Posted 2 years ago
Sometimes I get lucky, and this was one of those times. Thanks to some nice rich people a few cities over- who decided that this old family relic wasn't as useful any more- I paid $50 and am the proud owner of a beautiful 70-year-old working 1942 RCA "Magic Brain" Victrola, model V-215! This is like one of those "little old lady drove it to the store and back once a week" car stories, except it's true; the radio has never traveled 30 miles from where it was purchased almost three quarters of a century ago, or left the original purchasers' home. It has never been rebuilt or restored, except for the power cord being replaced (I believe in the 60's). It works marvelously, aside from the record player needing some oiling. A little polishing, and it gleamed like new. I love listening to it while relaxing late at night, and some of the original 'electric tuning' labelled preset stations are still there, like KOA from Denver, CO! While this model doesn't seem to be worth a lot from what little I can gather online, I've yet to see one in this kind of condition. If anyone has any interesting tidbits, details, or comments on this model, I welcome them. Regardless, I cherish it :) Sorry for the lousy pictures, blame my camera-phone.