1928 Victor Victrola Electrola VE7-26X Radio-Phonograph Combo Restored to Magnificent Condition
After my first one (ref.1,2) here is my second Victor 7-26, a fairly popular radio-phonograph combination, introduced late in 1928 but discontinued already half a year later. Remember RCA on March 15th, 1929 purchased Victor with their incredibly ingenious engineers. The set comes in a wonderful walnut wall type cabinet in English style with turned legs, ornate metal speaker grille and doors banded in black. The set combines Victor's Electrola, used also in other 1920's models, with the Radiola 18 and a permanent magnet speaker developed by RCA. The Radiola 18 was supplied to Victor Talking Machine for this set; it is one of the last TRF Tuned Radio-Frequency receivers and one of the first all-electric radios. Mine has 6 out of 7 globe type tubes and the 100A speaker looks and works like new. Centerpiece is the phonograph compartment with its concealed lamp and two record storage compartments on either side. The Electrola was used in a number of late 1920's Victor sets including the 1929 RE-45 console and has Victor's brushless induction disc motor and an automatic brake, that relies on a record's last groove to be eccentric. The tonearm is still made from the same parts as used for an acoustic orthophonic machine, the head however hosts a horseshoe magnet magnetic pickup system. These pickups need all to be rebuilt, having very small but essential rubber parts that have stiffened and brittled over time. Mine still has a working original pickup coil with the correct impedance. Often also the magnet has to be re-magnetized. The 4 albums bound in colored buckram with gold stampings are specific for this model, and are very hard to find in original, let alone in such mint condition. The albums are filled with many electrically recorded orthophonic records, that too look like never played. Even the first page title lists have never been written on. Please visit my extended restoration report with 50 high resolution pictures in ref.3, and watch my youtube video in ref.4. I recommend pickup in Chilliwack, where you will have the opportunity to test it yourself, and see many more restored vintage radios, phonographs and gramophones. Alternatively, delivery to Vancouver and anywhere in between is possible. Please make me an offer, you may be surprised. I am not a dealer, but an 82 year old hobbyist, and have no shop. I get flagged, if I publish under owner, since my ads look too professional.