A DUSTY VICTROLA
BACKSTAGE AT THE OPERA HOUSE
STILL PROVIDES MUSIC.
We think our Victrola that is back stage in the Opera House was made in 1918. It is a Model V V - X - A, generally known as a Model X.
According to Victor-Victrola.com, the Model X came out in 1910 as a table top model; about 15,500 of those were sold before they converted to a floor version. The first floor version looked like a table model with long Queen Anne legs and was not very popular, probably because there was no storage for the records. After about 15,000 of those were produced -- and had to be sold at 33% off to get rid of them -- the Model X was in 1913 turned into a closed floor model. The earliest had vertical record storage slats, which in 1914 were converted to horizontal shelves. The Model X was discontinued in 1921.
The original 1910 selling price of the X was $75.00. At the end of its production run, the X sold for $110.00. Exact production volume is indeterminate, but an estimated total of 570,000 (all types included) Victrola X's were produced.
The serial number for our Model X is 364685. Serial numbers 35700 to 41400 were made in 1918.
And there you have it!