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The IV was Victor's lowest priced model for many years. Production was started in September of 1911. Full production was discontinued in early 1924; however VV-IV's were still being assembled and shipped in low volumes as late as the spring of 1926. Catalogs state that the only available finish was oak, however a few rare examples have turned-up with a mahogany finish. Very early VV-IV's had a stamped steel grille covering the horn opening (near left); subsequent versions used conventional wood slats (below). In 1917, the slats were totally removed, revealing a hollow horn opening (right). Apparently, this was not a popular cost-cutting move, and the slats re-appeared the following year. Several design changes were made during production of this Victrola, as indicated by the change of suffix letter after the serial number. Most changes were of a very minor nature. The IV used a simple single-spring motor.
The original 1911 selling price of the IV was $15.00. At the end of the model run, it sold new for $25.00. An estimated total of 608,000 Victrola IV's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-IV to be S/N 751 and the latest to be S/N 603071.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1911||501-20000||Stamped Steel Horn Grille (ends around S/N 10000, replaced by conventional wooden slats). Flat Crank Shank. Speed control located on rear of motorboard.|
|1912||20000-75000||Some machines have an A or B suffix|
|1913||75000-112000||B suffix until replaced by C suffix very late in year|
|1914||112000-163500||C, D or E suffix used. Use of round crank shank begins around S/N 160700|
|1916||215000-290000||E suffix. Some machines use "IV-" as model designation after mid year|
|1917||290000-380000||E suffix early in year. IV-A* designation used after mid-year (around S/N 328000). Slatless ("hollow") horn opening on late year machines.|
|1918||380000-434000||Horn slats return on machines made after mid-year (around S/N 400000)|
|1919||434000-463000||IV-A* designation discontinued early in year (around S/N 440000)|
* Note: the "A" designator after the model indicates a revised motor design. The A was later dropped from the dataplate, but the improved motor remained
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