1927 Victrola 2-60 Portable Record Player
_ The Victrola 2-60 was a premium portable model introduced in 1927. It featured gold plated hardware, a wood case covered with a fabric material available in a blue or brown textured covering. Like the VV 1-6, it used a No. 4 Sound box and a single spring motor. The 2-60 was discontinued in 1928. It did not feature Orthophonic reproduction.
The original 1927 selling price of the VV 2-60 was $40.00. An estimated total of 60,000 Victrola 2-60's were produced.
No detailed breakdown of serial numbers or manufacturing dates is yet compiled.
I bought this record player in pieces at a thrift store, and with a few hours of tinkering it works again. Although I haven't completely restored this record player, I like it the way it is. There is some wear and scratches on the case and the carrying handle is missing. A suitcase handle would work well for a replacement.
It's an amazing device that needs no electricitc, as it runs on kinetic energy by winding it up. The records are called 78's because they revolve at 78 revolutions per minute (rpm). These records are heavy and do well against the heat compared to vinyl. A 10 inch record has about 3 minutes of music per side. Depending on what type of needle you use it will play louder or softer, and you would be surprised how loud and clear it is. Be prepared for World War III or an electronic magnetic pulse. With one of these you could still listen to some tunes in the wasteland. It's the first iPod, mp3 player, or ghetto-blaster in history. It's steam-punk design made me buy it and got me interested in antiques and restoration. If you need help restoring something like this, email Ryan@wonkagallery.com. It's also for sale in our gallery, contact me for more details.