1902 Rigid Arm Victor R Phonograph


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The most uncommon,  most compact, and arguably most elegant of the early rigid arm phonographs, the 1902 iteration of the rigid arm Victor R featured an oxidized back-bracket, tonearm and record hold down that complemented the finish of the R’s other metal work.

This beautiful rigid arm Victor R is complete and correct, and its condition is excellent. It’s also wholly original, with no restoration, no repairs, no issues.

The original oxide finish is still prominent on the metal surfaces, and the delicate horn elbow is undamaged and properly formed, so that the horn is angled up at approximately 45 degrees, not slumping down, parallel to the turntable, sagging from its own weight.

The early zinc horn itself is in excellent condition, with clean original black paint and gold accents and just a few minor scattered dings in the metal.

The Concert reproducer has its serial number prominently stamped behind the diaphragm, which is original and intact, with no cracks, no mica delamination, no other damage. The oxidized record hold down has its original felt still affixed to the underside of the clamp.

The tonearm’s “scissor” mechanism is working properly, the tonearm weld is secure, the arm’s lateral movement is unrestricted, and the phonograph is a good player.

A great opportunity to own a wonderful and very uncommon machine.


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