Launched in 1959, the Rock-Ola Tempo 1 120 Model 1468 is one of two versions launched by the iconic jukebox manufacturer in that year. This model offers 120 selections from 60 records while its stablemate, the 1475, holds 200 selections from 100 records. It plays 45rpm singles and has a wonderful, rich quality to the sound.
As with all our vintage jukeboxes, the 1468 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 design of the Tempo 1 draws heavily on cars from the 1950's, with striking chrome fins extending outwards and a dramatic chrome 'V' dominating the front speaker panel, strongly evoking the classic Cadillac logo from the period.
Enjoy 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.
These jukeboxes are further distInguished by a complete title strip assembly which displays all the selections at once, organised by musical styles. 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, to see in detail the process involved see our blog post.
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!
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.
Since 2019 The Games Room Company has been the owner of Rock-Ola jukeboxes in California, which is one of the most recognised brands in the world, and we’re now the largest retailer of them too. Our CEO, Alexander Walder-Smith, has followed in his father's footsteps and the family have been selling jukeboxes since 1962 so we know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you with any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.
Music and Title Cards Pricing
The charge for vintage records is £15 + VAT per record, this covers most records however some are highly collectable for which we have to pay a premium and are charge at a higher price. The title card service is £150 + VAT.
It is quite an involved process supply records as we buy them in from dealers or collectors, they will only guarantee the "A" side, so often many records do not pass with us because we always supply records with playable "B" sides as well as the "A".
The centres are then cut (big hole centres) which also leads to some breakage as some of the records split due to their age. Finally they are hand washed and then played both "A" and "B" side on a gramophone for sound quality, only then are they fit to go on the Jukebox. The final check is again playing "A" and "B" side as you would hear it on your Jukebox.
It's all about delivering good quality sound for our clients and if you are investing in a vinyl jukebox the standard of the records have to demonstrate the high standard of our restorations.
Please contact us if you are interested in this service.
- Dimensions: (H) 153cm x (W) 76cm x (D) 70cm
- Imperial: (H) 61" x (W) 30" x (D) 27.5"
- Cartridge - Columbia SC-1
- Key - F-592
- Amplifier - 33320 Nova
- Fully restored to grade A1 condition, inside and out
- Capacity: 60 45rpm records (120 selections)
- Full view mechanism
- A very rare machine
- Features 2 speakers
- Year of release: 1959
- Made in USA