We all have a fascination with survivors. No, we are not talking about the long-running reality TV show Survivor, although we often see props from the show up for sale on eBay. It is more the things that seemed to have withstood the test of time and come out the other side seemingly unscathed. Often it is a car, the so-called “barn finds” where an all-original parts car is suddenly discovered, like coming across a rainbow in an open field. Other survivors are lost loves, like this small blue plush monkey called Ah-ah, or this incredible story about a motorcycle, sold, lost, then found again on eBay: eBay Thanks You, Ed Church.
Today we have a survivor of a different sort, this Survivor 1956 Wurlitzer 2000 Silver Age Jukebox Juke Box Coin Op Record Music:
Seems to have been pulled directly from the TV show Happy Days, doesn’t it?
According to the seller, though, this jukebox can still make you rock around the clock. Here is the description:
“Have you been looking for that survivor quality Wurlitzer 2000 Jukebox? This is a nice original survivor that is from a local family that is downsizing.Below is a video to see this machine in action:
This machine plays but will probably need a lube and amp rebuild from age. This model was produced in 1956 and is one of the most desirable silver age Wurlitzer jukeboxes produced. These are stunning jukeboxes lit due to the styling, lighting and colors. Please scroll down and enjoy the 70+ photos. If you cannot view all the photos, please click here.
The cabinet is nice. Aside from a few marks on the right side, it is a nice cabinet and finish that could be touched up and maybe left as it is. The dome is glass, and the grill is fairly straight aside from a few dings from use on the center part. The cabinet is solid and the finish is outstanding. The chrome is nice as well. The pilaster glass is original, however one was cracked in multiple pieces and discarded as shown in the photos. Note the beautiful original pilaster inserts that are the correct color. The back doors and paint are original and in outstanding shape. It has the coin gear, correct 530 amp and appears to be all original. The coin door is missing but the cabinet locks are all present and the original cabinet key is also included.
Mechanically, it does play well but should probably have the amp rebuilt due to age. The patina is superb! The photos do a great job documenting the condition. We could not find any reproduction parts on this box.”
The seller has many beautiful photos, so be sure to take a look at the listing description.
My favorite part of the description has to be this part:
“If you have not owned a jukebox before, these are not CD players, and being 50 years old can be temperamental and are not meant for continuous use all day long. These are meant for occasional use and not for continuous or bar usage.”
First, I think it’s funny because of the “these are not CD players” warning… but I guess there could be kids out there who would assume there wasn’t any type of music delivery device outside of CDs (or their iPods).
Now, about the 50 year old part… you know, I think once you reach 50 you are allowed to be temperamental… but you certainly wouldn’t want to spend all day at the bar…