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How do I fix my jukebox? (1976 Wurlitzer Baltic) Answered

Hello, lovely people!

I have a 1976 Wurlitzer Baltic jukebox that has started to misbehave. The needle arm lowers, then jerks slightly, coming down pretty much in the middle of the song, then at the end of the song, the arm is supposed to raise back up, and the record should be returned to the carriage, but now it's stopped doing that.

I've spoken to a couple of jukebox servicing-type-people and they've said it'd cost more than the jukebox is worth to get it properly serviced and fixed (it's not a popular model), so I turn to you guys. I'm happy to do the work myself (if possible), but I want to properly understand what's actually wrong with it before I start poking around and potentially making it worse.

Some sub-standard video of the the problem here and here, and I've included the only copy of the service manual I could find.

Before it came to me, the jukebox lived in a student union bar for many years, so I imagine it wasn't particularly well taken care of. I love this machine very much, and I hate that it's become basically unusable. Any advice or help you can give would be very gratefully received.

Many thanks in advance,

Kath

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SLHarder
SLHarder

6 weeks ago

I have just purchased a 1953 Wurlitzer jukebox model 1650 from the daughter of the original owner. The machine looks beautiful, but has playing issues. The coin selection has been bi passed and manual selections were operating at random (now only playing same song over and over). The volume from the top needle is really low, but the bottom needle plays with great volume. However, it only plays the bottom side when I hold the selector crank in...
Q1 what should I check to get it to play the actual selected record?
Q2 what could the issue be with the volume from the top tone arm?

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wakefiek
wakefiek

Reply 6 weeks ago

Hi! Do you have the manual for the jukebox? The manual for mine is highly detailed and was really helpful for me. I'd recommend finding the user manual and giving it a good once-over :)

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JohnnyS99
JohnnyS99

1 year ago

Hi - Ive spent all morning messing about with it, and you're right - the spring behind the tone arm is basically not providing enough tension so someone previously has added a mob to the left hand side whereby a (perished) rubber band had been looped from one side to the other to pull the tone arm back to the right a little. I replaced the rubber band with an elastic hair band and kept knotting it until enough tension was kept on the tone arm to keep to the right. I also adjusted the bolt under the turntable towards the back and through the slot on the right to make the trip switch cut in sooner. Not sure how you reached the back bolt as I could only see it by taking a photo with my phone!! I realised you can actually take out the whole assembly, but it seemed a mammoth job so giving up on that for a bit until it goes in fora complete refurb.

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wakefiek
wakefiek

Reply 1 year ago

Yeah, reaching the back bolt required some deeply uncomfortable contortionist shenanigans. There's a hole in the back of my machine that allows some rear access, but not enough to be helpful in that situation. I actually had to lie with my head inside the machine, with a mirror taped in just the right place so I could see where the bolt was. Space was so tight, I couldn't see the blasted thing *while* I was working on it, which was fun.

I got a replacement spring from this site: https://www.jukebox-world.de/en/Jukebox-Parts-Europe/OMT-Princess-Deutsche-Wurlitzer/Tension-spring-12381.html. It takes a while to arrive, but it's certainly cheaper than having the machine serviced by a pro!

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wakefiek
wakefiek

Reply 1 year ago

Obviously, that particular spring probably isn't the one you want. Check out the manual for the part number you need

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JohnnyS99
JohnnyS99

1 year ago

Hi, I have basically an X5 which is basically the same as your Baltic but built in 1977. Mine has also just developed the same problem and I wondered if you managed to get any joy in solving the problem? I think it's something to do with the springs at the back of the tone arm but not sure.
Kind regards,
John.

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wakefiek
wakefiek

Reply 1 year ago

I was also able to fix the finishing time by adjusting a (ludicrously hard to reach) bolt under the tone arm.

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wakefiek
wakefiek

Reply 1 year ago

Hi John, I was able to improve the situation by replacing one of the springs, but it's still not perfect. I'm fairly sure I need to replace another spring as well, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Hope that helps!