VV 8-4 / VE 8-4X
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The 8-4 was an Orthophonic Victrola, introduced in mid-1926. It fit between the Granada and Credenza models, offering a larger cabinet and folded-horn than was provided on the smaller machines. A notable characteristic of this model is it's relatively "boxy" appearance, making it sometimes difficult to fit into the corner of a room. Regardless, it sold moderately well for a upper-medium priced machine. It was available only with a mahogany finish, and included an automatic brake and gold plated hardware. Most 8-4's have a felt-tipped wooden record support structure on the left side of the motorboard, but the earliest production versions do not. Otherwise, all 8-4's are identical in features. The 8-4 was discontinued in 1927.
The original 1926 selling price of the 8-4 was $235.00. An estimated total of 19,000 hand-wound Victrola 8-4's were produced.
The 8-4 was also available with an electric motor option (VE 8-4) for an extra $35.00, and a total of 6,550 of these machines were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV 8-4 to be S/N 612 and the latest to be S/N 19371.
The earliest VE 8-4 in the database is S/N 553 and the latest is S/N 6787.
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