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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:57:32 PM on 7 May 2012.
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 Location: Perth, WA
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Hi all,

My name is Vic and I have been interested in electronics , TVs , Radios , Grams etc since I was a wee lad of 8 years old . Many I wrecked and pulled apart to learn their thing . But I did learn a thing or two.

Years on I got involved in mechanical repairs but since 2001 have gone back to fixing and restoring jukeboxes and vintage electronics . Many of collected items now undergoing electrical restoration

Kind Regards

Vic.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:31:54 PM on 7 May 2012.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Welcome to the forums Vic. I've always dreamed of owning a Wurlitzer jukebox. Very expensive piece of equipment though.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:54:10 PM on 7 May 2012.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Welcome, yours is a familiar story, I think.

I have a jukebox, but it's solid state and uses CD's. It's a 1989 Rowe-AMI LaserStar, their first fully CD model. It holds 100 discs but uses their traditional vinyl disc carousel mechanism for storing and loading the CDs onto the laser player and with 250 watts on-board it's got some grunt.

Here's a picture of the model I have:


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 12:40:40 AM on 8 May 2012.
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 Location: Perth, WA
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Hey Guys,

I still dream of owning a Wurlitzer , but will have to be happy with the ones I got. We are over priced here in Australia as jukeboxes in the US are much cheaper.

Cheers Vic.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 2:24:04 AM on 8 May 2012.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Yes, my Rowe AMI CD100 sells for ~$4k here and ~$750 in the USA, but I wouldn't part with it now for any money.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:18:50 AM on 8 May 2012.
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The Rowes are the ones Fonzie used to bang his arm on to play a song?

I remember a lot of pubs used to have the CD model pictured above. $3.00 a throw was a bit expensive though. I imagine that late models would just play MP3 format files... Definitely not as romantic as the old 45's being played on the carousel-fed automatic changers.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 11:04:10 AM on 8 May 2012.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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I have wanted to own a jukebox since I was a teenager, but I decided to wait until I could get an affordable CD version because I wanted to be able to record my own CD compilations, which is what I have done for about 30% of the discs loaded into it. Note they are audio CD format, not MP3, but you can pack plenty of tracks onto a standard CD, and the title sheet is of limited length in a readable font anyway.

It ended up costing me more than I expected to have to pay, but it was in excellent condition for an old box so I didn't want to pass it up.

I don't know what they are using now; haven't really looked but MP3 on a hard disc would be logical. The old style mechanisms can need a lot of maintenance.

I have the infra red remote control kit for mine, although I haven't yet installed it. The remote unit is a big as a shoe!

I believe the Fonz one is a Seeburg HF-100:



In the series it looks like they used dulling spray on the glass to avoid reflections:

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