The last of the outside horn machines, the Schoolhouse Victrola, officially designated the Victrola XXV, was sold to schools and educational institutions into the early 1920s. The retaining of the large oak horn was at least a tacit admission by Victor of the acoustic superiority of the outside horn as opposed to the new, internal horn Victrolas.
This example, like most versions of the famous Schoolhouse Victrola, featured a detachable lid and a folding shelf for storage at the bottom of the cabinet.
The machine's utilitarian yet appealing design, and relative scarcity, make it a favorite with modern collectors. It's unique among Victor machines in that it is the only upright machine that ever accepted an outside horn.
The cabinet on this example is in nice, untouched original condition, just the way you like to find them, with modest wear and weathering. There is some typical water spotting on the lid. The large oak horn, 21.5" in diameter, is still quite tight with no appreciable separation or veneer peel, and will contribute to a spectacular display for the home or music room.
Mechanically, I have rebuilt the motor. I pulled, cleaned and re-greased the mainspring, polished the governor shaft, and cleaned and oiled everything so that this machine runs as nice and smooth as can be. I also rebuilt the Victrola No. 2 reproducer.
I have to admit that there is a soft spot in my heart for the Schoolhouse Victrola. The very first machine I ever purchased, in 1971, was a Victor School model (though not the one I am selling here), and that machine was responsible for my life-long love of antique phonographs. If I ever had to keep only one machine, this would probably be my choice.
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