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Alhambra I / VV 7-1 / VE 7-1


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The Alhambra I was Victor's very first radio/phonograph combination set. It featured the latest Orthophonic reproduction for records, along with an RCA Radiola Model 20 Radio (battery operated). Victor contracted with RCA to provide radios for these consoles, but RCA also had agreements with other phonograph companies (such as Brunswick), so the combination radio/phono idea was not unique to Victor. However, this was Victor's very first attempt at an "entertainment center". The Alhambra used a double spring turntable motor and a mahogany cabinet. A lever was provided to switch operation from the radio to the phonograph by switching the horn's acoustic connection.

The Alhambra I sold for $350.00 new. A more deluxe version, called the Alhambra II featured a more advanced radio, but all other components are identical.

Approximately 5,000 Alhambra I consoles were produced, virtually all with spring-wound motors. Only one electric (VE) version was shipped. All were made between October 1925 and April 1926.






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