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The VIII was the lowest priced Victrola with a lid. This model used a 10-inch turntable and two spring motor. Production was started in September of 1911, and was discontinued in 1924, however, VIII's continued to be shipped to dealers from remaining factory inventory up through the middle of 1926. This model was officially available only in oak, although occasional rumors arise regarding VIII's showing-up in mahogany . Earliest production versions have closely spaced downward facing slats in the horn opening. The VIII was not nearly as popular as the more substantial VV-IX tabletop model, which sold for a mere $10.00 more. The progressive suffix letters after the serial number indicate minor changes to the design (location of speed control, type of tonearm support, etc.), Serial numbers for the domestic-version of the VV-VIII ended at approxmiately 186,500; production of these machines continued for export only (indicated by an "F" or "G" suffix), running up to serial number 232,000.
The original 1911 selling price of the VIII was $40.00. At the end of the model run, it sold new for $50.00. An estimated total of 186,000 Victrola VIII's were produced.
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-VIII to be S/N 888 and the latest to be S/N 186373.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1911||501-9100||Simple knob speed control on earliest machines, flat crank shank. Semi-circular speed control and A suffix starts at S/N 5500.|
|1912||9100-24500||Machines have an A or B suffix.|
|1913||24500-40000||Machines have a C suffix|
|1914||40000-57500||Machines have a C, D or E suffix.|
|1915||57500-65000||F suffix. Round crank shank added|
|1916||65000-80000||Most machines have an F suffix|
|1917||80000-94500||F suffix ends mid-year. Some machines have a dash after the model identification. G suffix introduced, using small glass speed control at S/N 86800. VIII-A* designation introduced in Sept (s/n 89000)|
|1919||103000-118000||VIII-A ends late in year|
|1921||137500-146000||No. 2 Soundbox added|
|1925-1926||180500-186500||Model officially discontinued April, 1924. Additional '25-'26 shipments are from remaining factory inventory.|
* 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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