I dated it as ca. 1931 because it has a number of Victor records in the
storage compartment, all with catalogue numbers in the high 22000 and, I
think, low 24000 series. It also has a bunch of RCA home recording discs, some
of which have sound on them. The machine is a floor model, not a table
I do think there was a Wilcox-Gay blank with the others, too.
Was RCA manufacturing the home recording credenzas in the late 1930s? My
aunt and uncle owned one with a single arm. The microphone that came with
it survives. I saved it when the credenza went out to the curb with the
trash. I recall that it was functional. Plug it in, talk into it, put your
finger under the stylus, and feel it vibrate.
In a message dated 12/1/09 6:57:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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If your friend provided a model number we would be able to get exact
information. But I was going to question the two arm aspect, because in
1931 this would have been a version of something like an RCA RAE 45
which recorded on the RCA pre-grooved plastic discs with a single arm.
A horseshoe shaped weight was placed over the reproducer and a rotary
switch under the arm would be set to put the output of the amp into the
arm to vibrate the needle which widened the pre-groove. In the LATE 30s
there were many brands of two-armed recording machines that almost all
were just like the Wilcox-Gay Recordio. I suppose GE made one also.
Most of these were table models, but there were some floor models.
These are so common in perfect condition it is probably not worth fixing
if it is one of these. If it IS from the early 30s, it probably is
worth restoring but I am doubtful it is from the early 30s if it has two
arms. Provide us with a model number or a photo.