The Victor-Victrola Page
FUNNIEST QUESTIONS/COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO THIS SITE
We typically receive well over 140 questions or comments per day on this website from all over the world. Many emails are simply submissions about Victor products, to be included in the collector database. Many contain questions that can readily be answered by simply taking the time to read the material on this website (see Repetitive Annoying Questions for the most common examples). Often, a reader will send a valuable comment, correction or observation to improve the website, which is always appreciated. However, with the high volume of incoming correspondence, there is occasionally a off-beat or hilarious question that is worthy of keeping. These are all verbatim, including spelling and grammar errors: we are not making this stuff up!
Here are a few of the "gems":
Ummm...Try Putting The Needle On The Record.
Q. Dear Sir; we have been trying for some time to play a record on our grandmom's Victrola. We wind it up and the record spins, but we dont hear no sound. Is there something we should do or is the Victrola broken? We can't figure out what the tube thing is for on top, does that connect to the record somehow? K.J. Atlanta GA.
Oh C'mon now...
Q. My mother just turned 84 years old and she had to leave her apartment because she could no longer pay the rent. My father died of heart problems 3 years ago and told her to sell the Victrola, but she held onto it for sedimental reasons because she loves her grandchildren and wanted them to have it. The oldest grandchild just was diagnosed with leukemia and my mom is trying to help her any way she can, but has no money. She is very ill with Parkensons and cancer and needs to pay her medical bills, and she got robbed about a month before she left the apartment so she is desperate. Would you consider buying her Victrola XIV, I'm sure she will accept around $1000 for it which will help her get the chemotherapy and food she needs. Thank you in advance. R.L. Dallas TX
Something tells me it isn't going to work...
Q. What would it take to adapt our Victrola so that my son can play his IPOD through it? G.G. Toronto Ontario
Nothing But A Hound Dog...
Q. We have been having a lot of trouble trying to get the Vitrola to play our Elvis 45's is there some kind of adapter needed? The big hole won't stay in the center. F.G. Lawrence, KS
Perhaps some good Elmer's Glue...
Q. My son was moving our Victrola and it fell partway down the stairs and hit the wall. The lid busted off and two legs are broke. I think the platter motor also cracked off? Do you have any ideas of how we should fix it? E.H, Adrian, MI
Q. Our Victrola sounds tinny and there is a lot of scratching in the sound. How can I get more modern bass and punch in the sound? We tried several records and they are all the same. Should we use a different needle? R.M. Cushing, OK
Q. I found out that my Victrola plays a lot louder when the front doors are open. Are they connected to the amplifier somehow, so that the volume is turned up as the doors are opened? G.M. Lincoln, NE
Q. I opened up my VV-XI to see why it wasn't working and all the tubes are missing! Can you send me a schematic? S.C. Portland OR
Anger Management Counseling Strongly Recommended...
Q. Your website is totally retarded. You list my Victrola as being made in 1921 and it clearly says on the tag that it was made in 1904. You obviously don't know what you are doing and have wasted my time. Your web layout sucks too. You should get a life instead of pretending that you know anything about RCA Victrolas. Do you really have fun being a fake and ripping people off with your bull****? (remainder deleted in respect of sensitive readers) T.W. York, PA
They don't make them anymore...
website shows the following Victor dealer "S. Ernest Philpitt Co" was in
Miami Florida near my location. I have tried Google, 411, Yellowpages, etc.
but they all show no listing available. Can you please furnish me with an address, phone
number and contact number so I can call this organization to buy another
Victrola? Iím looking for a new VV-110 to go with my other one.
L.L. Miami, FL
L.L. Miami, FL
An appealing offer, but...
Q. I have a VV-240 for sail if you are
interesting and have cash or great trade. Very rare and old Victrola made at
the Civel war in New Jersy next to gettyburg. Maybe General Lee had it!
Right rear leg is missing and storage door wobbling. Finish is dull and wore
through and a little runny green paint
on the side. Machine does not work b ecause there is no arm but it
goes around good. Org' records are brittle. Record cases loose. Email me if
H.E. Humboldt, TN
H.E. Humboldt, TN
Not a good day...
Q. I am looking for information on my Victrola
but I don't know the model number or other data, and I don't have any
pictures. I'm too lazy today to get any of that, and I have a headache.
Maybe you can help me sometime.
R.L Mentor OH
R.L Mentor OH
Q. Found a Victrola in my in-laws' house. It
still works and sounds great! It is in excellent condition, but we don't
have any needles. We also found
a handful of records but they are broken. K.L. Jacksonville,
K.L. Jacksonville, FL
Demanding free stuff...
Q. My victrola sticker missing,cranked handle
and it worked,got form dad,belonged to great granmom,going to clean it up
and fix,do you have extra parts lying around.?
I don't have money for anything but you can send via cheep mail
(228)XXX-XXXX not big on e-mail so call as soon as you get this.
Ill tell you what I need . P.P Gulfport, MS
. P.P Gulfport, MS
Q. My have my grandma's crank talking machine w/ key in working condition. The outside has been painted blue. Excellent condition other than not original exterior and no mechanism. There is a little stick holding up one side. It is a XV-X1 Serial # XXXXX I know it's extremely valuable. Just how much is the question, because I want to sell to put an addition on my house. Any imput on how much or where, would be appreciated. L.H. North Platte, NE
In need of some information...
Q. We would like all your information and pictures on talking machines so that we can be an expert on all types. K.L. Providence, RI
Stayed tuned.....more to come.......