From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
from observation of a box of SEEBURG '1000' BACKGROUND MUSIC replacement
records in my possession I can report the following:
On the edge of the box it says: "Place in use December 26, 1968. If seal is
broken, this package contains used records"
The seal is broken, and several dates are represented on the used records,
which is good for observation.
The instructions say:
1. These seven records replace seven similarly-numbered records in a Mood
2. Quarterly replacements must be executed in all libraries.
3. Remove 28 records from mechanism; place on clean surface. DO NOT TOUCH
4. Extract seven old records (similarly-numbered) and replace with these
seven Quarterly Replacement Records.
5. Place seven old recors in this carton and mark carton "USED RECORDS" [mine
is not marked!]
6. Re-stack 28 records on mechanism in proper numerical order (101-128) with
all "A" sides facing downward, bottom record should be 101-A.
7. Dealer returns all "USED RECORDS" to his distributor: Distributor returns
them, together with his own, to Seeburg Music Library, Inc. Used Records may
be returned in bulk (without sleeves, etc.)--They will never be re-issued."
Distributor must return to Seeburg Music Libary, Inc. the exact number of
"USED RECORDS" as he has received "Quarterly Replacements" within 30 days. It
is his responsibility to get them back promptly from his dealer.
For each such "USED RECORD" not returned within 30 days, distributor's
monthly music fee will be increased by twenty-four cents (.24).
[alas, think of the monthly accumulation for 40 years on the seven records I
The records themselves are composed the following way:
Outer diameter 8 inches, hole 2 inches.
6 of the 7 records say BASIC and have an orange label
2 of these say "place in use 4-1-65" "Decca Custom Productions"
2 say "place in use 12-26-66" "RCA Custom Records"
2 say "place in use 4-1-68" "RCA Custom Records"
The last record says INDUSTRIAL and has a wine-red label
it says "place in use 4-1-67" "RCA Custom Records"
I obtained this packet from the remains of a jukebox repair shop in
Copenhagen, given to me by the last man standing. By the way, Denmark had its
own production and export of jukeboxes, and they have been well documented in
I hope to have added to the accumulated and "published" knowledge.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Dan Nelson wrote:
> >> The Seebug juke box company made a "library" unit that played 12" lps.
> >> The unit was designed to play 33s or 16 2/3 rpm music discs. 16rpm 12"
> >> discs were released by Decca records, mostly bacground music type.
> >> dnw
> > Do you have any reference for info (or any copies) of any 12-inch Decca 16
> > 2/3 RPM discs? Vox put out a series of 8 them in 1958 and I have three of
> > them, and Prestige did 4 of them, but the only 16 2/3 Decca pressings I've
> > seen are 10-inch with large holes (maybe 2-inches) that were made
> > especially for the Seeburg. Victor also did pressings for them. These
> > discs were not sold to the public but were leased with the machine with
> > monthly updates. The Vox and Prestige records were sold to the public,
> > looked like regular 12-inch LPs, and were listed in a separate section in
> > "The Long Player" and "Jazz and Pops" catalogs. Vox called them XLPs, and
> > all were mastered by Rudy Van Gelder.
> Are/were these reecords the oddball 16-2/3rpm discs on the "Seeburg"
> label...with 45-sized center holes? I have acquired a few of these over
> the years...but never knew what they were intended for...?!
> Steven C. Barr