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From: "Larry S Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
> 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.
> Larry Miller
> 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
Whole point is that the market in used jukeboxes is driven by
"old age" baby-boomers...who have both the nostalgia and the finances to
"a jukebox just like the one I played the first time I got laid!!"
Once something becomes a "Collectible," the theoretical value multiplies by
Further, jukebox "operators" for logical reasons preferred to stock their
machines with the records that drew the most nickels/quarters/wotever.
That, of course, varied among beer joints, according to their "clientele!"
Steven C. Barr