That sounds like a cool toy! Wow, that must have been a 70's thing, the golden age of albums. When
you sat down and listened to an album one side at a time. We're back to the pre-album days again in
popular music, one song at a time.
Music servers are slowly becoming a mainstream component. There will be a day when someone combines
something like that into a genuine jukebox interface and they'll have themselves a nice niche
product. There are already plenty of virtual jukebox interfaces, but I'm talking about the real
thing, including the neon lighting and the pushbuttons.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Larry S Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 3:30 PM
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