and the latest to be S/N 55850.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
Small tone doors in earliest models
|1924||49500-55900||Carved side posts added. Oak finish available.|
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