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Most Victrola (internal horn) phonographs started production at s/n 501, and ran consecutively until the model was discontinued.Each model has it's own serial number during the sequential production run.Some Victrolas that were produced from late 1917 through 1918 will have an "A" suffix after the model number, which indicated some improvements were made to the motor (along with a price increase). The picture below shows a typical "Type A" plate: in this case a VV-XI-A.
This plate is from a VV-XVI, and uses the early small stamped numbers, which are very hard to read.
It is usually possible to use a piece of very fine steel wool and GENTLY rub over the number so that it becomes visible.
Too much pressure will damage the plate and could remove the contrasting black paint on the plate.
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