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The Victrola VV-210
Excerpted from "Instructions for the Setting Up, Operation and Care of Victrola 210," Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, NJ.
Archival copy courtesy of the Nipperhead Antique Phonograph Site.
Now that you own a Victrola, the whole world of music is open to you. There is no kind of music that you may not hear, at will, for the greatest artists in the world record for the Victrola. Everything is yours, from the magnificent pagentry of the grand opera to the wild swing of the dance. The opera, the oratorio, the gospel hymn, the musical farce, the popular song, the war-song, the military march, the symphony these come to you in your own home. There is no variety of personal taste and no condition of mind, to which Victor records will not minister.
The instrument itself will not require any great or expert care. It is carefully constructed, and before it leaves the factory, it is subjected to the most rigorous tests.
HOW TO OPERATE
First (1) Put a Victrola Tungs-tone stylus or a new steel needle into the sound box needle arm, and tighten the needle screw firmly. Swing taper tube towards the centre of the record as far as it will go, then swing it out again far enough to put the stylus or needle in the last inner spiral or playing groove on the record. (Do not put the stylus or needle in the complete circular groove which is found on some records just inside the sprial or playing grooves.)
(2) Holding the sound box firmly in place, take hold of the knob "B," gently bringing the arm "C" against the trip "D".
(3) Lift the sound box from the record, at the same time swinging the taper tube out clear of the record, being careful that the tube is not again moved against the turntable spindle.
(4) If it is not desire to use the brake as an automatic brake, swing the taper tube to the right clear of the record, take hold of the knob "B", and swing yoke "A" to the left under the turntable until knob "B" clears turntable about one-eighth of an inch. The brake can then be operated by hand by means of the lever "E".
Second Lower the sound box gently to
avoid injury to the point of the stylus, needle or record, carefully placing the needle point upon the smooth outside rim of the record and the gently pushing it into the sound wave groove.
Third Although the motor is so design that it can be wound while a record is being played, it is advisable to wind it a little before the beginning of each record, as this will prevent it from running down while the record is being played.
Fourth When not actually in service, the motor should be allowed to run down, as the pressure on the running parts due to the pull of the main springs being always in the same direction, may prove detrimental to these parts, and also tend to force the lubricant from between the coils of the springs and the oil from the bearings.