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    Posted 13 years ago

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    This is my Victrola. It's a 1925 Credenza. It's a monster, and takes up more space then I would like, but it was my Grandmother's and it means so much to me.

    When I was 11 my Grandmother became ill and asked that her kids request items before the passed. Mom requested this for me. She also had several Edison's, and another Victrola. This one however was the one she played records on when we were little. I received a large amount of records that had been my mothers as well.

    Now I have an exstensive collection of records, and lean towards the Jazz, R&B, and Western. There is nothing that replaces the sound of this monster.

    The Credenza was the most expensive of the first four Orthophonic Victrola models introduced in November 1925. It featured the largest horn that Victrola had ever offered, and was frequently used to demonstrate the amazing quality of Orthophonic reproduction. A large and elegant cabinet gave this model an impressive appearance. The Credenza was available in mahogany or walnut, and included an automatic brake and gold plated hardware.

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    1. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 13 years ago
      I love this, have a few myself but this one is nice! Dave
    2. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      It's gigantic compared to most. The doors open up to hear the large horn speaker, the side doors for record space. It's a beast to move around too. If you have the space I recommend getting one, the sound is excellent.
    3. SMD SMD, 13 years ago
      It saddens me to think a Victrola just like this was purposefully burned up in my great-aunt's old house. When the last one died (there were 3 spinster sisters), a few family members took some items but the majority of their possesions remained in the house and the house was burned down as practice for the local fire department. No one wanted any "old stuff" and I was just a kid or I would have taken it all!
    4. Picking-and-Collecting Picking-and-Collecting, 13 years ago
    5. ChePibe ChePibe, 13 years ago
      I like this Victrola...I have Tango's record (very hard and heavy too) and they play so nice..! Actually, I have a Victrola too, but smaller...
    6. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      I have never investigated Tango records before, interesting. I guess I should brush up! We grew up with the Edison gramaphones, and the cylinder players.
    7. Calvert Francis, 13 years ago
      What a gorgeous Orthophonic Victrola! This Credenza has been treated with loving care; from what I can see, the cabinetry is elegant. Thank you for your interesting background information.
    8. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      Thank you! It's been babied and loved from the time I got it. Of course I noticed some dust in those pictures I took care of after the fact. Funny how that stuff gets even when it's closed.
    9. Calvert Francis, 13 years ago
      Hello again! I had to respond to the "dust" issue. Yes, it is distressing how we care for our pieces of history--I have "tailor made" covers made by Willie Bosco for the RCA 50s units that were created without covers--EY-2's, and different model RCA attachments are two I can think of---yet dust creeps inside. The wooden SHF-5's also have dust critters even with their wooden covers. Therefore, we must persevere and dust, dust, dust! Also, polish, polish , polish!
    10. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      I only polish the inside every few years because it's only open when I play it. The finish on this beast is as excellent as the day it was made strangely enough. Some years after I got this I had to use a wax remover on the exterior. My Grandmother paste waxed everything to death like most did back then. Thankfully she didn't do the same to the inside.
    11. ramma ramma, 13 years ago
      really lovely antique recordplayer :-) i like it
      do you change the needles regulary, they wear out, and when they are worn out , they damage the records
    12. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      I have a giant stockpile of needles :)
    13. Saxymojo Saxymojo, 13 years ago
      Excellent, these machines have fantastic sound reproduction, your mum made an excellent choice for you. I have an HMV 193 these have much the same sound reproduction, it is one of my favorite machines.
    14. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 13 years ago
      I LOVE it, what a Beautiful cabinet all alone.................. you're a good care taker....................Enjoy !.......Bob
    15. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 13 years ago
      Thanks Pop. It's nearly spring cleaning time, it's when I spend a good part of the day playing it. I do love it, sometimes I wish it was smaller.

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