Jukeboxes

I used to collect/restore jukeboxes –  I guess as a spinoff from my audio hobby.
Three boxes are still with me –   Seeburg HF 100R, AMI Continental 2, and a Wurlitzer 1900.
They’re all in working condition but will probably need a maintenance check since I haven’t fired them up for a while now.

 

Seeburg

1954 Seeburg HF 100R

This 1950’s Seeburg H100 model can be seen in the intro of Happy Days with the Fonz leaning on one. Advertised supposedly as the first hi-fi jukebox – whatever that meant. The suffix 100  denotes that this was the first model to play one hundred 45’s. Fifty records were the norm before this model. The mechanism picks up and plays the records vertically.

 

 

 

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AMI Continental 2

The design of the 1962 AMI Continental 2 was inspired by the 1960’s space race. Notice the dome and satellite/radar theme.
Cute operation as the mechanism picks up the 45’s vertically and flips it over to play.
Featured prominently in the movie Ghost,  the Continental 2 is the first model to introduce “dual sound” (stereo).
Although the golden age of the jukebox is between the 1940-50’s, the Continental 2 is sought after by collectors because of the novelty of its design.

 

 

 

Wurlitzer 1900  (Net Photo)

My prized possession –  an early 50’s Wurlitzer 1900.
This jukebox is still undergoing final restoration but has been shelved for a few years now. I had to order some parts from the US to complete the restoration. This model was designed in late 1955 and produced in 1956 for the centenary of the company founded by Rudolf Wurlitzer in 1856.

All the boxes use vacuum tube amplification.
And even though a  multitude of pops and ticks can be heard, that vintage sound captured by these boxes is always music to my ears.

 
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2 Responses to “Jukeboxes”
  1. Paul says:

    Hello BB3, I am not very familiar with Juke Boxes and based on your message, You may have a recommendation. I want a late 50’s or early 60’s juke box and I like the look of the AMI Contintental but I have been googling about them and i have read more than once that they are tempermental machines and not “sound” and reliable as a Seeburg or Wurlitzer. Do you have any advice? Thanks Paul

    • bb3 says:

      Hi Paul,
      Yes, I must admit that I’ve had some minor problems with the AMI once in a while -nothing serious though. But in the same token, i did experience some trouble too with the Seeburg and Wurl. I just coughed it off to all these being 50 plus year old units that might show signs of minor failures every now and then.
      Sorry, if I can’t be much help.
      One thing though, the Continental is one cool design as far as boxes are concerned.

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