Barona / VV 4-40 Canadian / VE 4-40 Canadian
RARITY: ? VALUE ¤¤
There is very little surviving data on the production of Orthophonic machines made for the Canadian market. The Barona was possibly produced by Victor in Camden for export and sale solely in Canada, although it is known that some limited production and assembly operations were based in Montreal. The Barona was an upscale console-style Orthophonic phonograph, with a 2-spring motor and mahogany or walnut finish, appearing almost identical to its US cousin, the VV 4-40. It sold new for $225.00 CDN with a spring-wound motor, and $265.00 CDN with an electric motor (VE). It was introduced in 1926 and discontinued around 1928. If you carefully compare the cabinet details with the US VV 4-40, you will notice a few minor differences in trim and shading. As many components are identical with the US-made 4-40 model, it is likely that most parts were shared between both models, and that the Canadian plant only produced those trim or cabinet parts that were different from the US model, and the combined product was assembled in Montreal.
Production numbers for this model are unknown, but based on serial numbers of surviving examples, it is estimated that at least 20,000 were produced.
Do you own an XXXX? Please take a moment and enter some basic information about your machine into the collector's database by clicking here. No personal information is required.