The Victor III has long been a favorite of beginning phonograph collectors and collectors of 78rpm records, offering Victor quality and fidelity at a price far more modest than some rarer machines. The double spring motor yielded extended playing time, and the Exhibition reproducer was unquestionably the best of its era.
The Victor III had a relatively long production span, meaning that nice examples may still be available. My best guess is that the one here dates between 1913-1917.
Like all antique talking machines, the Victor III can suffer from some age-related deterioration, and a thorough restoration of the mechanical parts can greatly improve the musical experience. On this machine, we have taken the motor apart, cleaned, lubricated, adjusted and put it back together. Both mainsprings were pulled, cleaned and re-greased, a time-consuming but important job. If you don't do this the dried up old grease in the spring can cause the spring to stick to itself as the spring unwinds, and the motor will never run smoothly.
We also rebuilt the reproducer to give you original fidelity; if you've never heard one of these with a rebuilt reproducer, you won't believe how lifelike your records can sound.
Cosmetically, the back bracket and nickel plated parts are in good condition. The cabinet had been refinished at one time (not by me) and looks very decent. You wouldn't guess from seeing it, but the black flower horn, which is appropriate to this machine, had been at least partially re-painted and re-guilded, with the original decals preserved, and rubbed out to look old. The images tell the story better than I can.
This machine now runs as nice and smooth and beautiful as can be. You can listen to it on the mp3 file, or see and hear it on the youtube video below.
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