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  21st May 2012, 6:59 PM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Who of you has experience with jukeboxes ?
I am thinking of getting one, but I am totally unexperienced.
Which ones sound crap, which sound cool ?
Do they (Somes yes, some no?) ruin the vinyl ?
Is it much hassle to put records in and out ?
I am located in Germany, any kind of info is much apreciated.
What about replace needles ? Can you find spares to replace broken elements ?
I love to DJ (Since 25 years now), but my 45 addiction went crazy last months and I really would love to enjoy this music with friends and family without changing track every 2 minutes :)
I have spent so many hours as a kid with those machines....wonderful memories.

  22nd May 2012, 6:38 PM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
wurlitzer 1550a

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Jukeboxes are similar to Classic cars. They need a lot of care and attention and vary massively in price to buy. You can still pick up a 1970s one for a few hundred Euros but if you want a 1950s vintage be prepared to pay a lot of money especially for one in full working order. They come in different sizes, holding 20-100 discs and in all kinds of shapes. The ones where you can see the disc playing command more money than the totally enclosed ones. Well known makes are Wurlitzer, Rock-Ola, Seeburg, NSM and Rowe (there are others). Remember these machines were heavily used and be prepared either to do your own maintenance or like me, find an engineer who used to service/repair them. I own three; a Wurlitzer 1550a (plays 78 and 45rpm discs) from the 50s, a Wurlitzer Americana from 1967 and a Seeburg Mustang from 1965. A wooden cabinet produces better sound than a metal one. I have never ruined any of my vinyl but they are not happy playing 1980s Picture Discs. Replacement parts are reasonably easy to get and are Stylus replacements. Having once owned a Jupiter (French manufacture) I would NOT advise having one. I could not get spares. Adding records is not a chore and quite straightforward but time consuming. These machines can be heavy (my 1550a weighs in at over 200kg). A good place to start looking is ebay.com or ebay.uk; this will show you what is available and prices being paid. In the UK, there are Jukebox dealers. You will be rewarded if you give a Jukebox a home. If you want more info, or links to sites, send me a PM. :happy:

  22nd May 2012, 11:39 PM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Totally agree with wurlitzer's comments, I have had a NSM Prestige E160 (built around 1978) for almost 2 years and after a few initial problems, mostly ascociated with moving the jukebox, all I have had to do is change the stilii to keep it running and sounding great. It plays 45's with large or small centres, so no need to remove centres or dink the records, the mechanism is reasonably kind to the records, the only singles it doesn't like are heavyweight vinyl ones, possibly because it has a vertical playing system. Other than that, I would recommend it to anyone.

  29th May 2012, 4:44 PM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Thanx for the input ! Yes Wurlitzer, if you have some links to jukebox-related sites, that would be most welcome.
The 45 addiction is still growing on me haha.
After so many years of vinyl collecting I think I finally understood what makes a 7" so special. Better late then never :)

  29th May 2012, 10:18 PM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  

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My vote is for the 1962 200 selection AMI Continental II: Stereophonic dual amplifiers, auto-sensing dual speed turntable (45 & 33), massively cool space-age design.

Price: $3000+ USD for working models.

I highly discourage anyone from buying this or any other jukebox on eBay (believe me, I've done it and regretted it.)

  30th May 2012, 10:07 PM#6  QUOTE  REPORT  
wurlitzer 1550a

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I have bought a Jukebox through ebay BUT I viewed it first. The suggestion was for a guide to availability and prices realized.

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