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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.

Shazam!

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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Seeburg Library Unit 1

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.

tvroom

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

 

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