View Full Version : jukebox 481 ?

11th February 2009, 12:09 PM
Ive been offered to buy a jukebox what I believe to be a rockola 481 (searched pics on the net) in working order with records for $800 ,I no zilch about these things but I thought it might compliment my gamesroom as I have a few 70s pinball machines. Would it be worth forking out the $800 or not . Cheers Les.:unsure

11th February 2009, 12:19 PM
I think jukes look great but for less money you can make a PC based cab which will sound better, and give you the option of thousands of songs as apposed to 1 or 200 from an old juke.

But thats just me, YMMV

11th February 2009, 12:21 PM
I have no idea what they're worth. I personally wouldn't pay $800.00 but then it might be worth a lot more :unsure

Check these pages out:


And if you do buy it I'd buy this too =)



11th February 2009, 01:46 PM
these are great jukes

they do however weight a tonne!!!

I have a rock-ola ultra and it is a monster

11th February 2009, 02:51 PM
hi pinfrog
i have an r-85 rowe ami which has cost me all up around $2000. I think its the best piece of equipment out of my whole collection. If your into that old record sound & love old music, i would pay $800 for it, bare in mind though make sure its working properly if not it can very costly and difficult to find parts. My machine cost me $1600 before i had to buy & repair preamps, needles etc. I thought i had overpaid but looking at ebay & what they go for im not so sure. I was offered $2200 for mine from my uncle but declined his offer. I hope this answers some questions.

by the way, they do weigh a tonne, so you dont want to be moving them very often.

11th February 2009, 07:11 PM
hey mate

i got a 463 77 model

i paid 1200 with arcade cabinets (all working) came with 153 records

they compliment a games room nice.

800 seems a good price and if you dont want it im sure you could make your $$ back easy enough.

and you will be surprised at the sound quality too.

and yes rockola is farking heavy

took 4 guys to lift mine on the ute

11th February 2009, 08:01 PM
Going by the info I can find a 481 is 1980:unsure
as for parts and info there are a few good people here in Perth that can help

11th February 2009, 10:34 PM
guy around from joey is a jukebox guru

11th February 2009, 10:44 PM
Would that be an older guy by the name Iva.

11th February 2009, 10:47 PM
iva is one the other guy is simon crimp

12th February 2009, 06:20 AM
Knowing absolutely nothing about jukeboxes i'd say for $800 if it is in working order, grab it.

You couldn't build a MP3 jukebox for less than that, so even if it's completely stuffed you could pull it apart and hook in an ipod or even a PC to play MP3's. And you'd have a pretty cool bit of gear.

12th February 2009, 07:22 AM
just remembered my old mate mention back when they sited these also had the mechanisms swapped to CD to keep up with the times.

so being a record still is a good find