The Wurlitzer was without doubt the iconic jukebox of the Big Band Era, to the extent that Wurlitzer became the generic name for any jukebox at that time.
The company’s success owed much to its brilliant marketing department but the extremely reliable ’Simplex’ record changer and the designs of engineer Paul Fuller, who created many of the light-up cabinet styles, also played their part.
The Model 71 we’re offering here was produced between 1940 and 1941 and was designed primarily as a counter top machine, although a few were supplied with the similarly styled deco '710 Stand' which accompanies this beautiful example. These stands are extremely rare and they allow the 71 to be free standing if preferred.
This model includes Wurlitzer’s patented ‘Multi-Selector’ feature, as noted by the label above the printed record selections. Just over 4500 of the Model 71s were produced, all running on 5 cent, 10 cent, or 25 cent coins, and we can supply these with the machine. The 71 plays up to twelve 78rpm records, which are loaded through a hinged lid at the top.
The cabinet itself is finished in a combination of myrtle burl and walnut veneers whilst the base is constructed from ebony. Steel reinforced illuminated Catalin plastics make up the four corners of the jukebox and this exceptional piece has undergone a thorough yet sympathetic restoration at the hands of our experts here in the Weybridge, who also converted it to work on a UK power supply as part of the process.
We haven’t seen one of those for a long time so it’s safe to say that they’re extremely scarce these days, and therefore very much an appreciating asset.
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 The Games Room Company, and the point we wish to get across above all others is that there’s a reason for this.
In this business The Games Room 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.
We’re justly proud of our One Year Parts and Labour Warranty, which extends to on-site visits so if your machine does require some attention, you won’t necessarily have to endure the pain of separation.
We’ve always recognised that with specialised products such as these the after sales service is just as important as the initial sale. It takes a long time to build a reputation and over the years our commitment has won us not just the loyalty of our clients but also the trust of the last remaining American Jukebox manufacturer, Rockola, who in 2014 appointed us as their Exclusive British dealer.
Music itself is an important part of our business, as reflected by our treasured vinyl library, so we are able to help you source and create the perfect playlist. We also make all of the title cards in original typewriter font – so if you’re a bit stuck for choice, we are only too happy to help!
The Games Room Company is one of the oldest jukebox dealers in the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, first learned about jukeboxes in the early 1950s when we were servicing jukeboxes on American Air Force bases. We’ve been selling jukeboxes since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.