I purchased this off of Craigslist a while ago and finished the restoration not too long ago. It had the original blond finish but it was flaking off and just didn’t look good. I decided I wanted to refinish the piece with a really nice teak veneer. I went to a specialty wood shop and put a sheet on order (cost around $200). I then swung by Lowes and picked up adhesive for the veneer and awaited its arrival. While I waited for arrival of the veneer I found a man by the name of Ryan Seal who is well-known in the Seeburg community to restore all the mechanics in it. He showed up and took the whole unit to his house to start the mechanical restoration. He called me when I could come get the cabinet to restore it while he worked on the mechanics of the jukebox. When I got the cabinet back I sanded it and cleaned it up. Not too long after my veneer arrived and I began to apply it. I decided to paint the front trim black so it would look richer with the gold and the color of the wood grain. I also ordered new Seeburg and control decals and applied those. I am lucky that this jukebox had its original stand and external amp.
I also found some external Seeburg satellite speakers on Craigslist that I am in the process of restoring. I have finished one so far.
I think this unit looks great and sounds even better. Let me know what you think.
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Melody recently traveled to Memphis and went to Graceland. We had been told that both Elvis and Frank Sinatra had one of these units in their homes. Melody located it in the “Yellow Room” of Elvis’s home. It is in the corner of the room to the right of the T.V.’s built into the wall.
Absolutely gorgeous! You did an incredible job (of course). I’ve never seen one of these (probably because I never hung out with Elvis or Frank). You’re sumthun else kiddo! BTW – Melody went to Graceland and didn’t take you?! HAH! How does that happen? My nephew went there & brought me back a tacky key chain. What’d you get? :- )
Mel had to go for work I I was too busy to go with all these restorations going on. You know, now that I think about it she didn’t bring me anything….Mel and I will have to discuss this further.
That’s a cool unit. I have a 1959 Seeburg 220 (http://practiceintime.blogspot.com/2011/02/cool-stuff-from-chez-qt-jukebox.html) with those external speakers, but with the original grilles. They were specifically designed for this jukebox, being the first stereo model- prominently noting the Channel 1 and Channel 2 on the cover! My brother also has the Seeburg BMI 2000 commercial library unit.
Wow, your unit is soooo cool. That’s awesome that your brother has a Seeburg unit as well. We really like ours and it wasn’t a difficult restore.