Victor Monarch Special (MS)
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The Victor MS was introduced in 1902 as an upgrade to the Monarch, and sold new at that time for $45.00. It had Victor's powerful 3 spring motor, and an oak cabinet. It underwent several cabinet design iterations during the production run, and eventually became the Victor IV around 1905. Later models were upgraded to include the rear mount tonearm, and the price was increased to $50.00 at that time. Approximately 11,000 of these phonographs were produced. At present, there is not a good correlation between serial number and date of production for this model. Many were sold with wood horns; the example at right is shown with an optional large polished brass horn.
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