Tomszone.comJukebox Serial #'s and Estimated Production for Major Manufacturers


After years of research, the following is the most complete estimates of jukebox, remote selector and speaker production anywhere. These estimates form the basis of the production figures found in every major Jukebox guide, but those found here are more up to date (through December 22, 2001) and much more extensive.

Through this page you can access tables which show the serial number ranges and estimated Production for every major model of jukebox related production. These tables can be accessed by clicking on the Highlighted Names Below. As the tables are very large, be patient during loading:

Basis of Production Estimates

The pages that follow are the result of the active project I have undertaken to collect and analyze serial numbers.It is based on 16,239 serial numbers as shown in the table below which includes approximately 2600 new numbers submitted via this website. The number of serial numbers give an indication of the amount of data used in making the production estimates, though at times, it can be misleading, for instance, AMI/Rowe used a distinct starting number, so each additional "high" serial number directly relates to better production estimates.

Number of Serial Numbers Available
  AMI/Rowe Rock-Ola Seeburg Wurlitzer Other Totals
Jukeboxes 1,587 5,026 3,141 2,820 479 13,053
Remote Selectors 227 854 649 527 53 2,310
Speakers 8 14 115 153 6 296
Accessories 29 254 - 283 14 580
Totals 1,851 6,148 3,905 3,783 552 16,239

Initial Overall Production Estimates

By taking the serial number estimates from each table for the major four manufactures, I have been able to estimate by year and cumulative, the production of the "big four". The Cumulative jukebox production by 5 year periods is shown below. This information is taken straight from the tables included in this site, and account for 1,950,000+ jukeboxes. As the cutoff for this analysis is 1979

Cumulative Jukebox Production 1935-1979
  AMI/Rowe Rock-Ola Seeburg Wurlitzer Totals
1935-39 13,675 34,125 73,000 170,252 291,052
1940-44 14,525 53,875 98,200 235,975 402,575
1945-49 35,000 89,850 190,050 332,075 646,975
1950-54 89,425 111,975 303,625 393,025 898,050
1955-59 138,050 152,890 375,100 478,325 1,144,365
1960-64 180,225 218,630 447,875 531,825 1,378,555
1965-69 214,075 300,680 508,525 579,425 1,602,705
1970-74 262,500 367,055 568,025 626,875 1,824,455
1975-79 293,850 430,500 609,025 No Production 1,960,250
Chart - Cumulative Production

The period production for the same "Big Four" manufactures is shown below. The "Heyday" of Jukebox production was 1935-1939. 1940-44 was low only due to the lack of production due to WWII and the fact all Jukebox manufacturers shifted production to war related materials. Wurlitzer held a dominate position from 1935- 1947. 1945-1949 would have probably exceeded '35-'39, as 1945 had minimal production due the ending of WWII. The production for these years was driven by Wurlitizer's 1015/1100 and Seeburg's Trashcans (146-148) and M100A. Seeburg took over jukebox dominance in 1949, with the release of the M100 series, the first 100 selection jukeboxes and held that position through much of the '50's. Wurlitzer made a brief comeback, with a multitude of models to celebrate their 100th Anniversary, but started long slide which resulted in their closure in 1974. After 1974, Wurlitzer Gmb of Germany. Rock-Ola was always "in the game" keeping other manufactures on their toes, but never was a major leader. AMI/Rowe can be best described as the "tortoise" (of the tortoise and hare") steadily moving along. Today they remain the only viable manufacturer of the original big four.

Period Jukebox Production 1935-1979
  AMI/Rowe Rock-Ola Seeburg Wurlitzer Totals
1935-39 13,675 34,125 73,000 170,252 291,052
1940-44 850 19,750 25,200 65,723 111,573
1945-49 20,475 35,975 91,850 96,100 244,100
1950-54 54,425 22,125 113,575 60,950 251,075
1955-59 48,625 40,915 71,475 85,300 246,315
1960-64 42,175 65,740 72,775 53,500 234,190
1965-69 33,850 82,050 60,650 47,600 224,150
1970-74 48,425 66,375 59,500 47,450 221,750
1975-79 31,350 63,445 41,000 - 135,495
Chart-Period Production

What Models were Most Popular?

If popularity is defined as "most produced" the following table should give a good insight. Seeburg dominates with 7 of the 12 models, Wurlitzer with 5. Neither AMI or Rock-Ola made the "cut". This analysis is restricted to unique models. It becomes far more complex if you combine "similar models. For instance the M100 Series of Seeburg, all of which are in the top 12 are basically the same model, likewise with the Seeburg "Trashcans" (146, 147, 148) which had a significant production. Wurlitzer and others also produced model variations, where on the only difference was number of selections or the selection/sound system, this again would change the "ranking". If you are so inclined, all the information you need to produce your own ranking is included on the tables on this site.

Top Produced Jukebox Models (>20,000)
 Rank Manufacturer Model Production Year(s)
#1 Wurlitzer 1015-Bubbler 60,400 1946-47
#2 Wurlitzer 616/A 39,100 1937
#3 Seeburg M100C 38,200 1952
#4 Wurlitzer 412 31,500 1936
#5 Seeburg M100A 28,800 1949
#6 Seeburg M100B 27,100 1950-51
#7 Seeburg HF100R 26,850 1954
#8 Seeburg 146 25,400 1946
#9 Wurlitzer 1100 25,200 1948
#10 Seeburg V/VL100 24,550 1955-57
#11 Wurlitzer 600/600K 22,100 1938-39

#12

Seeburg

LPC-1
21,350

1963-64

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