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The First Vinyl Jukebox To Be Made In 20 Years Will Soon Be On Sale

Get ready to throw some deep cuts on the juke.

BY SAM EIFLING | May 14, 2016 | Music

If you're listening to a jukebox playing vinyl, that sucker is years, if not decades, old. This year, one of the few companies left in the world making handcrafted analog jukeboxes—a company in Leeds, England, called Sound Leisure—is filling the breach. Its forthcoming Rocket Vinyl, the first new vinyl jukebox the company has made in about 20 years, will be on sale beginning this summer.

The head of the company's classic jukebox division told the BBC this is not going to be a mass-produced item. Because the jukeboxes are all handmade, there might be 50 a year to slake the demand of collectors and the very hippest watering holes. You won't find many in the wild, even if you're in Europe, where most will be sold.

But they should be something to behold: The earliest jukebox models, the one that propel your notion of nostalgia for these things, weren't nearly the stereo pieces that Sound Leisure is promising. Anyone plunking down for one in the 2010s can look forward to a modern advance we now know as "decent audio fidelity," if you're into such conceits.

The BBC noted that the other major classic jukebox maker, California's own Rock-ola, would be the most likely candidate to build a new version Stateside. Till then, it's CDs and streaming music in your local juke-joint, if that.

Here's the new jukebox's namesake, "Rocket 88," a proto rock song by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, to hold you in the meantime.

From: Popular Mechanics