Location: Bailey, CO
Symptoms: Needed adjusting and tuning, front door grill repair, broken bubble tube
This jukebox is a beauty, with a wonderful patina that I don’t see very often because it still had its original plastics and the original chrome has worn off most of the metal. Most jukeboxes of this vintage have had their plastics replaced and their metal re-chromed. My initial instinct was to replace the plastics and make it look like new. But the old plastics with their muted transparency really grew on me. Besides, it doesn’t look like anyone is still making reproduction plastics for this model.
And because the German Wurlitzer company recently made reproductions, the patina sets this one apart.
On to the repairs…
There were a lot of small problems with the mechanism because it was gummed up. It looked like the mech was cleaned sometime in the 1990’s so there wasn’t a ton of old grease. It just needed some fresh lube. It also needed some adjustments as the turntable wasn’t lifting high enough and it wasn’t tripping correctly at the end of the records.
The amp didn’t sound good, but it turned out the needle wasn’t seated into the cartridge correctly.
Some of the wiring in the switch junction box wasn’t looking safe, so I rewired it. Some of it previously had been bypassed.
The left bubble tube was broken due to a blow to the lower grill castings of the jukebox, probably during moving. Unfortunately it broke the threaded anchor points for the screws in the castings. I removed the grill castings and used some metal epoxy to attach some new standoffs and reinforce one that was remaining.
The speaker bushings were replaced with new ones, as the old rubber bushings were brittle and broken.
Everything was looking, sounding and working pretty well when it was done. The repairs were performed over the course of a couple of months.
You have a nice 850 there.
I’m restoring one now. Its going well with lots of enjoyment.
Can you tell me what the chances are that I will find the middle castings on the out side of the cabinet. I have the upper and lower but no middle.
If there reproducing the 850 is there any chance of getting a new set.
Thanks for any help.
Larry from London Ontario Canada
I would be cautious in thinking that the new 850 reproduction jukeboxes use the same castings. I don’t know.
There’s currently a listing for some 850 castings on E-bay. Also, you should check with Victory Glass.