Columbia Viva Tonal 800



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The Viva-Tonal was Columbia's competitor to the Victor Orthophonic, the first use of a scientifically designed, exponential horn in an acoustic phonograph. All large Viva Tonal models seem to be more scarce than their Victor equivalents. Although at $275 the Viva Tonal 800 was priced $25 less than the Vival Tonal 810, judging from the number of surving examples most collectors would agree that far more model 810s appear to have been manufactured.


Columbia Viva Tonal
Unlike the model 810, the doors on this machine do not fold back into the cabinet.
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Viva Tonal Model 800
The fancy mahogany case was about the same size as a small jukebox.
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