Victor, Victrola, Model 80 Phonograph

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A Victor VV-80 upright disc phonograph in mahogany case; image courtesy of Forsythe Auctions.

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A Victor Victrola VTLA ogee form phonograph on mahogany upright cabinet with ten original albums and maker's booklet plus accessories

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The Victor Victrola Model 80 Phonograph

The VV-80 was the lowest-price upright floor model, introduced when Victor updated its product lineup in 1921. It was formerly known as the Model X.

The Model 80 was a rather small and basic phonograph, with a minimum of decoration. Trim was machined rather than hand-carved. All Model 80′s had the semi-automatic brake and a two-spring motor. The VV-80 was available in mahogany, oak or walnut, but the most popular choice was mahogany with a very dark (almost black) stain applied. The earliest versions had no record storage shelves, which became standard equipment by the end of 1921. The VV-80 cabinet was updated in December 1922, with a much larger horn opening and a slightly larger cabinet. Larger doors were introduced at serial number 74362(December, 1922) and a yellow felt platter cover was introduced at serial number 137430 (mid-1924). The VV-80 was discontinued from the Victor catalog in late 1925.

The original 1921 selling price of the VV-80 was $100.00. An estimated total of 185,500 Victrola 80′s were produced. A total of 75 VE-80 (electric) models were reportedly produced during 1924 and 1925, however, no accurate breakdown of per year production is yet possible. Serial numbers for the VE-80 models begin at 501 and end with 576.

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