The Seeburg 201 model is a legend, proudly showcasing Seeburg’s talent for imbuing their jukeboxes with a 50s edge. The Cadillac fins on its speaker grille were ubiquitous in vehicle design in the mid-20th century. From the jet planes of the steadily evolving aviation industry to the shuttles of America’s infant space program, the retro-styling captured the imagination of the public and spilled over into automobile design, which in turn influenced the look of jukeboxes of the time.
The addition of the ruby lights studding its speaker grille enhances the 201’s wow factor, making it perhaps the most striking example of a retro-styled jukebox – putting the class into classic.
Allow us to explain how and why we go to such extreme lengths when repairing and restoring vintage games.
Over the years we are fortunate enough to have gathered together a select few individuals whose enthusiasm for jukeboxes, pinball machines and vintage arcade games ensures that they are never less than 100% committed to the task in hand. They quite simply love breathing new life into old circuitry and want to see as many of these classic pieces preserved for future generations as possible.
Not for them the perfunctory checklists and proverbial ‘tyre kicking’ which pass for an inspection at other dealers but instead an unflinching determination to get to grips with the detail. This usually begins with a thorough strip down of the machine and a forensic examination of the internal workings. They’ll be aware of the particular quirks and foibles of any given piece and instead of just replacing failed parts they’ll always go the extra mile, swapping out components which are likely to fail in the near future.
An obvious comparison would be between a classic car which remains on show in a garage and one that you can actually enjoy driving.
Rare though many of these machines are, rarer still are the examples which have been properly restored or can truthfully be said to be in full working order. It goes without saying that when unrestored machines come up for sale online or at auction, they’ll often be priced rather lower than the machines sold by Pinball Hives Company, and the point we wish to get across above all others is that there’s a reason for this.