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The Victor A (or "Type A") was Victor's lowest priced phonograph when the company was formed in 1901. It was essentially the base model continued from the original flat-disc phonograph business that was formed by Emile Berliner several years before. When Victor bought the rights to the Berliner products, this was their entry-level model. It sold new for $12.00, and production ran for only 1 year under the Victor name. A stamped steel horn was standard along with a single spring motor and "Standard" Soundbox. The crank was placed in a vertical position. Most were equipped to play only the very small 7-inch records, although late production versions allowed playback with larger disc sizes. Exact production numbers are unknown. These very early models are highly desired by collectors today.
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