Tell Your Story….
Our   story   starts   way   back   in   1995   when   one   of   my   customers   mentioned   in   conversation that   he   had   been   to   view   a   forthcoming   Phillips   auction   in   London.   The   catalogue description   was   for   mechanical   music,   cameras   and   other   apparatus   to   be   auctioned, and   there   were   a   couple   of   Jukeboxes   amongst   the   lots,   one   of   which   was   a   Jack   Hylton Music   Maker.   I   had   seen   a   picture   of   the   Music   Maker   in   one   of   the   books   on   Jukebox history and I knew it was the first of its kind, so I decided to have a crack at LOT125.
From the archives of Tony Holmes / Photos Courtesy of Tony Holmes The Jack Hylton Music Maker LOT 125
I    got    the    machine    back    to    my    workshops    in    Sheffield    where    I    took    a    few photographs,   but   then   it   got   moth-balled   and   put   into   storage   for   as   they   say….     for      a   rainy   day.   During   the   next   few   years   I   was   able   to   do   some   further   research as   I   was   writing   for   Jukebox   Collector   magazines,   and   came   into   contact   with   a lot   of   other   enthusiasts   and   some   interesting   long   lost   material,   and   the   story   of how the Music Maker was born started to emerge.
A   chap   called   Adrian   Horn   was   writing   a   book   called   JUKE   BOX   BRITAIN   and   he had   access   to   the   Jack   Hylton   archive   which   is   held   at   Lancaster   University   so   a lot   more   detail   was   forthcoming   as   to   how   the   machine   came   to   be   built.   There are   details   about   Jack   Hylton   and   the   Ditchburn   connection   elsewhere   on   this site   so   I   intend   to   document   the   restoration   of   LOT   125   with   lots   of   photographs showing all the stages.
We   move   on   now   about   20   years,   the   machine   has   been   moved   to   my   home   and is   still   mothballed   in   the   garage,   by   this   time   I   have   retired   and   sold   my   business so   no   excuse   now?   You   may   have   noticed   in   the   original   auction   listing   that   the Hylton   came   minus   its   speaker   and   worst   of   all   the   original   amplifier   Well   during this   20   year   gap,   I   had   acquired   the   proper   amplifier   and   had   it   safely   stored away.
In    my    research    I    discovered    that    the    initial contract     with     Hawtin’s     was     to     make     300 machines   the   serial   number   on   mine   is   488   so   i am   not   sure   how   significant   that   is.   What   I   did not   know   until   recently   was   that   Hawtin’s   only made   the   machine   for   about   a   year   and   also had    started    development    of    a    MK2    version although   it   is   not   clear   if   the   MK2   ever   got   past the    prototype    stage,    the    only    image    of    this version   is   an   artists   impression   of   what   it   was to   look   like,   there   is   also   a   newspaper   report about   a   trade   show   that   states   both   models   i.e MK1   and   MK2   were   displayed   together   on   the stand.   Editors   Note:   We   do   have   this   picture (Left)   of   a   MK2   console   baring   the   Jack   Hylton name,   this   photo   was   published   11th   Feb   1946 with   Jack   Hylton   and   Arthur   Askey   at   its   side,   It was   taken   at   an   amusements      trade   exhibition, but    this    is    the    only    known    photo    of    a    MK2 during this time, that we are currently aware of.
The   whole   design   tooling,   and   manufacturing   equipment   was sold   to   Ditchburn,   who   as   far   as   I   know   went   straight   into making    their    version    of    the    MK2,    which    used    the    same mechanism   and   sound   system   as   the   Jack   Hylton   MK1   with their   version   of   the   new   cabinet.   They   also   took   the   existing MK1   machines   and   transferred   the   works   etc   to   the   new cabinets   and   at   some   point   they   changed   amplifier   design and   manufacturer   to   BTH.   At   about   this   time   I   wrote   to   the local   Blackpool   newspaper   to   tell   them   about   the   Jack   Hylton and   they   ran   an   article   with   pictures   asking   if   anyone   who worked   for   Hawtin’s   could   remember   making   the   jukeboxes this   was   back   in   July   2014   but   unfortunately   nothing   came   of it    So    2014    was    when    I    decided    it    was    time    to    start    the restoration.                                                              Tony Holmes
To Be Continued…..
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 how he acquired his only known surviving Jack Hylton Music Maker MK1 Jukebox.
 How I Acquired the Jack Hylton MK1.     By Tony Holmes
2. Posted 08-07-18