A surge in demand for iconic vinyl jukeboxes has led to a waiting list for these new classic Jukebox machines.

A surge in demand for iconic vinyl jukeboxes has led to a waiting list for these new classic Jukebox machines.


A British has really had a cracking Christmas last year thanks to a huge surge in demand for the production of old fashioned vinyl-playing jukeboxes. Sound Leisure has revitalised the vinyl jukebox thanks to a stupidly high demand for the old iconic record players. At the moment, there’s a six-month waiting list for jukeboxes that cost around £8,000 a piece, and are currently the world’s only freshly made vinyl jukeboxes. Sound Leisure from Leeds originally began creating the definitive jukeboxes in the late ‘70s but the manufacturing was cut short a decade later when the music business moved very quickly to the CD format. However, as a lot of people are apparently aware and involved with, a sharp rise in vinyl sales in recent years convinced the firm to have another go at the market, and they have spent the last three years reimagining their original design for modern music fans and venues which are starting to demand them once again. Chris Black, who is Sound Leisure’s manager, conscripted his father Alan to help recreate the machines he had worked on when he started the firm back in ‘78. He is now 71 and couldn’t be happier to be crafting these machines again. They attempted to launch their new construction rather quietly, by only exhibiting the jukebox at a classic car show in London, but there was so much interest garnered, as much as some of the cars, that they have been flooded with orders ever since the expo. The list of those standing in line to be the first to own one of the jukeboxes, called the Rocket, is roughly six months long at the moment, and we’re told it includes a few famous celebs too. Unlike contemporary streaming services or even digital jukeboxes which offer millions of songs at the touch of a button, the Rocket contains still only 70 7” records which can play both the A and B sides. One new feature which has been installed however, is the new Bluetooth receiver, which allows devices such as smartphones and tablets to connect wirelessly and still play requests. The machines are due to start there takeover of many venues in July, when they begin to initially roll out of the factory in Leeds. They are expected to cost upwards of £8,000 too. Mr Black, 45, said: “My father initialised Sound Leisure in 1978 making vinyl jukeboxes but sadly he was a bit late to the business, which already had rivals who were thriving. By the 90’s, everyone had moved on to CDs sadly”. The company ceased making vinyl jukeboxes in the late ‘80s and focussed on engineering CD and digital versions for the pub trade instead, but now, reputable staff are being trained on how to make vinyl jukeboxes and more will be working over the coming months to cope with the huge demand.