Launched in 1960, the Rock-Ola 1485 Tempo II is a very special piece and will be familiar to anyone who remembers 'Jukebox Jury', the early 1960's TV programme hosted by David Jacobs. As a recent import from the States this unlikely to be the actual machine that featured in Jacobs' iconic show, but it is without doubt the model they used.
Like all our vintage jukeboxes, the 1485 has undergone a thorough restoration and is therefore in superb condition inside and out. As you might expect, she plays as well as she looks, and no one can deny that she looks stunning.
The 1485 holds 100 45rpm records, giving a total of 200 selections, and in common with most jukeboxes of the period one can enjoy the theatre of watching the discs being selected from the carousel before being lightly placed on the turntable by a mechanical arm. This is a particularly rare example as most Tempo II machines only offered 120 selections.
This example dates from 1960, which is the year the Tempo II was launched. It's immediately distinguished by the striking chevron which sits on the centre of the speaker grille, whilst 'under the bonnet' changes included a new stereo amplifier and the removal of its predecessor's rotating title drum. In its place was a complete title strip assembly which displayed all the selections at once, organised by category. Pushing one of the top category buttons lights up an arrow pointing to a vertical section of title strips for the corresponding category.
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 CD library, so we are able to help you source and create the perfect digital playlists. If you’re a bit stuck for choice, we are only too happy to help!
The Games Room Company is the official UK distributor for Rock-Ola jukeboxes (one of the most recognised brands in the world), and we’re now the largest retailer of them in the country. Originally founded by Reginald Waldersmith, our company has been selling jukeboxes since 1962, so we 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.