VE 12-1 / Cromwell
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The Cromwell (also called the 12-1) was one of the first electronic phonograph sets, pairing a Victor turntable with an RCA amplifier. The Cromwell was introduced in early 1926, and production was discontinued in 1927. The cabinet used a mahogany veneer with a blended stain effect. This instrument did not include a radio.
The Cromwell sold for $450.00 when first introduced, but the price was reduced to $250.00 in 1927 when production costs for electronic components began to drop (as a result of production efficiencies and increased demand for radios)
Approximately 6,000 Cromwell phonographs were produced, making it a relatively rare model.
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