Juke Box Restorations (1)
Jack Hylton Music Maker Mk1 By Tony Holmes
Tony Holmes, is a well respected authority on all things Juke box, he was the the original proprietor of the well known UK company “The Juke Joint”, Tony is a legend among UK jukebox collectors, he has been restoring, repairing and writing about classic jukeboxes since the 1970's. and we welcome him to the Ditchburn Project to discuss and share the restoration of his only known surviving Jack Hylton Music Maker MK1 Jukebox.
in 2014 The Condition is still the same as when I bought it 19 years earlier.
Tony had bought the machine from an auction in London 19 years previously and it had sat in storage until 2014, this is where we join Tony for the start of the restoration.                                                     All the Photos below are Courtesy of Tony Holmes
Un-restored Front Panel
Un-restored internal mechanism (rear view)
 Illuminated right front panel
Badly painted side panels
Rear ventilation panels
Main   issue   here   was   the   yellow   on   the side   panels,   it   was   fairly   obvious   that this   was   not   the   original   colour,   plus   it had   been   painted   over   with   what   looked like   a   piece   of   wet   toast The   only   picture that   has   ever   shown   up   of   an   original Jack   Hylton   is   the   one   from   the   Hawtins catalogue,   and   that   of   course   is   in   black and white.
The   panels   had   to   come   out   and   out   they came    to    reveal    that    they    were    actually originally     red.     They     were     made     from aluminium   sheet   which   upon   inspection   had started   to   corrode   the   way   aluminium   does ,they   were   blistered   and   powdering   and   so   I decided   to   replace   the   lot   with   new   plastic colour   matched   sheets.   some   may   frown   on this   decision   but   these   sheets   were   backed inside    with    asbestos    padded    panels    to prevent   vibration   and   they   definitely   had   to go   I   have   retained   all   the   yellow   daubed panels for reference.
So   the   tear   down   has   begun,   everything   out…   plastics,   wiring,   the   lot.   Reference   has   been   made in   some   of   the   history   notes   that   the   main   cabinet   frames   were   made   from   military   packing   cases, in   particular American   Oak   This         is   born   out   by   the   fact   there   are   no   sections   in   the   entire   cabinet that are more than 6 inches wide even the bottom of the cabinet floor is planked.
Note   here   the   number   488   on   parts   of   the   frame   this   is hand   written   on   several   sections,   it   is   also   stamped   into the woodwork.
some of the joints needed to be re-glued the machine does not have wheels/castors…
The outer plastics removed.
Some of the joinery work is superb.
The   internal   coating   of   traditional   Hawtin’s   /   Ditchburn   Green,   it   seems no   machine   left   the   factories   without   some   form   of   green   inside   them, usually   on   the   frame   and   control   box,   and   this   was   also   the   reasoning behind the colours used on this website. 
The  new red side panels and original plastics are re-fitted back into the case.
The      re-painted   vent   panels,   the   re-finished   back   doors,   are   re-fitted   to the back of the case. and the front speaker grill is also fixed into place.
Next the Amplifier, controls section and record playing mechanism.
The  Front View.
The  Rear View.
THE AMPLIFIER This   was   manufactured   by   the   Magneta   Time   Company of    Leatherhead    Surrey,    It    is    my    understanding    that these   were   the   first   amplifiers   used   in   the   Jack   Hylton MK1    and    that    some    made    there    way    into    the    MK2 model   when   they   were   converted   over   by   Ditchburn who   then   went   on   to   use   amplifiers   made   for   them   by BTH,   although   its   possible   that   this   was   the   other   way around.     Magneta     Time     was     still     in     business     in Leatherhead    until    the    late    seventies    they    were    a division   of   GOBLIN   and   specialised   in   PA   systems   for factories among other things.
Inside the “green” side control box.
The    side    control    box,    interfaced    with    the credit     unit,     the     playing     mechanism,     and switched   the   valve   amplifier   out   of   standby mode  when a record was selected.
The above parts were transferred to the MK2 models and then the MK2R as well.
The Wurlitzer 16 selection playing mechanism was restored
The   lighting   set   for   the   internal   illumination.   the   lighting loom   consisting   of   cloth   covered   twisted   flex   and   standard bayonet lamp holders.
The Pick up is arm now converted to Astatic 51 these arms did not make it to the MK2 models
Title   board   with   new   inserts,   A   new   title   design   software programme   was   written   for   me   by   John   Smout   to   print   the titles, these are on four cards with four titles on each.
A   BIG   thank   you   to   Tony   Holmes   for   sharing   this   insight to   the   restoration   of   a   rare   and   previously   little   known about   jukebox,   and   hopefully   we   can   keep   the   history   of these     wonderful     British     machines     alive     for     many generations to come.
Click on YouTube video below to see the MK 1 in action
 Illuminated coin entry taking 3d
Complete Un-restored Jukebox
Bottom side panel
Sanded down and ready for staining.
Windows ready for cleaning and polishing.
The internal lamp wiring.