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 Post subject: Wurlitzer 780 jukebox questions
PostPosted: May Fri 31, 2019 1:15 pm 
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I just picked up a super nice original Wurlitzer 780 Wagon Wheel that had sat in a 6th floor apartment in Queens NY for over 40 years. It was dirty, but cleaned up splendidly. It is an early serial number 780, and it has a red model 700 amp. Did they use this amp in this model or is this a swap out...?? With a little re-lube, the juke plays well. The nickel plating is excellent, and it has the coin gear. It also came with an original sales brochure for that model, the parts manual, and service manual......Gonna recap the amp when I find a kit for that... I paid $800 for it, which seems to be a steal...but I had sold off all my jukes 20 years ago, so I'm not in tune with current values..... anyone??

These pix are after a real laborious cleanup, inside and out.


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 Post subject: Re: Wurlitzer 780 jukebox questions
PostPosted: May Fri 31, 2019 1:19 pm 
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yes, I have the back doors for it... I already ordered the wurlitzer plastic for the coin slot area... I do know the 501 was the "normal" amp, but I recall many years ago seeing or hearing someone discuss this model using both the 501 and 700, depending on when it was made. This one is in the first 350 made, and is not the "E" model.


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 Post subject: Re: Wurlitzer 780 jukebox questions
PostPosted: May Fri 31, 2019 3:44 pm 
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All 780's I have worked on (maybe 3 or 4) had the 501 amplifier, as did the 750 and 850. However, the 700 amp was a previous year amp (by the 1941 model year). It was directly interchangeable with a 501, so it is likely that the operator changed the amplifier out (something which was often done with amps and even with mechanisms in order to quickly get the machine up and running again). There is nothing wrong with have a 700 amp in yours, the average person would not know, and it does not diminish value in my opinion. Perhaps a purist might call it out, but it's not a permanent change, so maybe it is no big deal. Cheers, Russie

PS, you got a very nice looking machine there, and where I am, I would value it at about $3K.


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 Post subject: Re: Wurlitzer 780 jukebox questions
PostPosted: May Fri 31, 2019 4:01 pm 
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thanks so much.. you answered all my concerns. cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: Wurlitzer 780 jukebox questions
PostPosted: Jun Sat 01, 2019 10:14 am 
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That is a really nice looking machine and a great purchase! I've had one and it was in great condition. It had been sitting many years but it cleaned up very nicely. It had low plays and worked flawlessly. There was speculation that the 780 was not placed in the usual bars and such. The places it was used in customers were less likely to abuse the machine. True or not I do not know. I enjoyed looking at your wonderful machine.

The 780-E I purchased for $400 about 30 years ago had been in a supposedly rough bar but survived very well. In the cash box I found a receipt for its purchase. The bar owner paid $35.00 for it in 1955 (I believe it was) from a record company here in Phoenix. He got a really good deal. I imagine it just could not compete with the newer, flashy machines of the 100 to 200 selection capability. It ended up in his garage, waiting for me, I guess.
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