It’s been awhile since there have been any new additions to the basement arcade. That all changed the other day when my daughter sent me a text message with a picture of an item she insisted we purchase. After asking the price, I agreed and we were soon on our way to pick up a Seeburg Q160 Jukebox. I think every arcade needs a jukebox and I’ve wanted one for a long time. The Q160 was produced from late 1959 to late 1960 and can store and play 80 45 rpm records. With 2 sides per record, that is 180 songs. Here are a couple of pictures:
I’ll be the first to admit, I know nothing about jukeboxes. It’s complete and looks to be in fairly decent shape. It needs a good cleaning and is missing one piece of chrome from the lower left hand side. The amplifier (SHFA1) appears to be missing a couple of tubes (I think two are intentionally missing). I have no intentions of powering it on until I feel confident that it is safe to do so. Not safe from my perspective but safe from a component perspective. The last thing I want to do is fry a 50 year old transformer that I can’t replace.
I’ve ordered a complete set of manuals from Victory Glass who are closed for vacation until the 14th of August. Once the manuals arrive I’ll hopefully get a better idea how it works. A complete restoration is the plan (my daughter is in charge of cleaning it!). As usual, I’ve set up a dedicated photo gallery to track the restoration progress. If you have any tips, suggestions or cheap 45s you’re willing to sell let me know. I still owe you a walkthrough of the temporary arcade space with a detailed list of “problems” that need to be fixed. Until then, game on!