The Seeburg M100C was introduced in 1952 and is a particularly pretty machine, with its bold chrome grille framed by attractive multi coloured rotating columns. Like many Seeburg designs it was striking and original, showing what could be achieved with a fresh approach and inspiring many imitators.
The company was founded way back in 1902 and in addition to manufacturing a wide variety of musical and vending equipment over the decades, they also went on to introduce many innovative jukebox features that were later adopted by other companies.
Their Select-o-Matic record selection mechanism is case in point, with its trademark design feature of holding all the records in a vertical row. They are played in this vertical orientation too, which is markedly different to most jukeboxes of the era which would take the disks from a circular carousel and place them on a conventional turntable. The M100C holds 50 45rpm records thereby yielding a total of 100 selections with A and B sides.
Rare though many of these machines are, rarer still are the examples that 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. In this business Pinball Hives Company’s reputation is second to none, and as it’s been hard won over the years it’s something we never take for granted. Every machine that goes off to a customer, be they corporate or private, is a potential advertisement for the business and if we didn’t do our job properly then we wouldn’t have the high number of loyal, returning customers that we do.