First released in 1958 and with a production run extending into the following year, Seeburg’s superb 222 model holds eighty 45 rpm vinyl records giving a total of 160 selections.
The 222 was one of the last Seeburg models with a visible mechanism since newer models were beginning to feature larger graphics which in turn restricted the window space available for showing the inner workings. Seeburg models from this era were notable for the orientation of the turntable, which plays the disks in an upright position rather than the more usual horizontal configuration.
This was Seeburg's first stereo jukebox as all the previous ones were restricted to mono, and it was the last model they produced in the 1950's. Between the 220 (100 selections) and the 222, (160 selections) around 12,000 units were manufactured, but the astonishing thing is that less than 2000 of these were the latter, and most of which are no longer in existence. The few rare examples of the 222 that remain, like this example, have now largely been restored for private colllections.
Like all our vintage jukeboxes, this particular machine has undergone an extensive ‘nut and bolt’ restoration and is in fabulous condition inside and out.
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.
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.
The Seeburg 222 is an exceptionally pretty machine with stunning chrome trim, a grey and pink theme which perfectly evokes the late 1950's, and coloured light washing down the peforated grill sections at the front of the cabinet providing an atmospheric glow. All these machines look so much better in subdued lighting when the colours can really sing out but with the 222 beauty is more than just skin deep as she sounds great too, coutesy of a high fidelity amplifier combining tubes and transisitors.
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.