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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sun 08, 2017 10:04 am 
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Really nice Wurlitzer 24 and Rock-Ola countertop. They will be outstanding when restored!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sun 08, 2017 4:28 pm 
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Ditto that on the 24 and CM39. The 24 was the first 24 selection machine Wurlitzer made and quite desireable. The Rockola is a cute little machine which has changing colors in the upper corner plastics. Nice, mrlee!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sun 08, 2017 5:30 pm 
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Here are a few more from our collection: From left, 1940 AMI Double Singing Towers, 1938 Wurlitzer 500, 1940 AMI Automatic Hostess, 1939 Jennings Music Machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 9:36 am 
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You have an amazing collection! I like the Singing Towers! I have never seen one in person. I've heard the glass is really thick and strong. I see a Scopitone! Got to ask if it is working? I liked those; I had never seen one until the Fun Fair. Later I had one; a neat machine. All my films had turned red except for a few. The restorations are all really great! You have started a great series of threads! Thank You! Oh. Yes, the Fun Fair picture is a Do Re Mi but not mine. It belonged to the person I was sharing the booth with. There seemed to be little interest in it at the Fun Fair.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 5:40 pm 
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"Yes, the Fun Fair picture is a Do Re Mi but not mine. It belonged to the person I was sharing the booth with. There seemed to be little interest in it at the Fun Fair."

Funny how things change. Now that Do Re Mi is desireable. Seems the demand in the European market has depleted many of the earlier machines. They seem to appreciated them more than Americans do, or at least at that time. I think I'm seeing a turnaround in this country in demand for pre-1935 machines. What do you think?

Not sure, but thinking back, I think your booth was down the aisle from Glenn Streeter?


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 6:58 pm 
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How about this 1942 Rockola Commando Model 1415. What does it remind you of?


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 2:40 am 
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Wow, your collection continues to amaze me in its scope Russie. How many people did it take to move the double Singing Towers? That machine deserves to have a picture here of its unique mechanicals. That AMI Automatic Hostess in its design & stature looks to me as if it started life as a Top Flight box. I'd also like to see more of the Jennings, I've never encountered one of those. I didn't know they were made, I only knew of their cion-op radio from the early 30's.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 1:09 pm 
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The Commando reminds me of a robot or a big tall guard. What a unique machine. Wasn't there a stroller or something unusual about the selection system? I have a bad memory!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 5:02 pm 
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Yes, the Commando did have a stroller like remote. I don't have one, and they are quite rare. Another unusual thing about them is the telephone dial like selection system. They called it "Dial A Tune". The wallboxes from that period featured the same dial selection system.

I liken the Commando to a giant 50/50 popcicle!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 14, 2017 11:11 am 
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It sure does look like a nice, old Popcicle! I had not thought of that at all (no imagination). Thanks for the great idea of posting all the coin op phono stuff. It has been a lot of fun seeing and reading about everyone's goodies! I still have the first year's Victory Glass stored away (somewhere). I wish I had kept Nickel A Tune and Jukebox Collector but I gave them to a friend for his collection. There was another but I cannot remember the name. It was a funny one with some good lines, sort of a spoof from a guy here in Phoenix. Never enough room, probably a good thing or I would have never sold a single jukebox.

Biggest Mistake - A Wurlitzer 850 for $350 many, many years ago. Wife hated it! Too darn big" It was a nice one too, darn! I still tease her about that one

Worst fit for a jukebox - An AMI G in the bathroom

Second Worst Fit - Rock-Ola 1478 currently in the kitchen

Most Painful - Seeburg V, moving, loading, that thing. Back has never been the same, never will be.

Best Buy - AMI Continental 2 from Phoenix AMI dealer for $150.00 (1972) or the Wurlitzer 700 for $100

Worst Buy - Seeburg L-100, I did not know about the problems those little ole printed circuit boards would be

Biggest Loss- Restored Seeburg B (hijacked by a trusted "friend"?)

Worst Damage - A Seeburg B dome glass I failed to lock or secure properly

Biggest Pain In The Neck - Rebuild Rock-Ola 1478 Pin Bank

Machine I Miss The Most - Seeburg Home Stereo Console - had to make room for the coin ops!

People, Places Most Missed - Wurlitzer Mechanic from WWII era who rebuilt my 24 select mechs and an old operator who always tried to refuse payment for parts and had such wonderful tales of being a coin op machine operator in "the old days", the Fun Fair, the guy in Missouri who sold me jukeboxes for $200 each, the long driving trips looking for jukeboxes and stuff long before the American Pickers could even drive, The different Newsletters.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sun 15, 2017 7:08 pm 
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Wow, nice machines! Your collection is stunning.

As a longtime jukebox amp technician, I can vouch for the difficulty of repairing the K and L series Seeburg machines, with their fragile PC boards, and equally fragile edge connectors. On the last one that I did, it also had a shorted output transformer!

Many folks don't realize that those machines have a little transistorized preamp mounted on the mechanism.

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Mon 16, 2017 6:11 pm 
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Tim, Thanks for sharing that information. I'm betting many don't know of the woes on those models. I didn't and thought I was getting a deal on an L100. Discovered later it had a decomposed board which had to be remade by hand, by my friend. It was a costly lesson. Too bad someone doesn't re-etch new boards for those machines.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Mon 16, 2017 9:26 pm 
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startgroove wrote:
Too bad someone doesn't re-etch new boards for those machines.


I believe you can get new boards:
http://www.jukebox-world.de/en/Jukebox- ... PAU-1.html


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 17, 2017 4:01 pm 
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Ken, Thank you very much for that link! I checked it out and found they have many parts for many makes and models, from Forties and Fifties. They appear to be great quality.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 17, 2017 4:11 pm 
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Here's a 1936 Seeburg Symphanola A. We found this one down the road from us recently. Restoration due to start in Spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 21, 2017 9:06 pm 
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Although this machine is not in our collection, I thought it an excellent example of the gorgeous artistic styling that prevailed at the time in jukebox styling. It is a 1941 Wurlitzer 850, also known as the "Peacock".


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 28, 2017 2:01 am 
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Well, it's impossible to follow the 850, but here's my 1940 Mills Empress I restored a while back:
(still looking for the title board)


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Beautiful machines so far... please post more pictures!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 28, 2017 10:03 am 
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That is a beautiful Mills! I like the colors! We had a chance at one years ago but the deal never went through and I cannot remember why. Thanks for the great picture of your Mills!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 28, 2017 7:41 pm 
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Ditto that! What a nice looking machine! I like the color combination too.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your 1935 to 1945 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sun 29, 2017 4:51 am 
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I'd love to see some of the interior pictures of the machines posted so far..... The outsides are beautiful, but the real fascination for me is the electromechanical world inside. When you see these machines out in an antique mall, or on display somewhere, you never get a chance to take a peek, and see what's inside.


Here's the back side of the Mill's that I posted earlier:

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