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78 - RPM
Enjoying the coast from downtown Santa Barbara.
of all this is, hands down, the best sounding 78 rpm jukebox ever
made. It had been in development for nearly 8 years. Star
Title Strip Company of Pittsburgh had already begun printing the new
double strips for the "A" by 1947. Needless to say
this is the jukebox that revolutionized the industry.
my take on this jukebox and the record industry and you can correct me
if I'm wrong. Before the 1920's phonograph records were
engineered to sound good on a crank up Victrola. Remember there
were no radio stations until the1920's.
by the mid 1920's just about all of America could hear music on a
radio. Yet no matter how good a 78 rpm record sounded in the
control booth of a radio station, it still was going to be heard thru
either a tiny speaker in a table radio or a large 15 - inch full range
one in a floor model.
Paul Galvin introduced in 1930 Motorola radios for cars. Now the
recording engineer was up against the dilemma of trying to make tunes
sound good coming from small and large home radios and those tiny
little oval speakers in dashboards.
Americans invented jukeboxes at the turn of the 20th
century, their sound systems were quite primitive until into the
1930s. But by the 1940's jukes were becoming a powerful force for
demonstrating new music to the public.
with a limited array of artists on a handful of labels, the public's
appetite became insatiable. Jukeboxes were showing up at bars,
lounges, restaurants, U.S.O. halls and even drug stores.
didn't take long for record companies to realize the marketing
possibilities of "jukes". Where better to hear your
favorite new artist's newest hit but on a jukebox.
the public had to do is hear a tune sound great on a jukebox for them
to go out and buy the record. It didn't matter what it sounded
like after they bought it. The sale was done and the jukebox did
improved jukebox amplifiers and cartridges, recording engineers worked
hand in hand with the industry leaders in developing records that
sounded good on jukes.
the beginning, jukes were made large so a customer walking into an
establishment would spot it immediately. The big
cabinets made for excellent acoustic devises or speaker
record companies could engineer records with a standard in mind.
That of sounding good coming out of a 15 - inch jukebox speaker. The
jukebox became their best salesmen.
continue with my theory, it just stands to reason that this marriage
of recording engineers and jukebox manufacturers would be at it's
peak, at least for 78 rpm, in the years before and just after 45 rpm
came along in 1949. Thus I believe tunes produced between 1940
and 1959 were intended to sound their best emitted from a jukebox.
records of the 60s and Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound"
recordings were intended to sound their best in mono car radios.)
hear the original 78 - rpm RCA version of Elvis Presley's monster 1956
hit "Don't Be Cruel" or even Glen Miller's "In the
Mood" on a Seeburg "A" can be breath taking.
You'd be blown away by the fullness of sound coming from the little
black Pickering cartridge through a 16 watt push-pull tube type
amplifier out a 15-inch full range speaker inside a massive wooden
cabinet. All the components were "tuned" with each
how '40's big band and early rock and roll was meant to sound.
It's absolutely amazing and no other means of reproduction comes any
where near matching it. As far as I'm concerned, the "M-100A" is
the best sounding 78 rpm jukebox in the world.
a side note: Seeburg took essentially the same amp, cartridge
and 15 - inch speaker and installed it in the worlds first 45 rpm
jukebox, the M-100 B in 1951. Although the only difference was
the speed of the record and the size of the cabinet, the "B"
only sounds half as good as the "A".
the faster the record spins, the better it sounds. So L.P.
versions of early Rock and Roll at 33 1/3 - rpm leave a lot to be
desired compared to a 78 rpm juke. "Rock Around the
Clock" was produced before "HI-FI" came along. By
the way I'm a radio engineer with a "First-Class" ticket,
the highest broadcast license the FCC issues.
another side story: Shortly after starting JUKEBOXES UNLIMITED
® in Phoenix AZ, a guy calls me and asks if I buy 78 - rpm jukes.
He had 25 "A"s in a shed behind his hair salon in Mesa (a
city outside Phoenix). He wanted to jump on the bandwagon of
making tons of coins from jukeboxes, so he invested in 25 brand new
"A"s at the end of 1948.
placed the first one in a little Italian restaurant on 7th
street near downtown Phoenix called the
Blue Grotto. By 1951 the
Seeburg "B" model playing the new 45 rpm records came along
and made his "A"s obsolete.
never placed another one on location again. So in 1971 I bought
them all including the one from the Blue Grotto for $25 each. I should
be shot, huh?
took apart three "A"s for this particular unit and used the
best parts of each. Someone had chromed nearly everything on
this cabinet, so cosmetically it’s beautiful. And of course
with it's original black head cartridge and original 15 - inch
speaker, sounds great.
you should buy this wonderful music machine and breakout the old Rock
and Roll 78s. Does anybody still know how to
"Bop"? You should hear Gene Vincent’s
"Be-Bop-A-Lula" on an "A". And what's also
cool about an "A" is you can hear "Woman Love" on
the other side without flipping the record over.
We ship worldwide and to insure
proper care we crate the jukeboxes ourselves. Call us with your
shipping address and we'll get you a competitive shipping/insurance
quote (prices vary according to value and destination), unless you'd
like to pick it up or have us deliver it in the Southern California
Our experience in servicing
jukeboxes bought elsewhere through the Internet is that many sustain
some kind of damage in transport. When you buy a jukebox from us
we make sure the components inside are properly secured. In some
cases we can send you detailed photos and instructions on how to
unpack the unit and get it up and running.
"We only sell quality
reconditioned jukeboxes that we'll be happy to service in the future.
This we've done since 1971."
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of our other jukeboxes call us at:
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