You could control the volume with the doors in the front and you had storage for all your records right in the cabinet.So that was a real convenience, and it was huge hit. After 1906 when the Victrola was introduced, Victor only made one model, the XVI.
There are a lot of other very fine brands out there – the Edisons and Columbias and so on – and there are a lot of collectors that use those. The Victor Talking Machine Company was the largest and most successful manufacturer, which is good from a restoration standpoint because parts are still readily available, there were so many made. It was rich in entrepreneurial ideas and was always successful, unlike a lot of other brands.When I was around 10, my grandfather passed away, and my dad brought home his Victrola and stuck it under the stairs in the basement. It was a 1917 – my grandfather bought it right before World War I.One day I was messing around and opened it up and started playing with it.The quality of their materials and hardware was heads and tails above most. Victor was founded around 1900 after some fits and starts.Eldridge Johnson was the founder of the company, and he puttered around with different ideas and designs.