Vintage 1958 Ami Jci-100 Unadulterated Hot Rod Of A Jukebox
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Vintage 1958 Ami Jci-100 Unadulterated Hot Rod Of A Jukebox :
Thanks for your interest. I'd like to begin with the FINE PRINT :SOLD AS-IS, WHERE-IS.
I've never owned a jukebox before and no little about their workings. I am involved in various types of design and can say with no doubt that this is the coolest jukebox I've ever seen. It's why I bought it (estate closing) to begin with, but reality says I can't keep it. It is exactly as I bought it and though I thought about having someone look at it , my limited research leads me to believe that someone will take it off my hands as it is.The last owner (2nd) purchased this about 25 years ago. He said it was working fine until it wasn't . He remembers "about 20 years ago" the record not feeding or loading properly and blowing a/some fuse/s. He took the 3 plates covering stuff near the platter off thinking that there might be something he would fix. Upon seeing the inside, he put the parts in a box and there it has sat in his living room. The three metallic plates that you see semi-installed in picture 4 were wrapped in newspaper dated 1991. "About 20 years" is probably exactly 22 years.
In the box along with the three plates were all the screws, a tiny little brush that looks like it might attach to the tone arm to clean the records? and a fuse cover/cap. In the 3rd picture far upper right is a box that hold three fuses on the 'outside'. The one closest to the front off the jukebox is missing and was missing it's cap as well. I would have put a fuse in and tried to play it but the other two fuses were totally different looking from one another so I didn't know what type to use. No need to make the situation worse. I'm not diagnosing anything but it may be a clue for you. When turned on a coin will just fall into the coin box which is in fine original shape.Everything looks complete. Inside there was even the original bag with warranty card and extra red plastic word categories "country" "classics" ""varieties" etc. All of the original interior labels look intact. It comes full of records including some extras I got with it.The wood painted ledge on the left side just below the glass shows wear (pic 7) as well as some wear to the finish on the coin door (pic 9). One of the protruding 'arrow lights' on the bumper part (pic 6) is cracked but looks complete and could probably be fixed w/ super glue. Some of the wires leading to the fuse box (upper right pic 3) have dry, cracked insulation. In picture 8 you see orange paint on 2 pieces of chrome forming an oval. On the other side (pic 5) only one side is painted. It doesn't look like it has been removed but just never painted?
Picture 10 shows the inside back. It's as clean as a time capsule. From there you can lift a lever to remove the cover to reveal the amp ( pic 9) . The last picture shows all visible tubes glowing after having been turned on for many hours. No weird smells , noises or anything. A faint hum that sounds just like some very fancy tube stereo stuff I've owned. All of the lights work as they should and look fantastic as it gets dark out.
While not perfect (nor working) this will not be like buying something out of a barn, shed, bar or flooded basement. It shows mild wear consistent with careful use and then 22 years of no use. It really is beautiful.I hope that you've been wanting one of these in nice shape and have waited and waited. I might suggest that waiting is up.A few more things:
If you have low or no response you will need to reach me long before even thinking about offerding. Payment within 3 days.
I don't have room for this. I'm happy to keep it at my office for one month after the sale while you've made arrangements to get it. After that, both you (buyer) and I (seller) will consider it mine again unless prior arrangements have been made.
I hope you just come pick it up. I'll work with you or your shipper. It will be you doing the leg work and making these arrangements. It's about 1.5 hours West of Madison Wisconsin. NOT Alden Il. Easy first floor access to the street /business address.I really don't know what would be a fair "buy it now" price so lets just sell it sale style...really.Thanks for your time . offer with confidence and please let me know if you have any questions.
P.S. Please don't ask me to put you in contact with the winning buyer because you waited/forgot/whatever. I won't do it. This is going to sell with so offer early and high and like you mean it.
On Jul-12-13 at 08:30:32 PDT, seller added the following information:
In response to a couple questions, Alden IL is my former address. The jukebox is at my office in Platteville WI. If you're close enough and would like to see it before the end of the sale you're more than welcome . Thanks!
In response to questions both the front 'windshield' and top colored dome (lights up) are the original glass.
The serial number on the back tag reads 420859.