Victor wasn't the only company to manufacture an Orthophonic type machine.Columbia had been in talks with Western Electric to acquire the rights to its new exponential horn, and in fact Columbia's interest in this development spurred Victor to introduce its exponential horn models. An entire series of Viva Tonal machines was introduced beginning 1926, advertised with the slogan "Viva Tonal, Like Life Itself."
The large Viva Tonal Model 800 and Model 810 were Columbia's competitors to the Orthophonic Credenza, but Columbia eschewed the look of a classic credenza for more of an arts and crafts appearance, at least with this model 810. These large Viva Tonal machines are somewhat scarcer than their Victor rivals.
In the judgment of most collectors, the sound of the Viva Tonals equals or surpasses that of their Victor rivals.
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