1921 Rca Westinghouse Vocarola Radio Speaker * Exceedingly Scarce * Pre Radiola
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1921 Rca Westinghouse Vocarola Radio Speaker * Exceedingly Scarce * Pre Radiola:
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I've got another great group of listings running this week, and I suspect there will be something of interest to almost everyone.
Here's an excellent, working RCA Westinghouse Vocarola horn speaker. First announced in late 1921, the Vocarola was RCA's attempt to round out its radio line with a loudspeaker, albeit an unwieldy and unconventional one, whose design was based on automobile horn rather than a public address loudspeaker. Like the Winkler-Reichmann H300 Concert Horn I'm listing elsewwhere on this week, the Vocarola is quite unique and quite hard to find. It's made entirely of brass, and to distinguish it from the car horn that it so closely resembled, a black enamel finish was applied to its surface (including the back flange, which was designed to be mounted to a wall, next to your home or ham shed's receiving station). The finish made for a more stately looking horn, but because it was painted directly onto the brass, without the benefit of a primer, it typically started peeling off within a few years, and most surviving examples of this speaker have little or no paint left of them at all.Condition of this example is excellent throughout. There are very few dings and no dents, and the back flange is still firmly soldered to the neck of the horn. Fine mesh grill is in excellent condition, with no dents, no holes, no damage. The Baldwin speaker driver is good, and it's the correct style of driver, with a pin inside the top flange that corresponds with a bayonet mount on the nozzle of the horn. The nickel-plated driver flange mounts snugly onto the nozzle, the pin engages properly, and the driver and flange stay in place without the need for a gasket. The paint appears to be original, and it's in excellent (remarkable, actually) condition, with scattered chips and nicks, but nothing like the major deterioration you typically see on this speaker. The only signficant paint wear is on the back side of the mounting flange. The little decal is absent on this speaker, as it is on most examples, but the horn is in remarkably fine shape for a Vocarola.The driver has a nice cord, and it's electrically viable. There are no tips at the ends, just wire leads, but when hooked up to the RA and DA that I sold on this past week, the speaker sounded very good. Much better than you would expect given its size and design.That's about it. I will pack the speaker with care, and I can assure you it will arrive at your house in the same superb condition in which it leaves mine. I have been shipping antique phonographs and radios for years, and if you check my response, you'll see that I know how to do it correctly. Overseas customers may remit payment with Paypal only. sale participants with no response history should contact me before placing a offer.