The Victor IV was one of only two machines in Victor's famous Roman numeral series to be housed in mahogany, a wood associated with upper class tastes. The other was Victor's top-of-the-line Victor VI. Production was also relatively limited, around 33,000 examples -- fewer than any model in the Roman numeral series except the Victor VI.
The example here dates between 1905-1912.
There has been substantial work performed on this machine. The motor has been taken apart, both mainsprings pulled and re-greased, the governor polished, governor weights checked for integrity, driveshaft bearing lubricated, etc. The reproducer has been rebuilt for maximum sound and a new flange fitted for airtightness.
The case and horn have been refinished. This is the rarely seen, special little smooth wooden horn, approximately 20" long with an 18.5" bell. The horn has had some repairs, some cracks and veneer re-glued, and still shows some minor signs of distress (mostly one small ding), but is holding together and is acceptable.
There is some wear on the nickel plated parts such as the tone arm that were frequently handled. The original back bracket has been repainted and a quality reproduction decal applied.
All parts on this machine are original, save for the small Y shaped clip that holds the elbow, and the knurled screws that hold the back bracket. The little metal tag on the side of the cabinet is the name of the original dealer in San Francisco.
This Victor IV is now running nice and smooth and sounds great, as you can hear in the mp3.
Priced $1500 below market.
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