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Posted 03-03-19 The   updates   are   a   bit   behind   at   the   moment   due   to   work   commitments   and   life   things,   but   hoping   to   get   back   to   schedule soon,   lots   has   been   happening   behind   the   scenes   over   the   last   couple   of   weeks,   i   went   to   Terra   Technica   in   the   Czech republic   for   a   long   weekend   and   had   a   wonderful   time,   i   will   publish   a   full   review   with   photos   of   my   trip   soon   ,   whilst   there   i picked   up   a   copy   of   the   German   Jukebox      magazine   called   “Die   Musikbox   das   magazin”   my   attention   was   drawn   to   it because   of   the   Tonomat   Panoramic   on   the   front   cover,   although   the   text   was   in   German   i   noticed   the   name   Norman Ditchburn   on   the   front   cover   also,   so   was   even   more   intrigued   to   find   out   the   story   inside…      so   much   that   i   decided   to translate   the   article.   Considering   my   knowledge   of   German   is   zero,   i   knew   this   would   take   some   time,   but   with   the   wonderful internet   technology   of   online   translators,   i   managed   to   translate   the   article   over   a   three   day   period,   and   I’m   so   glad   i   did   as   it told   the   story   about   the   Tonomat   and   Ditchburn   connection,   Last   week   i   was   granted   permission   by   the   Author,   Felix   de Cuveland,   to   publish   the   translated   article   on   this   website,   so   it   is   with   great   pleasure   to   give   you   the   story   of   Tonomat     Jukeboxes: Fast Rise, Sudden Fall… Click here to View the article     Also   last   week   i   had   a   visit   from Arthur   Phillips   (   Ditchburn’s   Chief Audio   engineer   )   to   my   home,   for   a   coffee   and   a   chat,   well 3   hours   later   we   were   still   chatting   and   talking   all   things   Ditchburn,   and   a   fascinating   time   it   was…   we   came   to   the   conclusion that   there   are   still   big   gaps   in   the   history   of   Ditchburn   from   1947   to   1955   that   i   need   to   investigate,   but Arthur   has   kindly   given me   some   pointers   and   interesting   stories   that   will   help   with   this   investigation,   i   must   say   i   had   a   very   enjoyable   time   talking   to Arthur. on   the   same   day   i   had   an   Email   from   Ken Adams   who   was   the   sales   manager   of   the   Vending   division   at   Dock   Road,   I   have added Kens story to the message board on the Tell Your Story Page here   posted 10-02-19 Today   I   have   great   pleasure   in   presenting   to   you   Sutty’s   Story   in   the   Tell   your   Story   Section,   Stewart   “Sutty”   Sutton,   was mentioned   in   Arthur   Phillips   account   of   his   working   days   at   Ditchburn,   although   Sutty   and   Arthur   worked   in   different departments,   Sutty   contacted   us   after   reading   the   website   and   told   us   he   would   write   a   autobiography   of   his   time   at Ditchburn,   Sutty’s   Story   is   a   fascinating   and   Humorous   tale   (   i   was   laughing   out   loud   on   many   occasions   reading   it   )   of   his working   days   at   Ditchburn   and   a   very   informative   insight   to   working   in   a   factory   during   the   1950s   -   60s,   To   Enjoy   this wonderful story CLICK HERE We   have   also   have      4   new   sections   in   the   “Ditchburn   in   Print”   area,   Firstly   articles   featuring   Ditchburn   Jukeboxes   that   were published   in   the   Jukebox   Journal   Magazine   with   kind   permission   from   Ian   Brown,   second   section   is   a   review   from   a   1994 Record   Machine   Magazine   of   the   Ditchburn   Music   Maker   T200,   Thirdly   we   have   an   article   from   the   1955   edition   of   New Musical   Express   discussing   the   Ditchburn   Jukebox   Boom   In   the   UK,   and   Lastly   Tony   Holmes   sent   us   a   few   various   unseen Ditchburn   related   articles   from   worlds   Fair,   so   i   felt   it   only   correct   that   Tony   should   have   his   own   area   to   display   these wonderful articles. To View these sections CLICK HERE And   our   final   addition   is   a   new   Downloads   Section,   were   you   can   download   Service   Manuals,   Electrical   Diagrams,      Parts Brochures and much much more To Visit the DOWNLOAD section CLICK HERE posted 19-01-19 Some   of   the   regular   readers   here   may   have   noticed   a   new   picture   on   the   website   home   page,   the   artwork   is   of   a   early   Mk2 machine,   this   comes   from   a   brochure   kindly   sent   to   us   by   Tony   Holmes,   it   is   one   of   the   finest   examples   of   Hawtin’s   / Ditchburn   advertising   artwork   we   have   seen,   so   it   would   be   an   insult   not   to   display   it   on   our   home   page,   again   its   another historical   piece   of   artwork   that   opens   up   more   questions   regarding   the   Hylton   /   Hawtin’s   /   Ditchburn   relationship,   as   the brochure   was   produced   for   Hawtin’s   of   Blackpool   between   1946   and   1947,   but   there   are   no   Jack   Hylton   references   to   be found   in   the   brochure,   and   Jack   Hylton’s   name   has   been   removed   from   the   Jukebox,   the   rear   cover   has   been   amended   by Ditchburn   with   the   Hawtin’s   name   crossed   out   and   rubber   stamped   with   Ditchburn   Equipment.      so   it   can   be   assumed   that Hawtin’s severed any business ties with Hylton at this time, please view this amazing and historical sales brochure here posted 06-01-19 Its   Sunday   evening   and   there’s   nothing   like   finishing   the   week   off   by   watching   a   movie   or   two,   so   get   your   popcorn,   sit   back and   watch   the   latest   releases   …   and   first   up   are   a   couple   of   fantastic   videos   kindly   sent   to   us   by   Tony   Norris   of   his   beautiful 1960 Ditchburn Music maker Teleramic.  Click here to view the Teleramic Videos Our   next   Videos   for   your   enjoyment   feature   The   Jack   Hylton   MK1   from   Tony   Holmes      the   first   shows   the   machine   being tested before reassembly and the second has a country flavour. Click here to view the The Jack Hylton Videos posted 05-01-19 Today   i   have   added   the   second   and   final   part   of   my   restoration   of   my   Ditchburn   MK2R   Jukebox,   including   some   videos   as well, it now gets played every day when I’m at home. check out the MK2R restoration HERE   posted 04-01-19 I   mentioned   on   the   28th   of   January   that   i   was   going   on   a   very   Ditchburn   related   road   trip   last   week,   well   i   took   a   trip   down   to Devon   and   returned   home   to   Lytham   with   a   Ditchburn   Mk2   Jukebox   that   needs   restoration.   I   have   added   some   photos   in   the tell your story section … Read about my road trip and the Jukebox here.   posted 03-01-19 A   very   happy   new   year   to   all   our   readers   and   contributors   at   the   Ditchburn   website.   the   website   started   in   March   2018   and has   grown   rapidly   in   a   very   short   space   of   time   and   is   still   growing,   i   still   have   a   folder   of   items   that   need   to   be   added   to   the website   and   areas   including   vending   etc.   to   be   completed.   i   have   added   two   vital   pieces   of   documentation   today,   the electrical   wiring   diagrams   for   the   Jack   Hylton   MK1   and   the   Ditchburn   MK2   Jukeboxes.   these   diagrams      can   be   found   in   the jukebox sections here Hylton MK1  and here Ditchburn MK2  they can both be downloaded in PDF format if required. posted 31-12-18 And   Finally   before   we   ring   in   the   New   Year,   I   would   Like   to   thank Arthur   Phillips,   Tony   Holmes,   Freddy   Bailey,   and   everyone else who has contributed to the Ditchburn website, your help has made this website far bigger than i ever imagined.  Lets welcome 2019 with a new tune from Tony Holmes fantastic  Mk 1 Jack Hylton Jukebox watch it here Another Update before the end of 2018, Christine Sands sent us a picture of her Music Maker T200  View Here   And   this   is   a   HUGE   update   to   end   the   year   on,   Whilst   searching   through   the   Internet      recently   i   came   across   a   photo   of   a very   nice   example   of      a   MK2   Music   maker   that   was   on   display   at   the   Terra   Technica   Museum   in   the   Excalibur   City   complex, in   Chvalovice   -   Czech   Republic.   the   Museum   has   one   of   the   biggest   Jukebox   displays   in   the   world   (   if   not   the   biggest   ) instantly   i   decided   i   needed   to   visit      this   amazing   place      and   booked   a   flight   for   February   2019   for   a   birthday   treat   for   myself.   I contacted   Gábor   Varga   at   Terra   Technica   and   asked   permission   if   i   could   use   the   photo   of   the   MK2   on   this   website,   well   it was   a   wonderful   surprise   when   they   sent   me   a   tour   of   the   museum   and   also   some   detailed   inside   and   out   custom   shots   of the   Ditchburn   MK2   on   display.      I   have   added   some   photos   to   the   MK2   jukebox   page,   but   the   full   album   of   Terra   Technica including the inside and out MK2 photos has been added to a page on the “Tell Your Story” Section Click here to view   posted 30-12-18 Just   squeezing   another   update   or   2   in   before   the   new   year,   added   to   the   History   section   2 Arial   photos   taken   of   the   Ditchburn factory on Dock Road, these were kindly sent to us by David Hoyle of the Lythams Past face book page. View Here   Also   Added   today   is   a   photo   sent   to   us   by   Brian   Freeman,   the   brother   of   Chris   freeman   who   sadly   passed   away   recently, Chris   Worked   at   the   Ditchburn   Watford   depot   and   serviced   the   machines   in   the   south   of   the   UK,   his   company   transport   was   a     pick-up truck, Brian told us that Chris taught his brother to drive in this very truck  View Here   posted 29-12-18 Just   when   one   update   happens   another   comes   along   at   the   same   time,   this   one   is   quite   an   important   one   and   was   sent   to me   by   Arthur   Phillips,   and   this   new   addition   to   the   History   section   shows   the   number   of   Jukeboxes   that   were   imported, distributed   and   operated   by   Ditchburn   from   1955   to   1973,   Ditchburn   operated   a   large   range   of   manufacturers   over   that period,   and   from   the   figures   kept   by Arthur,   a   pattern   becomes      quite   obvious   that   Geoffrey   Ditchburn   liked   to   purchase   and import   around   8   units   of   each   model   every   month   and   this   pattern   continued   through   out   the   years   until   Ditchburn   was   sold.     See this latest update here posted 28-12-18 It’s   been   a   while   since   the   last   Ditchburn   update,   I   apologise   for   the   lack   of   articles   but   i   have   had   a   lot   of   life   changing   things happen   recently   (   all   good   things   though   )   and   this   has   kept   me   away   from   my   computer,   but   there   is   still   lots   happening   in the   wonderful   world   of   Ditchburn,   I   still   have   many   updates   to   complete   and   articles   to   add,   so   I’m   hoping   to   be   doing   this over   the   next   week   and   the   new   year,   I’m   on   a   bit   of   a   road   trip   the   next   few   days   which   is   “Very   Ditchburn”   related,   so   more about   that   when   i   return   later   in   the   week.   i   have   opened   two   new   sections   in   the   PEOPLE   area,   the   first   is   the   Jack   Hylton page,   rather   than   write   a   whole   new   section   on   the   life   of   Jack,   i   decided   that   as   Historian,   composer   and   conductor      Pete Faint has produced a fantastic book and website dedicated to Jack Hylton, i felt it would be better to let Pete tell the story, To Visit The Jack Hylton Page Please Click Here . Also i have added The Hawtins Section on the People area, there is a great website looking at the machines that Percy and Frank produced over the years, this has been written in conjunction with Simon Hawtin, who is Percy’s grandson. To Visit The Hawtin Page Please Click Here  More updates coming soon…. posted 24-11-18  Hello Again, we have added a YouTube clip featuring a Ditchburn Tonomat 200 view here   posted 23-11-18 update 1 Hello to all here at planet Ditchburn… I am now back in the UK so i have started uploading the first of many updates.. this   first   update   is   quite   a   controversial   one,   most   of   the   research   i   have   done   for   this   website   has   been   via   newspaper cuttings   etc…   and   after   speaking   to   both Arthur   Philips   and   Chris   Freeman   who   both   worked   at   Ditchburn,(   at   different   times and   they   did   not   know   each   other   )      they   both   told   me   that   the   Jack   Hylton   Jukebox   years   were   very   different   to   what   was published   in   the   press,   the   early   days   of   the   Music   Maker   was   not   exactly   how   the   press   portrayed   it.   enjoy   reading      The Alternative History of Ditchburn Posted  08-11-18 Hello   all,   It   is   with   great   sadness   to   announce   the   passing   of   Chris   Freeman,   I   am   deeply   shocked   as   I   only   met   Chris   for   the first   time   a   week   or   so   ago   at   the   Chessington   Jukebox   show,   and   he   was   full   of   life   and   full   of   enthusiasm   of   this   website   as he   had   worked   for   Ditchburn   at   their   London   Watford   Depot   until   1963,   Chris   has   worked   with   Jukeboxes   for   most   of   his   life and   said   to   me   last   week   that   he   was   still   actively   involved   in   Jukebox   restoration,   after   talking   with   him   for   over   40   minutes   i felt   i   had   known   him   all   my   life,   he   came   across   a   a   warm   and   well   respected   Jukebox   expert.   a   very   sad   loss.   I   would   like   to thank   Lewis   Dilaway   for   contacting   me   regarding   Chris.   sorry   all   for   the   limited   updates   by   I’m   currently   on   holiday   in   the Philippines and i am having trouble updating the website server. Posted  28-10-18 Hello   folks   and   welcome   to   another   update   to   the   Ditchburn   project,   sorry   if   there   has   been   a   bit   of   a   gap   since   the   last   one, but   i   have   been   very   busy   with   my   day   job,   and   also   this   weekend   i   drove   to   London   to   visit   the   Jukebox   and   Retro   Fair    at Chessington.   the   fair   was   superb,   and   allowed   me   to   purchase   many   7”   singles   for   my   Jukebox   many   of   them   only   50p   each, great   bargains   to   be   had   there,   there   was   also   a   great   selection   of   Jukeboxes   on   display   and   for   sale,   some   really   good prices   on   some   of   them,   I   noticed   that   a   lot   of   the   show   prices   were   far   cheaper   than   found   on   Ebay,   so   it   was   a   good   place to grab a bargain, unfortunately no Ditchburn machines on offer, but there are very few out there for sale now. I   did   manage   to   spend   most   of   my   time   at   the   show   talking   to   people   about   Ditchburn,   thanks   to   everyone   who   put   up   with me   and   my   Ditchburn   Chat,   the   highlights   for   me   were   talking   to   Chris   Black   the   MD   of   UK   jukebox   manufacturer   Sound Leisure,   who   told   me   his   father   worked   at   Ditchburn   back   in   the   day,   Sound   Leisure   had   a   new   Jukebox   on   display   that played   LPs,   the   mechanism   was   quite   impressive.   I   also   had   a   chat   with   Chris   Freeman,   who   worked   for   Ditchburn   until 1963,   he   was   based   at   the   Watford   depot,   he   informed   me   that   Ditchburn   had   5   depots   around   the   UK   for   Juke   box   servicing, they   also   carried   out   machine   refurbishments   at   these   depots   as   well,      he   has   promised   me   some   photos   from   back   in   the day,   he   also   had   some   great   Ditchburn   stories   as   well   so   hopefully   we   will   feature   these   on   the   website   soon,      hopefully   he will   be   in   touch   soon   with   some   great   additions   to   the   project.   the   depots   are   another   subject   that   i   would   like   to   cover   on   the website,   there   were   many   support   engineers   and   money   collectors   that   were   based   at   the   local   depots,   it   would   be   great   to feature this as part of Ditchburn Project as well. One   of   the   vendors   at   the   show   was   the   Jukebox   Gallery    who   are   based   in   the   Netherlands,   they   had   a   great   selection   of machines   on   show,   i   spoke   with   Corwin   Bierlaagh   on   their   stand,   he   told   me   that   he   has   a   restored   MK2   Music   Maker   that   is for   sale   via   their   website,   it   is   a   beautiful   specimen   of   a   machine   that   has   been   extensively   restored   ,   it   also   has   a   price   tag   to match   the   amount   of   work   that   has   gone   into   it,      I   may   have   to   sell   a   few   limbs   before   i   can   afford   it,   but   anyone   out   there   that has   a   few   quid   to   spare   you   can   check   out   the   Ditchburn   Mk2   for   sale   here       Corwin   has   kindly   allowed   me   to   feature   this Jukebox on this website, see the photos in the Mk2 Jukebox section here . Paul   Latham   contacted   us,   he   is   a   record   collector   and   he   has   all   the   UK   releases   on   the   Domino   record   Label,   he   also informed   me   about   the   Spiral   Record   label   that   was   also   owned   by   Ditchburn,   this   Label   started   in   1971      and   ran   until   1973. Paul   has   all   the   releases      that   were   issued   on   the   Spiral   Label   also   and   has   sent   me   the   Back   Catalogue   list   of   these releases,   Ditchburn   used   the   name   Music   Maker   Ltd   to   produce   these   records,   the   style   was   more   contemporary   rather   the than the Pub sing-along style of the Domino Label. check out the Spiral releases here. We   also   have   lots   of   other   things   coming   up   soon,   i   still   have   a   quite   a   few   interesting   articles   from Arthur   Phillips   to   complete and   add   to   the   website,   i   also   have   some   photos   from   the   Lytham’s   past   group   to   add,   showing   Dock   Road   in   all   its   glory. plus   lots,   lots   more.   I   am   starting   my   annual   holiday   in   a   weeks   time,   the   most   of   which   will   hopefully   be   spent   getting   the website up to date. Check the what’s new section again soon folks for more of the latest updates and Ditchburn News,  all the best …. Karl   Posted  17-10-18 Hello   fellow   Ditchburner’s   ….   tonight   we   have   added   a   new   area   in   the   History   section,   this   covers   the   history   of   the company   from   1955   to   1973,   and   will   contain   information   on   the   Ditchburn   products   produced   during   this   period   including, Jukeboxes,   Background   Music   systems,   and   vending   machines.   to   start   the   section   off   we   have   an   article   from Arthur   Phillips which looks at the importing and maintaining  of the Tonomat Jukeboxes from Germany, Click Here to view the article Posted  15-10-18 Good   day   to   you   all,   sorry   for   the   short   gap   between   posts,   but   been   a   busy   time   here   in   Ditchburn   Land,   I   spent   the weekend   at   my   sons   wedding   in   York,   which   i   have   not   visited   for   many   years,   it   certainly   is   a   city   full   of   history   and   i   can highly   recommend   a   visit.      Back   to   Ditchburn   news…      Firstly   we   have   added   the   Red   Domino   Label   info   to   Arthur   Phillips Domino   Records   section .   Arthur   has   lots   more   articles   and   information   that   we   are   going   to   publish   over   the   next   2   weeks along   with   info   on   the   Ditchburn   Background   Music   systems.   and   also   production   numbers   of   the   later   Ditchburn   Jukeboxes, Whilst   searching   for   all   things   Ditchburn   i   came   across   a   photo   of   a   Music   maker   MK2   that   is   in   a   museum   in   the   Czech Republic,   it   looks   like   one   of   the   best   restorations   i   have   seen   and   sure   is   beautiful,   i   clicked   on   the   link   to   the   museum,     which   is   called   Terra   Technica ,   and   what   opened   before   me   i   could   not   believe,   an   absolutely   amazing   place   and   caters   for both   the   Jukebox   and   Pinball   enthusiast,   of   which   i   am   ….   and   its   HUGE…      I   contacted   them   regarding   some   photos   and info   of   the   MK2   and   they   kindly   said   they   would   get   me   some   photos   for   the   Ditchburn   website,   but   i   could   not   just   leave   it there   …   i   was   totally   intrigued   by   this   place   …   so   i   decided   that   as   a   birthday   treat   for   myself   i   would   take   a   trip   to   Terra Technica    in   February   2019,   Ryan-air   have   direct   flights   from   Stansted   UK   to   Brno   Airport   which   is   about   1   hour   drive   to   the site,   there   are   hotels   next   to   Terra   Technica   also   …   it   is   also   part   of   the   Excalibur   City   Complex    so   there   are   many   other things   to   do   whilst   there   including   bars,   restaurants   and   entertainment   for   the   kids.   So   i   have   booked   my   flights   and   hotel   and I’m Looking forward to this amazing trip mainly to see a fine specimen of a Ditchburn MK2. Posted  09-10-18 Hello   again   fellow   Ditchburner’s   ..   Today   i   have   updated   my   restoration   progress   of   my   Ditchburn   Mk2R   music   maker Jukebox , and added a you-tube video of current progress, enjoy folks. Posted  07-10-18 Hello   again,   Today   we   have   added   a   new   page   to   the   History   section,   all   about   the   Domino   Record   Label   and   its   releases ,   I would   like   to   thank   Arthur   Phillips   for   taking   the   time   to   compile   and   send   us   all   the   information   on   this   page.   the   recording studio served both the Jukebox market and also recording the background music for the Symphonaire BGM machines. Posted  06-10-18 Hello   again   From   Ditchburn   Land,   Have   been   doing   lots   of   website   tweaks   and   we   are   updating   the   new   “Message   Board”       if you   have   anything   you   would   like   to   post   on   the   board   send   us   an   email,   Facebook   message.   and   now   you   can   also   contact us using our new message entry box  on the contact us page.   Posted  03-10-18 Hello,   we   have   added   a   “Message   Board”    to   the   “Tell   your   story”   page   for   the   messages   that   we   receive   via   Social   Media, Facebook   and   email,   and   this   helps   keep   the   main   pages   for   larger   articles,   we   are   always   on   the   lookout   for   Machine manuals,   Ditchburn   Sales   Catalogues   and   any   Ditchburn   related   documents,   please   share   them   with   us   and   help   preserve   a little slice of Ditchburn History. we have some more articles from Arthur Phillips coming soon. Posted  03-10-18 Hello   and   a   quick   update   to   yesterdays   post,   i   have   added   a   Photo   of Tom   Greaves ,   to Arthur’s   article..   this   was   sent   to   us   by Philip   Marriott,   Tom   was   Arthur’s   first   boss   at   Ditchburn   and   the   father   of   Philips   wife.   i   have   also   had   a   tidy-up   on   the website,   i   am   currently   moving   most   of      the   Photo   gallery   from   the   History   section      to   the   Juke   Boxes   section   this   makes   the site less fragmented. Posted  02-10-18 Hello   to   our   readers   again,   as   promised   a   couple   of   days   ago,   we   have   an   article   written   by   Arthur   Phillips,   who   started   at Ditchburn   as   an   Electrical   Engineer,   his   story   follows   his   10   year   employment   with   the   company   and   his   journey   through   the ranks and departments to become Ditchburn’s Chief Audio Engineer. Arthur’s   story      is   one   of   the   most   detailed   that   we   have   yet   published   on   this   website   and   gives   a   great   insight   to   working   at the   Lytham   factory,   It   also   details   the   later   years   of   the   Vending   and   Back   Ground   Music   side   of   the   business,   I   have   had many   enjoyable   emails   back   and   forth   this   week,      with Arthur   also   discussing   the   early   years,   most   of   his   recollections   of   this time      come   from   conversations   he   had   with   his   fellow   work   collogues,   information   he   gained   whilst   working   with   Ditchburn, and also directly from  GND (Geoffrey Norman Ditchburn) himself. One   thing   that   has   arisen   from   our   conversations   is   that   what   we   call   the   MK1,   MK2,   MK2R,   etc.   had   a   different   reference within    the    Ditchburn    organisation,    they    would        refer    to    them    internally    as    the    MK1    to    MK6    machines,        and    this    is understandable   especially   as   there   were   a   few   variants   of   the   MK2   fridge,   I   was   hoping   the Arthur   would   be   able   shed   some light   on   the   numbers   of   Juke   boxes   produced   in   the   early   years   but   Arthur   has   given   me   some   information   that   totally changes   what   we   understood   to   be   correct,   More   on   this   in   a   later   article…   Back   To Arthur’s   wonderful   Story   which   I’m   sure you will all enjoy CLICK HERE to view Arthur’s Story. Posted  28-09-18 Hello to our readers,its been a while since my last post, but plenty has been going on behind the curtains, I’m currently off work at the moment due to an illness, but i am trying when i can to do little bits on the restoration of my MK2R Jukebox, the first thing i have done is to complete the Electrical Schematics, these have now been posted in the MK2R section of the website  Click Here to view the MK2R Technical Section   Also to this section i have added more documentation regarding the Acos Pick-ups and Tone arms that were used on the MK2 and MK2R Jukeboxes. We   were   recently   contacted   by Arthur   Phillips, Arthur   was   the   Chief Audio   Engineer   at   the   Ditchburn   Factory,   he   worked   there between   1963   and   1973.   Arthur   is   currently   writing   his   story   of   his   time   at   the   Lytham      Dock   Road   factory,   and   of      his recollections   of   earlier   years   through   conversations   he   had   with   Geoffrey   Norman   Ditchburn   during   his   employment   at   the company,   Arthur   also   was   involved   with   the   vending   side   of   the   business   and   Also   the   Domino   Record   Label   and   recording Studio   that   Ditchburn   set   up   to   supply   records   with   the   Jukeboxes   and   also   to   provide   music   for   the   background   music systems   that   Ditchburn   later   provided.   it   will   be   an   interesting   read   and   will   be   a   great   addition   to   the   “Tell Your   Story”   section on this website. Posted  09-09-18 Hello   again   to   those   following   the   Ditchburn   website   …   for   this   update   Tony   Holmes   has   sent   us   some   photos   from   the   past, firstly two adverts for the MK2R and two photos of the later Music Maker 200s We have been contacted by Suzanne Taylor via our Facebook page  regarding some memories from her mother when working at Ditchburn, we have added this to our Tell Your Story Page. Coming up in October is the “JUKEBOX and RETRO FAIR” at Chessington Community College, this take place on the 27th and 28th of October, I’m hoping to get there all being well work wise, so hopefully I will be able to catch up with a few people. Posted 27-08-18 Welcome   again   to   Ditchburn   Land,   i   must   apologise   firstly   for   my   disappearance   over   the   last   month,   my   day   job   has   had   me away   from   home   installing   some   new   robotic   technology   at   KP   snacks   at Ashby   UK,      putting   our   beloved   Hula   Hoops   snacks in   boxes.   this   is   keeping   me   very   busy   at   the   moment   so   I   have   not   had   time   to   update   the   website   as   much   as   i   would   have wanted,   but   it   doesn’t   mean   things   have   stopped   behind   the   scenes,   lots   of   Ditchburn   things   have   been   happening   and   i have plenty of things to post about Firstly   i   have   added   a   questions   and   answers   section   to   the   “Tell   your   story”   page   During   my   research   for   the   Ditchburn Project   i   have   come   up   against   many   un-answered   questions,   some   have   stemmed   from      tidbits   of   information   people   have given   me,   sometimes   based   on   distant   memories,   some   are   just   dead   ends   with   no   further   information   to   be   currently   found, as   a   writer   for   a   History   project   I   have   be   careful   that   I   don’t   re-write   history   by   publishing   inaccurate   information   or misleading   information,   so   i   have   compiled   a   list   of      questions   that   still   need   answers,   but   more   importantly   i   need   proof   to verify   these   answers,   maybe   a   newspaper   cutting   or   photo   etc   or   at   least   verification   from   multiple   people   that   the   answer   is factual,   as   time   goes   on,   the   list   will   grow,   and   i   will   publish   the   answers   here   with   the   verifications.   If   anyone   can   help   with any   of   the   questions   it   would   be   very   much   appreciated   or   if   anyone   has   a   question   they   would   like   to   add   to   the   list   please email me. see the Question section here . Tony   Holmes   wrote   to   me   recently   to   tell   me   a   rather   sad   story   regarding   a   jukebox   that   he   supplied      many   years   ago   to   the Beatles   story   in   Liverpool.   he   says….   “   About   20   years   ago   I   supplied   this   machine   to   the   Beatles   Story   exhibition   at   the Albert   Dock   Liverpool   when   it   was   being   constructed.   I   visited   the   event   about   a   year   later   and   they   were   using   it   in   a   cafe setting   with   music   playing   through   the   speakers.   This   week   I   went   there   again   and   it’s   still   in   the   complex   but   sadly   it   just stands   against   the   wall   and   it’s   not   connected   or   lit   and   it’s   suffered   vandalism   and   missing   the   telephone   dial”   really   sad   but overall   the   machine   is   restore-able,   maybe   someone   should   contact   them   to   either   offer   a   restoration   or   buy   it   to   restore,   its   a shame that a small slice of jukebox history is being left abandoned … see photo here   As   some   of   you   know   i   have   a   long   term   project   (   its   long   term   as   I’m   hardly   ever   at   home   )   which   is   restoring   my   Ditchburn MK2R   which   is   shown   on   the   front   page   of   this   website,   The   Ditchburn     Amplifier   was   sent   to   Geoff   Young   (   the   Jukeboxman )   for   repair,   one   of   the   main   concerns   for   us,      was   for   the   two   70   year   old   PX4   valves,   as   they   are   currently   £400   each   for NOS   replacements,   the   great   news   was   that   Geoff   tested   the   valves   and   even   though   one   was   a   slightly   unbalanced   (   but not   audibly   weak   ),   they   were   both   pronounced   working…   and   last   week   i   picked   up   the   amp   from   Geoff’s   workshop   in Lincoln…   Geoff   played   some   Vinyl   through   it   and   to   me   it   sounded   fantastic,   it   has   a   beautiful   warm   sound   that   only   the   valve era   can   produce.   a   big   thank   you   to   Geoff   for   his   great   work,   which   included   getting   rid   of   all   them   leaky   electrolyte   caps, slapping   a   couple   of   new   preamp   valves   and   much   more,   but   more   importantly   bringing   the   70   year   old   amplifier   back   to   life again … Thank you. ( visit the Jukeboxman website here  ) One   of   the   discussions   i   have   had   with   Geoff   and Tony   is   about   the   tone   arm   on   my   Jukebox,   when   Ditchburn   brought   out   the MK2   fridge   and   the   MK2R   they   advertised   the   pick-up   as   having   an   everlasting   Stylus,   i   can   assure   you   that   poor   old Norman   would   be   in   court   today   for   false   advertising   if   he   was   still   around…   the   Pick-up   they   used   on   the   MK2   and   MK2R was   the   Acos   GP-20   tone   arm   and   the   HGP-31   crystal   pick-up,   but   due   to   the   fact   that   the   crystals   failed   due   to   humidity damaging   the   crystals   they   were   not   everlasting   and   finding   a   working   one   today   is   like   finding   hens   teeth   …   but   surprisingly on   my   searching   the   internet   i   found   a   tone   arm   and   pick-up   for   sale   in   Russia,   still   brand   new   in   its   70   year   old   retail   box,   the pick-up   is   sealed   in   a   screw   top   tin   so   hopefully   it   will   be   free   from   any   humidity   issues,   it   arrived   at   my   house   this   week,   but   i am yet still to test it, but looks in new condition. Geoff   has   given   me   the   input   option   on   the   amp   between      using   either   the   crystal   or   Magnetic   pick-up,   so   if   the   pick-up   has deteriorated, i can still modify the head for an alternative type of pick-up. ( see photos here )   I have found some exceptional information about the HGP-39 Pick-up during my research so i have added it here HGP-39 PICK-UP And   Finally   for   this   update,   Geoff   Young   sent   me   a   page   from   a   spares   brochure   for   Ditchburn   Jukeboxes,   this   has   info   on the   Wall   Box,   i   have   added   it   to   my   questions   section,   because   after   discussion   with   Geoff,   we   are   still   not   sure   how   this works   as   all   the   early   machines   were   manual   selection   and   you   had   to   push   buttons   or   turn   a   knob   to   make   the   selections, one of the many Ditchburn mysteries yet to be solved   ( see photo here ) Posted 23-07-18 Clive   Mark   has   sent   us   some   additional   photos   of   a   car   badge   that   was   made   for   the   Ditchburn   badge   and   also   some   photos of a set of Ditchburn playing cards . Tony   Holmes   has   also   sent   us   some   great   photos   of   a   pair   of   MK2   Music   makers    and   also   some   photos   of   un-restored   MK2R Music Makers  , now in the photo gallery.  Geoff   Young   (   the   jukebox   man   )   also   sent   us   some   fantastic   photos   of   some   restored   MK2R   Music   Makers    that   he   restored in 1982 Posted 15-07-18 Clive Mark has updated his article on the “Tell your Story” page to include some information on the  Ditchburn Clairtone Stereogram Today we have also added some information regarding the acos tone arm types used in the MK1, MK2 and MK2R technical and Schematics sections. Posted 14-07-18 T oday   is   a   very   special   and   exciting   day   for   me   as   we   have   now   completed,   and   can   finally   publish   the   article   written   by Tony Holmes   following   his   full   restoration   of   the   only   known   surviving   Jack   Hylton   Mk1   Jukebox   made   by   Hawtin’s   in   1946.   the restoration   was   done   in   2014,   and   Tony   photographed   the   whole   process,   (   thankfully   )   and   we   appreciate   the   fact   that   he   is sharing it with this website and with our readers. Enjoy the  Full Restoration of the Jack Hylton MK1 Jukebox by Tony Holmes Posted 13-07-18 T oday   we   have   added   the   Ditchburn   1972   Company   Handbook,   that   was   set   to   us   by   Tony   Holmes,   it   contains   an   amazing amount   of   detail   about   the   humble   beginnings   of   the   company,   and   also   opens   some   more   unanswered   questions,   like   where in   Blackpool   was   the   first   Ditchburn   Factory   before   it   moved   to   Lytham   in   1949,   maybe   Norman   utilised   the   Hawtins   factory   ?, i   need   to   do   some   more   investigation   as   i   cant   find   any   Ditchburn   documents   with   a   Blackpool   Address      See   the   Handbook HERE As you can see from the top of this page my lovely enamelled  Ditchburn Music Maker badge arrived from www.jukeboxparts.co.uk thanks  for the speedy delivery guys. Also today i started reading the book Jukebox Britain By Adrian Horn ( recommended by Tony ) a great book with lots of Ditchburn references. Posted 12-07-18 Hello   Music   Makers,   We   have   added   some   more   photos   to   the   photo   gallery   here    and   we   recently   received   a   request regarding   the   loan   of   a   Mk2   Jukebox   to   the   Blackpool   Museum   Project,   i   have   added   the   request   and   information   about   the project to the Tell Your Story Page . Posted 11-07-18 Hello   Music   Makers,   welcome   to   another   day   in   the   wonderful   world   of   Ditchburn, Today   we   are   proud   to   present   an   fantastic article   by   Tony   Holmes   on   how   he   acquired   the   only   known   surviving   Jack   Hylton   Mk1   Juke   box,   there   is   more   to   follow   on this wonderful machine so watch this space for more updates,  check out the Tony’s article on the Tell Your Story page here   Posted 10-07-18 Lots   and   Lots   happening   behind   the   scenes   tonight   on   the   website,   but   not   much   that   is   is   visible   at   the   moment   …   but   not long,   and   it   will   all   be   out   there   soon…   We   have   added   the   original   Hawtin’s   Sales   sheets   to   the   Mk1   info    and   Mk2   info    pages in   the   Juke   box   section,   this   does   throw   a   few   questions   out   there…   regarding   what   amplifiers   were   fitted   to   the   MK1   …   but as   there   is   also   a   sales   sheet   for   the   MK2   around   this   same   time,   i   think   this   was   in   the   later   stages   of   production   and   just before the business was handed over to Norman Ditchburn… if only… i had a time machine ! Regarding   the   restoration   of   my   Ditchburn Amplifier,   the   bad   news   yesterday   turned   out   not   to   be   quite   as   bad   as   i   thought, Geoff   Young   “the   Jukebox   man”   contacted   me   today   to   say   although   one   of   the   PX4   valves   showed   low   emission   during   the testing   it   has   not   necessarily   failed,   sometimes   they   can   rise   again   when   in   the   correct   electrical   environment,   so   fingers crossed   once   the   little   mite   has   had   a   couple   of   volts   across   its   filaments   for   a   while   it   may   spring   back   into   life…   but   hey… when   your   a   70   year   old   valve   and   not   had   your   bits   tickled   in   a   while   ..   i   guess   it   takes   a   bit   of   foreplay   to   spring   you   back into action Posted 09-07-18 Just   when   you   think   there   is   just   a   little   bit   to   do   on   the   website   …      and   then   its   all   hand   to   the   decks,   but   i   mean   that   in   a really   good   way,   especially   after   the   bad   news   i   had   today,   but   more   of   that   later,   Yes,   this   has   been   one   of   my   busiest evenings   ever,   but   it   has   been   incredibly   good   fun   and   very   satisfying.   Firstly   Tony   Holmes   has   written   an   article   on   how   he acquired   his   MK1   Jukebox,   and   it   is   quite   fascinating,   we   should   be   publishing   that   over   the   next   day   or   so   when   it   is   fully finished,      We   also   had   an   article   from   Clive   Mark   about      his,   and    his   fathers   time   at   the   Dock   Road   factory .    i n   the   Tell   Your Story   section.   we   have   also   added   a   few   photos   to   the   website   as   well.   So   onto   the   bad   news   i   had   today,   I   had   an   Email from   Geoff   Young   “the   Jukebox   man”   who   is   rebuilding   my   Ditchburn   Amp,   on   Saturday   he   took   the   two   PX4   valves   to   a friend   with   a   PX4   tester   to   make   sure   they   are   OK,   unfortunately   the   news   today   is   that   only   one   of   my   PX4   valves   are working,   which   means   that   i   need   to   buy   another   PX4   Valve,   and   as   these   are   quite   scarce   they   don’t   come   cheap…   at   least one   of   them   works..   so   i   guess   it   could   have   been   a   lot   worse   or   at   least   double   worse.   so   until   tomorrow   evening   folks…      Dr Ditchburn Signing off …   Posted 08-07-18 Good   day   to   all   my   Music   Maker   Friends,   This   weekend   has   been   fully   taken   up   with   lots   of   back-end   things   happening   on the   website,   the   Jukeboxes   section   now   have   the   info,   technical,   and   Restoration   pages   added,   although   still   in   the construction   phase   we   will   start   adding   more   content   soon.   we   have   had   some   photos   sent   to   us   by Abigail   Hudlass-Galley   of a    music   maker   Panoramic    that   is   soon   to   be   restored,   we   have   also   added   some   more   photos   sent   to   us   by   Freddy   Bailey   in the   Photo   Gallery,   Coming   soon   in   the   “Tell   Your   Story”   section   is   an   article   from   Tony   Holmes   on   how   he   obtained   the   only known surviving Jack Hylton Music Maker MK1. Posted 07-07-18 Hello   everyone   in   Ditchburn   Land   …   This   week   i   have   been   busy   working   near   Lincoln   at   the   new   Jordan’s   Ryvita   factory, because   of   the   hectic   work   schedule   i   have   had   little   time   to   update   the   website,   but   some   page   links   are   now   working,   but being   in   Lincoln   did   allow   me   to   start   the   process   of   the   restoration   of   my   MK2R   Jukebox,   as   fortunately   Lincoln   is   also   the home   of   Geoff   Young,   aka..   “The   Jukebox   Man”   ,   so   on   Friday   i   took   my   Ditchburn   Amplifier   to   Geoff’s   workshop   for inspection,   I   thoroughly   enjoyed   talking   to   Geoff,   he   is   extremely   knowledgeable   and   has   done   some   amazing   amp   rebuilds, and   is   a   genuinely   helpful   and   nice   guy,   I   will   be   following   the   progress   of   the   Amp   restoration   here   on   the   website,   Geoff’s first   task   is   to   get   the   PX4   valves   tested   which   he   is   doing   this   Saturday,   we   also   now   have   restoration   pages   added   into each   model   in   Jukebox   section   of   this   website,   so   if   anyone   has   photos   of   a   Ditchburn   restoration   that   they   have   done   or   are currently   undertaking,   send   us   some   photos   and   we   will   add   it   to   restoration   sections.   The   restoration   of   my   MK2R   will   be   a long process due to my work schedule ( I’m predicting it will take over a year ) you can follow the   MK2R Restoration here . I have also added Geoff’s Facebook and website to our Links on the “Contact Us” page Check “The Jukebox Man” out here.  Posted 29-06-18 What   an   unbelievable   time   i   have   had   the   last   few   days,   i   have   started   to   spread   the   word   about   the   Ditchburn   Project,   and the   response   has   been   amazing,   some   really   great   feedback,   and   i   have   received   some   beautiful   photos   from   Ronnie Garside,   and   today   I   received   a   video   from   Tony   Holmes   of   the   only   known   surviving   Jack   Hylton   Music   Maker   MK1,   check out the video in the Juke Boxes   Jack Hylton Mk1   section Also today Barry Cartmell sent us some great photos of the Dock Road factory, thanks Barry…  posted 26-06-18 The website is now starting to take shape, and more pages are getting added, the aim is to get the History section up and running first and then move on to the other sections. we hope you enjoy you visit here and please join our face book page to get notifications of further website updates. Posted 03-06-18 Well... for a start this website is “what’s new”   Welcome   to   the   History   Of   Ditchburn   Jukeboxes   website,   I   have   started   this   website   as   a   definitive   place   to   go   for   all   things Ditchburn, The   idea   for   the   website   started   when   I   acquired   a   Music   Maker   MK2R      ( The   one   shown   on   the   Home   page   )   and started   to   search   for   information   about   Ditchburn   on   the   internet   to   help   me   restore   it   to   its   former   glory,   I   found   a   few   articles and   bits   and   pieces,   but   information   was   fragmented   and   spread   over   many   different   types   of   websites,   and   sometimes contradicted      itself,      so   I   thought   it   would   be   great   to   have   a   website   that   preserved   the   history   of   Ditchburn   Jukeboxes   and provided   all   the   history   and   information   in   one   place.      I   started   another   website   about   3   years   ago   that   was   a   very   similar project   for   a   company   in   Norwich   called   Autowrappers   that   produces   packaging   machinery,    www.autowrappers.co.uk       this company   started   around   the   same   time   as   Ditchburn   (   1947   )   and   is   still   going   strong   today,   the   response   was   fantastic   and the   amount   of   information   sent   to   us   was   far   more   than   we   ever   expected,   and   it   has   now   become   the   definitive   go   to   website for the history of Auto-wrappers. Please check it out. I am hoping that we can bring the history of Ditchburn website to a similar standard, the current plan is to include the following …     1, The history of the company though the years until its takeover by Gainesmead in 1972                                                                      2, Information about its subsidiary companies, including the background music, Record Labels, and vending ventures                        3, Information of all the models of Jukeboxes Manufactured at the Blackpool and Lytham St Anne’s Factories and also the later German imports that were customised for Ditchburn.                                                                                                                              4, Jukebox Technical Information for each model produced, including Schematics and drawings to assist others in the future to restore and repair of these wonderful machines. and possibly a database of all known surviving machines.                                        5, The People that worked for and with the Ditchburn Organisation. And its distribution sector.                                                             6, Other Content and stories linked to Ditchburn.                                                                                                                                    7, A Restoration section following the work of others, bringing these machines back to life ( including the restoration of my own MK2R),                                                                                                                                                                                                8.also a Jukebox Links page for all companies and people providing Jukebox services including Jukebox  forums that offer advice and help relating to Ditchburn Jukeboxes. If anyone would like to see anything else added to the website, please  let me know via the contact us page and I will do my best to get it implemented, I see myself as the guardian of this website, not the owner, I do not own any of the content, it has all been provided by the generosity and help of others for which I am very grateful. If anyone has anything they would like to share on the website, please email me at Jukebox@ditchburn.co.uk                                The website will be updated on a regular basis, so please check back at this page to follow the progress of the website.
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