sprinkmeier
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Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Sat May 11, 2013 11:52 am

Some friends have a Vintage Jukebox. This thing is old^Wclassic.
It plays vinyl and uses core memory to store multi-play selections.

It got a bit of a knock and stopped working. Long story short, the gearbox that transitions the cradle from traversing to spinning records was stuck.

Mechanical repair was not feasible.

Add a RasPi, some speakers and an Arduino to interface to the selection switches and the Jukebox was resurrected!

A web-interface allows uploading of music files, as well as playing them. The real fun is walking up to it and pressing the buttons though :-)

All the code and schematics are on github:
https://github.com/sprinkmeier/jukebox

Not the most elegant code I ever wrote, but there was a deadline (Birthday party!) which was met.

fa001
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Re: Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Sun May 12, 2013 5:28 am

Good work! I have started a couple of these projects but have not completed yet.
I have a couple of questions:
1) What make / model of jukebox did you use?
2) What is the naming convention you use for music files so that the file matches with the button presses?

sprinkmeier
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Re: Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Sun May 12, 2013 6:57 am

1) Seeburg Select-O-Matic Phonograph SS160

2) The web-front-end that allows you to upload files lets you select the letter and number for the song.
The back-end stores them in a hierarchy accordingly, e.g.
/var/jukebox/A/1/SomeSong.mp3
will play when you press A-1

iandixon
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Re: Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Mon May 13, 2013 12:15 pm

sprinkmeier wrote:Some friends have a Vintage Jukebox. This thing is old^Wclassic.
It plays vinyl and uses core memory to store multi-play selections.

It got a bit of a knock and stopped working. Long story short, the gearbox that transitions the cradle from traversing to spinning records was stuck.

Mechanical repair was not feasible.

Add a RasPi, some speakers and an Arduino to interface to the selection switches and the Jukebox was resurrected!

A web-interface allows uploading of music files, as well as playing them. The real fun is walking up to it and pressing the buttons though :-)

All the code and schematics are on github:
https://github.com/sprinkmeier/jukebox

Not the most elegant code I ever wrote, but there was a deadline (Birthday party!) which was met.
Sounds great, do you have any images. I would love to do a write up about it on my blog (or would you fancy documenting it and I will post it)

Ian
http://thedigitallifestyle.com

sprinkmeier
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Re: Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Mon May 13, 2013 9:20 pm

iandixon wrote: Sounds great, do you have any images. I would love to do a write up about it on my blog (or would you fancy documenting it and I will post it)

Ian
http://thedigitallifestyle.com
Just a few mobile-phone snaps and a short clip with my laptop acting as stunt-double for the RasPi.
I'll try to get some decent pics this weekend.

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Re: Resurrecting a Vintage Jukebox

Tue May 14, 2013 3:32 pm

That will be great. If you need anywhere to host videos or pics let me know.

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