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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 whats new section again soon folks for more of the latest updates and Ditchburn News,  all the best …. Karl   Posted  17-10-18 Hello   fellow   Ditchburners   ….   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,   Ryanair   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   Ditchburners   ..   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 vandalised 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 … Thankyou. ( 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 Today 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 Today 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 Hawtin’s 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. in 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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