I used to have one of these. It was coffin-sized., made by Seeberg, if
memory serves. The LPs were installed vertically and the playback mechanism
was positioned by a moving chain. It used an old-style telephone dial to
feed the position number to the mechanism. The cartridge was mounted so it
could turn 180 degrees, thus able to play either side of the record.
It took up a lot of space, and was a heavy monster. Better in theory than
in practice. I think I broke even on it and wasn't sorry to see it go.
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Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 3:30 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Living Presence promo copies
Do you know about LP jukeboxes? Not the kind that plays 7-inch 33-1/3
discs, but the type that plays full-sized 12-inch LPs. I've encountered
only a couple, one in a long-gone restaurant near the Mizzou campus called
the Agora House. Not only were the enchiladas good, for, I believe, a
quarter, I could hear an entire side of 'The Doors" or "Surrealistic
Pillow." Probably not the sort of thing you'd want to put your shaded dogs
on, but if you had a Dynaflex re-issue of something, who cares? By the way,
I think it had a Shure cartridge.
For a long time, I had dreams of a classic 45-singles jukebox, but then when
I started shopping for
a well-restored one, it turned out they mostly sound like crap due to both
mid-grade to low-grade
phono pickups and also the fact that most singles sound like crap from Play
One. So net-net, I
decided that they're great for noisy bars and diners but not so much for
focused listening at home.
I admit still being thrilled when I come upon one that still works in a bar
or diner. The first
thing I do is feed it dollars so I can sample its contents. Nowadays, if you
find it working, it's
usually on its last legs and the records are circa early 1990's or earlier.
No interest in or use
for CD jukeboxes; I remember when those first came out, higher prices per
play and less fun to use.
Plus much less frequent switch-ins of music, at least in the upstate NY
market, so the whole purpose
of a jukebox was being defeated. It went from a music-discovery machine to
an oldies and stale hits
-- Tom Fine
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