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Victor R / Royal

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The Victor R (called the "Royal" in the advertising literature) was a low-priced phonograph introduced in 1902. It was intended as an introductory model for budget-minded buyers, and featured a small 7 inch turntable and single spring motor with an oak cabinet. It sold new for $15.00, and production ran for 2 years until 1903, when the "R" became the Victor Z and then in 1905, the Victor I. A stamped steel horn was standard along with an Exhibition Soundbox. Exact production numbers are unknown, but  based on surviving examples, are assumed to be approximately 53,000 units during the 2 year run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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