Best Vintage Jukeboxes:
1) Crosley Model 100 (1930’s – 1960’s)
The Crosley Model 100 was made from 1930 till 1961. It was one of the most popular jukeboxes during its time period. The model number 100 had a round base with a single button located at the top of it.
A red light illuminated when the button was pressed, which indicated that the player could start playing music or stop playing music. There were two buttons located on either side of the button, which allowed players to skip tracks or change the volume. The dials on both sides of the dial displayed different numbers corresponding to various levels of sound intensity. The dials were divided into three sections; low, medium and high.
The Crosley Model 100 was available in a variety of finishes including black, white and silver. It came in a variety of sizes ranging from 16″ to 20″. The price range ranged between $2.00 and $4.50 depending upon the size and finish chosen.
It was cheap, easy to use, reliable and didn’t require any maintenance. It was also very durable making it suitable for long term storage. It had a large selection of songs, so it could accommodate all kinds of musical tastes and styles of music.
It could play up to 10 records at one time and each record could play up to 3 tracks.
The volume was not adjustable, the sound quality was quite poor, the sound was mono and not stereo, and the records skipped quite often. Due to its cheap build it did not like being moved around which made it hard to move from one place to another. In order to move it, two or more people were needed to lift it up safely.
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