Wurlitzer Model 616 Jukebox With Light Up Kit, Easy Restoration, Has Coin Gear
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Wurlitzer Model 616 Jukebox With Light Up Kit, Easy Restoration, Has Coin Gear:
Here is a nice wood cabinetlate 1930's Wurlitzer Juke Box model 616, with a factory light up kit modification (popular in late 30's and early 40's). This was recently picked up from a friend in Oklahoma, and he said the former owner indicated it was playing and cycling well (before the amp tubes were removed for another project). From the originality and condition of the interior, I believe he was probably right and I don't see why it wouldn't play once the amplifier is refreshed (tubes). The wood cabinet is in really nice shape with original factory veneer, check out the photos (zoom in and check out the details - know what you are buying!). I saw three spots on the cabinet where some veneer patching will be needed, and all of these are pictured in the detail photos. The upper right top corner (towards front) has an area where the veneer is picking up (see photo), and the worst spot is the lower left back dornenr where some veneer and the underlay band has some breaks. There are a few small veneer breaks on the back side edge on the right side of the cabinet, from being moved over the years. The spot in the photo to lower left of front grille is actually mud residue from a wasp nest (that I forgot to fully wash off), the veneer is fine there. Refinished, the wood on this jukebox will be fantastic, and the quality of the original Wurlitzer factory veneers are really good.
The jukebox hasboth back doors (upper one with the painted fan composite is in nice condition), the lower back door looks to have had the oil drip shroud wood panel replaced. There are no keys for the locks, and the metal box cover for the magazine switch is missing. The junction box plate and labels are decent, as is the amplifier (a model 771). The amp will need tubes and probably a rebuild. All of the coin gear is present, although the 25 cent coin slide is broken as shown in the photo. The juke box will need a set of record insert trays and title strip holders (the metal strips holding the paper labels). The title holder is present, and in good condition other than a small break above selection number 9 (a smallcorner pieceof the white plastic is broken off and gone).
The inside of the jukebox has an interesting goldWurlitzer auxiliary power box mounted to the side wall of the cabinet. It has an interesting serial number as well, with a double-A designation. The serial number (on tag, as well as impressed in the wood cabinet, and also on the amplier) is 'A35189A'. The amplier tag serial number is A21804A. I don't recall seeing a serial number such as this before (letter preceeding and following the main SN), it may designate the lightup kit element?
The cabinet is nice and solid, tight, no loose joints. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see the lower right front base molding (foot) has a piece broken off on very front. I have put a new set of casters on the jukebox.This machineis an excellent candidate for restoration, and a super example to add to your collection, the light up plastic kit and grille add a lot of color to the wooden cabinet. It still has the original tonearm wood shipping bracket mounted on the jukebox floor (almost always missing). It has the correct tonearm on the mechanism, with the original steel needle magnetic head, and you willlikely want to rebuild the tonearm for lighter tracking force. Thats about all that I saw worth mentioning - basically a nice near complete vintage jukebox which is nearly 80 years old and still in really nice original condition!
Great styling to the cabinet, this would be a good addition for your collection if you are looking for a pre-war period wood cabinet vintage jukebox with some lightup color and pizazz.Theseprewar woodie jukeboxesare getting very tough to find in this condition. Would make a great project box for the upcoming winter if you're looking for a woodie cabinet model.
No shipping is provided on this item, local pickup is free. I will be happy to coordinate with your shipper if you wish, but you will need to make the arrangements and pay them directly (North American Van Lines, STI does a good job with door to door shipping if you wish). I need the space in my garage, so pickup needs to be made within two weeks of the sale completion please. If it has not beenpicked up in three weeks or with other agreed arrangements, then it will be resold. The jukebox is located in Katy, Texas, zip 77494. I will be happy to wrap the jukebox in plastic shrink wrap to protecttheveneer and keep any loose bitsin place.
I accept PayPal, or also personal check payments.
Please ask any & all questions before the end of the sale, I do not want any returns or buyers remorse. No international sales, USA buyers only. If you need additional photos of any part of the jukebox, please let me know.