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VV 4-5 / Colony


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The 4-5 (or Colony) was one of the first Orthophonic models introduced in late 1925. It was a step up from the lowest priced "Consolette" (VV 4-3) floor model, with extra space to store additional records. As was the case with the other low priced Orthophonic machines, the early production Colony models did not have a cloth cover over the horn opening, and used a small single spring motor. Colony phonographs used the same small unfolded horn as did the "Consolette", and it was basically the same machine in a larger cabinet.  A grille cloth and double spring motor was added to enhance the model's value in late December 1925. The Colony failed to sell well, and was discontinued in mid-1926. It was available only in a blended-stain mahogany finish. No electric 4-5's were produced. 

The original 1925 selling price of the 4-5 was $110.00. An estimated total of 20,000 Victrola 4-5's were produced. 






The current collector database shows the earliest existent Colony to be S/N 535 and the latest to be S/N 20382.

Manufacture Date Serial Number Range Feature Notes
1925 501-10500         
1926 10500-20500     Grille Cloth added in March 1926 



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