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Seeburg ‘1000’ Background Music System

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Mel and I picked this up from a guy in Davis California. I have always wanted one of these. I love the styling and size of this unit compared to the size of the Seeburg LU1 we own.

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These machines are about the size of a microwave and slightly heavier.

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I had a hairpin leg stand that was sitting around so I decided to refinish it and use it as a platform for this Seeburg.

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I tried to match the paint the best I could to the Seeburg, I even used gold spray paint webbing to accent the aqua.

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The inside is pretty clean for as old as it is.

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Though there is a speaker in the door you could also hook up satellite speakers to fill a room/store with the soothing sounds of mood music.

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This machine is functional but it could use a tune up. Our friend Justin at Stellar Electronics is going to take a look at it to see if he can convert it to play 45’s. If anyone can do it Justin would be the person.

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The unique things about these units is that they play a 16-2/3 speed records, which I think are unique to this machine. The Seeburg Background Music record is a vinyl record of a non-standard size of 9 inches diameter with a 2 inch center hole. These units had 3 types of background music: basic, mood and industrial. The records were distributed quarterly in boxes of seven. The operator was supposed to replace records in the system with new records of the same number (i.e. MM-125). Each box is labeled with the library type, date to place in service, and instructions to the operator. These instructions also specify that each record is to be returned to Seeburg after use. Upon return, the records were destroyed.

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When we purchased this unit the previous owner had about 40-50 records. I will keep you informed on what we do with this little gem!

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Something cool I discovered while researching this Seeburg unit is that someone created a streaming audio station of just the music from the Seeburg 1000 music library. Click HERE to check it out!

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SOURCE:

http://seeburg1000.com

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Seeburg Teardrop Speakers Refresh

These needed a lot of work to look like I want them!

I purchased these two speakers form Ebay and I was very excited to get them. One speaker is the standard Seeburg teardrop speaker and the other is the deluxe version with volume control and an on and off switch.  Anyways as you can tell one was bakelite and the other was a cream color (with about a thousand coats of house paint). The technique I used to restore these was very similar to the Health-O-Meter scale resto I did sometime back. This is a good example of how you can use the same process on different pieces to bring them back to life. Here is how they turned out…

Here is the deluxe Seeburg speaker all done up!

I decided a maroon, black and gold combo color scheme would match the Seeburg library unit the best. I used a few pieces of a gold starburst fabric that I had on hand to cover speaker grills. I think it looks fantastic.

These turned out fantastic!

As you can see below they all go together now.

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I am still short about 30 or so records so that will be my next thing to focus on.

The piece above the Seeburg was done by Erich. I haven’t been able to find any info on him. I love his technique and how this image tells its own story.

Now onto the next resto! I know I haven’t been blogging as much lately but it is largely due to our booth at 57th Street Antique Mall. It has been keeping us really busy. Sorry 🙂

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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.

Here it is before resto (excuse the poor quality of the photo).

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.

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Here you can see where Elvis had the same jukebox placed in the wall of his TV room in Graceland.

 

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