Books About Seeburg Jukeboxes

Below are listed several books available for Seeburg jukes.  Most were written by me, but there are a couple authored by Ron Rich, Seeburg repairman extraordinaire.
 
All books are available from  me. Most of mine and Ron's Mechanism Guide are also available from Always Jukin' or Game Room Magazine. For those in Europe, try Stamann Musikboxen. Please note that all prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD) and shipping prices listed below are to U.S. addresses only. I only accept checks and money orders; sorry, no PayPal. See below or contact me for shipping to other countries. Several book combinations are available at reduced cost, as are Special Combinations, tailored toward a specific jukebox.  See the bottom of this page for more information.

 

 

2nd Edition, just back from the printers

Seeburg 100-Selection Jukeboxes of the 60s and early 70s

116 pages, 82 illustrations. Price USD $29.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: U100 Mustang, U100 Discotheque, Jr., S100 Phono Jet, SE100 Golden Jet, SX100 Marauder, SL100 Carnival, SB100 Magnastar

New for the second edition is a listing of keys, fuses, and lamps used in each machine. Also featured is a newly revised sound system chapter including information on pickups and speaker systems.

This book covers all of the 100-selection machines built between 1964 and 1975. The first of these, the U100, was the industry's first  all solid-state machine. This book covers that machine, the Discotheque, Junior version of it, and all the later electromechanical Selector and Pricing Unit 100 selection machines, explaining how everything works, including the amplifiers and optional Steppers. Contains schematic diagrams of the Pricing Units, Control Centers, Steppers, and Amplifiers used in these machines, except the SHP2 (introduced in the SB100 Magnastar), covered in 'The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers', see below. Chapters include: Introduction, Schematic Symbols, The Pricing Unit, The Selection System, The Stepper, Motor and Mechanism Power, Sound System, Troubleshooting, and Semiconductor Cross-Reference. The Troubleshooting and Semiconductor Cross-References are worth the price of the book alone!

Spiral bound to lay flat on the work bench.

3rd Edition, new and completely revised

The Seeburg Black and Gray Boxes

178 pages, 131 illustrations. Price: USD $29.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: LS3 Apollo, USC1 Musical Bandshell, USC2 Bandshell Firestar, SPS160 Olympian, SPS2 Matador, STD160 VogueII, SQS160 First Edition, STD2 Entertainer, SQD2 Quad Entertainer, STD3 Sunstar, SQD3 Quad Sunstar, STD4 Mardi Gras, FC1 Regency, FC2 Hutch

The Black and Gray boxes were introduced with the LS3 Apollo of 1969, and lasted through eight years and eleven models of 160-selection machines, ending with the STD4 Mardi Gras of 1977.

Seeburg never published any in-depth service information on these boxes, since they were to be returned to the factory for service. Well folks, the factory no longer exists, so if you have one of these, this is the book you need! Here is a complete description of how they work, including simplified logic and timing diagrams of each of the three custom chips (two in the black box, and one in the gray box). Even included is pricing board setup information, for any machines still using coins.

Also: foldout copies of each of the five board schematics (three in the Black box, two in the Gray), explanations of the power supply, buffer board, scan start board (all of these are located in the Digital Control Center), the DEC (Digital Electronic Consolette), mechanism trip circuit, and a complete step-by-step troubleshooting procedure to find where the problem in your machine lies. New for the 3rd edition is a chapter on the Seeburg Remote Translator (SRT1), an optional accessory used to permit the SC, SCH Consolettes and 3W1-series wallboxes to work with these machines.

There is a semiconductor cross-reference guide for all semiconductors used on all boards, plus component and circuit locators for the boards used inside each box.

 

New!

Seeburg Console-Era Jukeboxes

166 pages, 111 illustrations. Price USD $29.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: LPC1 Console, LPC1B Console, LCP480BL Console 480, LPC480T Console 480, PFEAU1 Electra, APFEA1 Fleetwood, SS160 Stereo Showcase, LS1 Spectra, LS2 Gem

This is my latest book, covering the Console-Era machines listed above.  It covers the differences in Pricing Units and Selection System changes between machines, Auto-Speeds, Steppers, amplifier and speaker system variations, the PRVC, and the Album Scan Control, used in the LPC480 as a 'play stimulator'. Chapters include: Introduction, Schematic Symbols, The Pricing Unit, The Selection System, The Stepper, Motor and Mechanism Power, Sound System, ASC1, Troubleshooting, and Semiconductor Cross-Reference.

 

 

Ron Rich's Latest

Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide

62 pages, 32 illustrations. Price: USD $24.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: All Seeburg vertical play (all coin-op machines on this site except the M100A)

From Ron Rich is his Seeburg Mechanism Guide. Packed into 62 pages of you-can-only-find-it-here information is a complete step-by-step description of the mechanical and electrical operation of all 7 inch 45/33 RPM mechanisms, starting with the M100B of 1950 all the way up to the last vinyl mechanism, used in the SMC3 of 1984. There is stuff in here you will absolutely have to know if you are going to wash your mech, remove the clutch, or remove the pickup arm frame. Don't even think of moving your machine until you've read the 'Transporting Your Jukebox' chapter! Also, lubrication guidelines, including places your mech needs lubrication that isn't in the charts. Includes five pages of detailed troubleshooting information, gathered from 40 (yes, forty, even though Ron doesn't look a day over 21!) years of experience working with these machines. Includes 32 illustrations, lubrication charts, representative schematics of each major mechanism modification, even a complete list of all vertical-play mechanisms built by Seeburg, along with pickup and stylus data!

Seeburg's Red Box and MCU Systems

210 pages 131 illustrations. Price: USD $29.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: SMC1 Disco, SMC2 Phoenix, SMC3 Prelude, 100-77D Topaz, 100-78D Celestia, 100-79M DaVinci

This books covers two different selection systems, those used in the 100-77D and 10078D machines (the Red Box) and the MCU system, used in the SMC1, 2, 3, and 100-79M models.

Who better to write this book? I designed the Red box system, and was also responsible for the redesign of the CPU board for the MCU system.  How each design came to be (its design history) is here. 

The book starts out with a section discussing the various schematic symbols used throughout the text, then jumps right into the Red box Credit and Selection systems, including troubleshooting tips, and a foldout complete schematic of the red box at the back.

The rest of the book is devoted to the MCU system.  I redesigned the CPU board to make it easier to manufacture, incorporate bug fixes, and had to make several circuit changes to get everything to fit.  The book gives complete explanations of how both versions of the circuits work, along with detailed descriptions of the mechanism control circuitry, easily the most complex and problematic of any Seeburg implemented.  Plus mechanism switch adjustment and system troubleshooting tips!

There's also a section on connecting a Consolette to either system, including descriptions of the two remote translators used.

For troubleshooting, I've included timing diagrams with cause/effect arrows to speed up tracking down problems, and a complete semiconductor cross-reference list for both systems, worth the price of the book alone!

The Seeburg Microlog Jukebox Troubleshooting Guide

26 pages. Price: USD $19.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Jukeboxes covered: LS3 Apollo, USC1 Musical Bandshell, USC2 Bandshell Firestar, SPS160 Olympian, SPS2 Matador, STD160 VogueII, SQS160 First Edition, STD2 Entertainer, SQD2 Quad Entertainer, STD3 Sunstar, SQD3 Quad Sunstar, STD4 Mardi Gras, FC1 Regency, FC2 Hutch

If you have one of the jukes listed above or pictured at left, you need this book! Its twenty-four pages are jam-packed with over forty years of troubleshooting experience on these machines.

This guide covers the complete machine: the selection system (Black & Gray box), amplifier, mechanism, tormat, keyboard, and control center, including modifications made to the mechanism and control center over the years. In depth troubleshooting, meant as an adjunct to the 'Black & Gray Boxes' listed above.

It even discusses in detail how to disassemble and clean the keyboard contacts, a procedure that can be difficult if you don't know the tricks.

The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers

56 pages, 37 illustrations. Price: USD $19.95 plus USD $5.00 shipping*

Amplifiers covered: SHP1 (standard equipment for SPS160, SPS2, FC1); SHP2 (SB100, 100-77D, 100-78D, 100-79M); and SHP3 (STD160, SQS160, STD2, SQD2, STD3, SQD3, STD4, FC2, SMC1, SMC2, SMC3)

The SHP (Seeburg High Power) amplifier was introduced with the SPS160 Olympian of 1972, and was standard equipment in all machines up to and including the last vinyl jukebox, the SMC3 of 1984. The 100-selection machines (Topaz, Celestia, SMC1 Jr.) used a lower-powered version, the SHP2 which is also covered.

This manual tells you everything you need to know about: the Preamplifier, tone, balance, and volume controls, the driver board, the S.O.S. (Save Our Sound overload circuit), mute/trip relay, the output transformers and power supply.

The output transistor bias circuit gave plenty of problems with this amplifier, causing some early units to catch fire and prompting the change to the later bias circuit. The solution to this problem, along with a more accurate method of setting the bias, is discussed at length. Also covered is how the AVC (Automatic Volume Control) works, and a detailed explanation of how the drivers and outputs work.

Also included is a semiconductor cross-reference (worth the price of the book alone), component views of both PC boards, and  schematics for all three amplifiers.

 

*If you order from me:

Send me an email detailing what you would like to order, including your name and address, and any special shipping instructions (such as shipping method, see below).  All books except Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide, The Seeburg Microlog Troubleshooting Guide, and the Seeburg SHP Amplifiers are spiral bound.  For all single copies, shipping prices include packaging in a large envelope, shipped from USPS (United States Postal Service) Zip Code 92129 (San Diego, California). I purposely do not list my home address on this website, but will include it in my reply when you email me. I will email you when I receive your check or money order, and again when your order is shipped (usually the next business day).

Shipping within the U.S.:

All orders will be shipped via USPS Priority mail.  According to the USPS, it can take between 3 and 5 working days to deliver your order from the day it is shipped.  Most combination orders and spiral-bound single manuals will be shipped in a USPS Priority mail flat-rate envelope. The Red Box combination and all seven will be shipped in a USPS Priority Mail flat-rate box. If you desire faster delivery, your order can be sent via United Parcel Service (UPS), at extra cost. If you desire to exercise this option, please mention so when you contact me. For UPS, I will need your City and Zip code, and whether it is a residential or business address.

Shipping to other countries:

In addition to the above information, I will need your telephone number (needed to fill out the Customs Declaration.  I will not use it for any other purpose). The U.S. Postal Service offers several methods to ship books from the U.S. to other countries. I will list them in a return email to you, but you can get them by referring to the USPS website:

Book

Weight (lbs)
Seeburg 100-Selection Jukeboxes of the 60s and early 70s
1
Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide 0.5
Seeburg's Red Box and MCU Systems 1.75
The Seeburg Microlog Jukebox Troubleshooting Guide 0.25
The Seeburg SHP Amplifers 0.5
Seeburg Console-Era Jukeboxes 1.5
The Seeburg Black and Gray Boxes 1.5

3. Round up to the nearest pound.

4. Access the USPS website ( for a shipping charge. Enter the weight, your country, and select 'Package'.

I only accept checks and money orders drawn in U.S. funds. I have found that Western Union is a simple and reliable way of not only converting your currency into U.S. Dollars, but sending a money order as well. However, they can be pricey! If you elect to use Western Union, send me an email with the transaction number, since Western Union will not contact me when they receive payment from you. I will then send you an email to verify receipt of payment, and to state when the shipment will be made. Once the shipment is made, I will send you another email to inform you that the books have been shipped. I would appreciate an email from you once the books have arrived.

Combination Offers:

Below are several combination offers.  You can save by ordering all books relevant to your machine at the same time using the 'Special Combinations', or just combine two, three, four or more books, with the following discount:

 
2 books:     10% off
3 books:     15% off
4 books:     20% off
5 or more:   25% off

Note: All prices are in U.S. Dollars.  The shipping prices below are to U.S. addresses only. Please see above or contact me for shipping to other countries.

Special Combinations:
Microprocessor/Red Box Machine Combo Offer:

If you have a Microprocessor machine (SMC1 Disco, SMC2 Phoenix, SMC3 Prelude, or 100-79M DaVinci) or a Red Box machine (100-77D Topaz or 100-78D Celestia), here's the combination you need:

'Seeburg's Red Box & MCU Systems', plus 'The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers', plus 'Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide'. If purchased separately, USD $89.95. Combination price, USD $74.12, including shipping within the U.S.

Digital Machine (Black & Gray Box) Combo Offer:

If you have a Digital machine (LS3 Apollo, USC1 Musical Bandshell, USC2 Bandshell Firestar, SPS160 Olympian, SPS2 Matador, STD160 VogueII, SQS160 First Edition, STD2 Entertainer, SQD2 Quad Entertainer, STD3 Sunstar, SQD3 Quad Sunstar, STD4 Mardi Gras, FC1 Regency, or FC2 Hutch), here's the combination you need:

'The Seeburg Black and Gray Boxes, 3rd Edition', plus 'The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers', plus 'The Seeburg Microlog Troubleshooting Guide' plus 'Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide'. If purchased separately, USD $114.80. Combination price, USD $80.84, including shipping. Note that the SHP amplifier was not used in the LS3, USC1, or UCS2.

LS3, USC1, USC2 (Black & Gray Box) Combo Offer:

Same as above, except excluding the 'The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers', for those having an LS3, USC1, or USC2.  If purchased separately, USD $89.85.  Combination price, USD $68.62, including shipping within the U.S.

Console-Era Machine Combo Offer:

If you have a Console-Era machine (LPC1 Console, LPC480 Console 480, PFEAU1 Electra, APFEA1 Fleetwood, SS160 Stereo Showcase, LS1 Spectra, or LS2 Gem), here's the combination you need:

'Seeburg Console-Era Jukeboxes', plus 'Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide'. If purchased separately, USD $64.90. Combination price, USD $54.41 including shipping within the U.S.

 

100-Selection Machine Combo Offer:

If you have a 60s - mid 70s 100-selection machine (U100 Mustang, U100 Discotheque Junior, S100 Phono Jet, SE100 Golden Jet, SX100 Marauder, SL100 Carnival, or SB100 Magnastar), here's the combination you need:

'Seeburg 100-Selection Jukeboxes of the 60s and early 70s', plus 'Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide'. If purchased separately, USD $64.90. Combination price, USD $54.41 including shipping within the U.S. Note that the SB100 uses the SHP2 amplifier, not covered in the 'Seeburg 100-Selection Jukeboxes of the 60s and early 70s'.

 

All seven:

'Seeburg's Red Box & MCU Systems', plus 'The Seeburg SHP Amplifiers', plus 'Ron Rich's Seeburg Mechanism Guide' plus 'The Seeburg Black and Gray Boxes', plus 'The Seeburg Microlog Troubleshooting Guide' plus 'Seeburg 100-Selection Jukeboxes of the 60s and early 70s' plus 'Seeburg Console-Era Jukeboxes'. If bought separately, USD $219.65 Combination price, USD $148.99 including shipping within the U.S.

 

 

 

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