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We are passionate about jukeboxes, our staff are highly trained in all the technical details, and are able to provide sound advice when helping you choose the best model for your home or place of work.
The history of the jukebox can be traced back to the coin operated music boxes and player pianos in the 1890s. The first selective jukeboxes arrived in 1927. The term "jukebox" came into use in the United States around 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage "juke joint", derived from the Gullah word "juke" or "joog" meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked.
The golden age of the jukebox came after the end of WWII with the Wurlitzer 1015 being the most popular model, referred to as the "1015 bubbler". It played 24 selections, and is considered a pop culture icon. It sold an amazing 54,000 units in just 2 years.
The design and style is echoed with the Sound Leisure 1015 you see above, which we have in our showroom. This modern interpretation plays 80 CDs, and can accommodate an optional iPod dock, so you can enjoy a huge selection of music at the touch of a button. A far cry from the 24 selections available in the 40s. You can also specify the added Diamond lighting pack, allowing the choice of 9 different light colour changing options. Made in solid oak, this jukebox is simply stunning.
The jukebox silver age was in the 1950s, where the modern influences such as the Sputnik program and the beautiful curvaceous lines of Cadillac automobiles had an impact on the designs. Things moved on from the dome tops to squarer designs, employing plenty of chrome and glass.
The model you see above is the Sound Leisure Rocket 88. This design is based on the classic Seeburg designs of the mid to late 50s. This stunning jukebox takes its name from 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats. The 1951 song has been hailed as the first true rock 'n' roll record, so this jukebox has the sound and look to live up to it. As Jackie sang, “you may have heard of jalopies, you heard the noise they make: let me introduce you to my Rocket 88!”
We specialise in the sale of CD jukeboxes, having models on display in our Bristol showrooms. These stunning machines have all the reliability and ease of use you would hope for, whilst retaining the beautiful designs of a bygone era. They have been engineered to produce the same rich tone as the original jukeboxes, although those who have experienced the incredible depth of tone from an original valve amplified jukebox will argue the difference.
The amplifiers produce an output of 300 watts, with a deep bass and crystal clear treble sound. They are designed to be able to work all day in a commercial environment, week after week, year after year. They employ a commercial grade Philips CD player, which is also designed to be a workhorse that never stops.
These jukeboxes can also be specified to incorporate an iPod dock. This will enable you to use either an iPod or iPhone to play all your digital music. This is great if you want to be able to enjoy the rest of your music collection, or if you have children for example who will want to be able to entertain their friends with their choice of tunes, without you needing to start to remove your precious CDs from their new home.
From time to time we do carry classic jukeboxes from the late 40s and 50s, which play 45s. Obtaining examples of sufficient quality is very difficult or very costly for good examples.
When we are able to obtain exceptional examples we will showcase these in our showrooms. One recent example was an awesome AMI "I" jukebox, capable of playing 200 selections. It had been restored to an exceptional standard, in it's original spearmint green finish. Such is the demand for this type of jukebox it only graced our luxury showroom for 6 weeks before being spotted on our Facebook page by a discerning collector. We didn't even have chance to list it on our website!
We do run a waiting list for our customers for particular models in case we come across one during our travels. If there is a particular model which you are looking for please let us know and we will capture your details and requirements.
Sound Leisure Jukeboxes:
We are an Official UK Retailer for Sound Leisure. All our team have been trained by Sound Leisure to a high standard, and will be able to assist with any information your require.
We hold Sound Leisure Jukeboxes in stock on display in our showrooms. Please come and visit us to audition your choice of model. Please bring along your own choice of music if you wish - there's nothing like doing a sound check using a pice with which you are familiar.
We are also an Official UK Retailer for Wurlitzter. The name is most often associated with jukeboxes, with many of our customers telling us that they have always dreamed of owning a Wurlitzer. The iconic design of the 1015 is the image most people think of when they think about owning a jukebox.
Delivery and Installation:
All our jukeboxes come with free delivery and installation. They are extremely heavy items and are best handled by experienced carriers to ensure there is no damage and your prized possession arrives in pristine condition.
We will unpack and position your jukebox, remove all the transit brackets and set it up for you in your chosen location. Our technician will show you through the operation of your new machine and ensure you are familiar with the controls and functionality.
We will also take away all the packing materials, saving you the job of taking everything to the tip.
A jukebox is a fairly sizable acquisition, not only in it's physical size, but from a financial perspective too. To help with this we are able to offer finance, subject to acceptance, on many of our jukeboxes.
You application can be either processed online, using our paperless process. It takes around 5 to 10 minutes, with instant decisions. Upon acceptance just process your deposit and we will be in touch to complete your order, and prepare the arrangements for delivery. If you prefer you can also make your application in our showroom.
For more information on our finance offering please visit our Finance section.
For help and advice please contact our expert team on either 0800 622 6464 or 01454 413636 and we will be happy to help.
If you prefer to pay us a visit please see our Showroom page for details and for directions check out How To Find Us.
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