Jukeboxes are one of the few mechanical survivors to have a massive draw appeal. These gorgeous machines still make an impact 60 years down the line…

Wurlitzer Jukeboxes from fifties lined up © Paul Worpole Photography

For me, there is something truly magical about jukeboxes that never gets boring. I’m not sure whether it’s the lights and the decorative chrome castings going back to the art deco period, the space age design with a bubble top, or the sheer thundering massive speaker booming out of a wooden box the size of a small fridge adding warmth and depth to the distinctive sound of vinyl records.

Lights, Music, Action…

From its chunky, clunky illuminated push button selection, and the whirring and clicking sound of its internal motors and valve humming, to the final positioning of the needle on the record some much-missed lead in crackles – to the moment of anticipation as the song comes to life.

Wurlitzer Jukebox from 1956 © Paul Worpole Photography

Rock - Ola Jukebox Pink Stereo Speaker Detail © Paul Worpole PhotographyRock - Ola Jukebox Header Detail © Paul Worpole PhotographyWurlitzer Jukebox from Button Detail 1956 200 selection © Paul Worpole Photography

The 1940s to 1950s…

Jukeboxes were the only opportunity in the 40s of hearing a particular song on cue. However, with the invention of the transistor in the 50s and the subsequent portable radio, people could listen to music wherever they were.

In a war-torn grey Britain, it provided the “Americanisation”  and hope to the youth at the time. Teenagers met up at coffee bars to listen to the latest sounds arriving at our shores from the US of A.

Wurlitzer Jukeboxes from fifties © Paul Worpole PhotographyWurlitzer Jukebox from 1956 Hi Fidelity typeface Red and White © Paul Worpole PhotographyWurlitzer Jukebox from 1956 Deck Detail © Paul Worpole Photography


Initially taking its design cues from the art deco period to chrome car fins and dashboards of the fifties, later borrowing its inspiration from toy robots of the 60’s.  When you see them side by side in his amazing showroom, you start to appreciate the love and detail created by the designers in every square inch. Yes, visually, they are loud and garish, they were meant to attract you to put your change in, but there is something special, something indefinable going on.

Wurlitzer Jukebox from 1956 Coin © Paul Worpole Photography

Rock - Ola Jukebox Coin Detail © Paul Worpole PhotographyRock - Ola Jukebox 120 selection typeface Detail © Paul Worpole Photography

Mike Andrews…

 Mike has been in the industry now for over 50 years, originally he was a TV repairman in the sixties (when TV’s would go wrong on a regular basis) his friend asked him if he could repair the jukebox in the local pub. He located a technical manual and the rest was history.  Roll forward 50 years, his business based purely on word of mouth and he supplies jukeboxes to the rich and famous all over the country.

Mike Andrews Portrait with his Wurlitzer Jukebox chrome fascia © Paul Worpole Photography


 He attends with his wife, around three trade shows in Chicago every year, the home of the majority of the Jukebox manufactures like Wurlitzer, Rock-Ola, and Seeburg.

Jukeboxes are imported in from bars all over the USA and with a few tweaks a lot of knowledge and patience, these 60 plus-year-olds will roar back into life.

He really has an affinity with his jukeboxes and his restorations are very ‘sympathetic’ using only original parts re-chromed and if the glass domes cannot be polished he will replace with brand new versions. Internally they are brought up to safety standards reliability making them sound just a little better and more reliable than back in 1957!

Wurlitzer Jukebox from 1956 200 © Paul Worpole Photography

 A1 on the jukebox, but nowhere in the charts…

Mike always has his “test record” loaded, something you can compare all of this jukeboxes – it’s on A1 selection and for all you ‘Pop Masters’ It’s the ‘B’ side to ‘FBI’, called ‘Midnight’ by the ‘Shadows’.  It’s instrumental and uses the bass qualities of a valve powered speaker to it’s booming fullest!

Mike Andrews Portrait with his Wurlitzer Jukebox © Paul Worpole Photography

What makes them so special…

Most modern music is enjoyed on a personal level, however, these giants are intended to be heard by everyone whilst stimulating human senses of sound light and touch. These works of mechanical art have no intention of fading away. Restored professionally, they are an appreciating asset. But let’s be honest, that’s not the reason you would ever want one!

Need to get your hands on one of these beauties…give Mike a call at Discomatics on;  01623 627184

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