VV-XVII / VE-XVII
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The XVII was introduced as the premium floor model in late 1916, replacing the spectacular (but too-expensive to produce) VV-XVIII. The XVII featured "bowed" front and side panels, with ornate hand-carved trim and gold plated hardware. Some very early versions used a 3-spring motor, but most were delivered with 4-spring power. Cabinets were available in mahogany, oak, walnut or fancy finishes, with mahogany being the most popular choice. The XVII was the first phonograph to introduce the small glass speed indicator. Most records show that this model was discontinued in 1921, however, some sources show availability by special order until 1922.
The original 1916 selling price of the standard finish (mahogany or oak) XVII was $250.00. At the end of the model run the price had increased to $350.00. Factory records indicate that a total of 19,600 Victrola spring- wound VV-XVII's were produced; however, based on surviving examples, a more accurate estimate is that approximately 20,700 were made.
Electric motor versions of the XVII were available for $50.00 extra. A total of 2,500 electric VE-XVII's were produced
The current collector database shows the earliest existent VV-XVII to be S/N 504 and the latest to be S/N 19639. The earliest existent electric (VE) XVII is S/N 539 and the latest is 2965.
|Manufacture Date||Serial Number Range||Feature Notes|
|1917||3500-10000||"Fat" tonearm and No. 2 Soundbox introduced midyear|
|1917||1100-2090||"Fat" tonearm and No. 2 Soundbox introduced midyear|
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