VV-405 Serial Number 6837 Walnut
Build Date: October, 1923
Originality: 1 Untouched original
Overall Condition: 3 Exceptional original, shows only slight wear, very light surface scratches on top of lid
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The VV-405 was one of Victor's "Art Case" models, introduced in 1923. This short-lived series of three console-style and three upright-style machines were intended to be a premium product targeted toward wealthy customers. While not as expensive as the custom-made "Period Models", these Art Case Victrolas featured wood inlays, carved ornamentation, gold-plated hardware, and Victor's best 4 spring motor. They truly represent Victor's exceptional cabinet work in the early years of the 20th Century. The 405 sold for a whopping $250.00, which equates to about $3,700.00 today . Only 21,000 VV-405's were made, which makes them rather scarce, and most of the examples we find have been stored in damp basements or barns. You can find more on the VV-405 by clicking here.
This example is a pure original, with an untouched finish, is totally correct in all respects, and functions flawlessly. We have not done anything to the cabinet, except to perform a good cleaning. Even the turntable felt is original! It does show very slight wear, a few small scuffs and superficial scratches on the lid surface, but is easily in the "top 5%" of examples we come across. It is extremely presentable, and will make a very elegant addition to any home. The massive carved legs and multi-colored wood inlays indicate the craftsmanship and elegance of Victor's premium cabinets of this era. The gold hardware is exceptional, showing almost no wear.
This would be well-suited in a large room, and would fit-in with a variety of decors. If you are looking for an uncommon, elegant model at a great price, this would be a good choice. As with all our phonographs, the motor, soundbox and all mechanical components have been torn down, cleaned and correctly rebuilt (by us). Try to find another one in this condition, at this price, with a full warranty! It comes with our 2 year unconditional performance warranty.