The Seeburg Model 148 (1948 model year, hence the "148"), also commonly referred to as the "Trashcan" and in later years the "R2D2" jukebox, stands out in a long line of unique jukeboxes from the 1930's and 1940's. Made in 1948, and in FULL operating condition, this model 148 is in excellent working order, and ready for use and display! Be sure to watch the video of it in action at the bottom of this page.
What is included in this sale:
* 1948 148-ML Seeburg JukeBox
* Plays 20 45rpm selections (discs included in sale - listed below)
* Full 200 page service manual (reprint) detailing EVERY part of this machine with full fold out diagrams.
* Set of Original "Seeburg" branded keys
* Print copy of the original design patent dated May 4th, 1946
The Jukebox plays and works beautifully - be sure to look at all the pictures in detail and watch the video. It has been VERY well maintained over it's lifetime. It has not been restored, and is all original, but that is not to say it needs to be restored at all - it's in excellent condition! I cannot say enough about how well this machine has been maintained!
Chrome Trim: All the chrome is bright and shiny, but several pieces do have some slight pitting underneath the surface.
Mirrored Glass front: 100% perfect, and includes several extra squares for replacement if needed.
Paint on door: Excellent
Main Body Paint: Shows wear where it is normal to see on these machines - right around the song selector buttons. Comes from 60+ years of hands leaning on it and rubbing of a bit of the paint. Even on a fully restored machine, these wear marks are sometimes left, as it is near impossible to repaint the wood grain pattern to match the original without it being as noticeable as the wear patterns (or even more noticeable in some cases I've seen). As you can see from the photos, the wear pattern is very minimal and does nothing to detract from the beauty of the machine. On the right side top of the body, near the rim for the lid, there are 2 small dents and a scratch mark on the painted surface. Down and to the right, there is a horizontal scratch (can be seen in the photos).
Exterior Plastic: All in near perfect condition! No cracks or marks on the song selector buttons. Slight crack in the small plastic piece that covers the word "coin".
Lights/Electrical: All in full working order
Sound System: Amplifier works great - no hum from the tube amplifier. Volume control works great, and can be set very loud! 2nd Remote Amplifier: I assume the secondary remote amplifier is also in working order, but do not have any remote control mechanisms or speakers to test.
Record Changer & player: All in perfect working order
Coin Op Mechanism: In full working order, and currently set to where dropping in a nickle (1 play), dime (2 plays), or quarter (5 plays) is optional, and not required to play (the credit counter is currently set to stop from going from 1 credit to fully zero)
1. "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" - Johnny Maddox
2. "A Carnival in Venice" - Mills Brothers
3. "Chicken Train Stomp" - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
4. "Don't Be Angry" - The Crew Cuts
5. Music from "Gigi" - David Rose
6. Love Song from "Houseboat"
7. "I'll Be Home" - Pat Boone
8. "The 'In' Crowd" - Ramsey Lewis Trio
9. "In the Mood" - Glen Miller and His Orchestra
10. "Just a Little Lovin'" - Eddie Fisher
11. "Make the World Go Away" - Eddy Arnold
12. "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh" - Crazy Otto
13. "Over the Rainbow" - Judy Garland
14. "Rock-a-bye Your Baby" - Jerry Lewis
15. "Royal Blue" - Bill Black's Combo
16. "The Skater's Waltz" - International Concert Orchestra
17. "Tijuana Taxi" - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
18. "Why Wait" - Perez Prado and Orchestra
19. "Wildflower" - Ray Edenton
20. "William Tell Overture" - Glen Campbell
That covers just about everything, and the pictures and video should show the rest. If you have any questions, or need additional pictures or video to clarify any details, please do not hesitate to ask! We've done our best to go though the machine in detail and list any imperfections, but please feel free to ask for additional details.
Seeburg first made the very similar 146 model in 1946 featuring a wood body. The 1947 version, model 147, featured an aluminum body that was painted a dark wood grain color. The 1948 version, surprisingly identified as the model 148, also had an aluminum body but was painted a light blond wood grain. It also has a rippled white dome top. They all played 20 selections of 78 records.
A bit of Wikipedia historical context:
Automated musical equipment, such as coin-operated phonographs and orchestrions, were manufactured under the JP Seeburg and Company name for most of its early years. Until 1956, the company was family-owned. The company was founded by Justus Sjöberg from Gothenburg, Sweden. He moved to the United States after graduating from Chalmers and used an Americanized spelling of his name for the company. In the late 1940s, Seeburg manufactured its popular and distinctive "trashcan-shaped" series of jukeboxes.
When they first began to make jukeboxes, the 78 rpm record was standard and only a few selections could be played on one machine. This changed with the Seeburg model M100A which could play 50 records front and back for a total of 100 selections, an unheard of variety at the time. In 1950, Seeburg introduced with the first commercial jukebox designed to play the (then) new 45rpm records. They later increased the number of records from 50 to 80 and 100 per machine. The classic M100C is featured during the opening of the "Happy Days" comedy television series