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1946 Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox

October 1st, 2008 · 29 Comments

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Wurlitzer 1015 Juke Box

The Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox was introduced in 1946, after WWII ended and building materials became available again. The 1015 brought the Wurlitzer Company great success, allowing it to rebound from near-bankruptcy brought on by the Depression. The 1015 pushed Wurlitzer forward as the leader of jukebox manufacturing, with 56,000 units being sold in less than 2 years. This was the Golden Age of jukebox production. And the 1015 wasn’t just a huge hit in the United States, but also appeared anywhere Americans went, following GIs all over the globe.

Also called the “1015-Bubbler”, this juke is arguably the most popular jukebox of all time. It was conceptualized by the famous designer Paul Fuller (who was chief designer with the Wurlitzer Company from 1935-1948). The ornate design of 1940’s jukeboxes has been referred to as “gothic” or having a “cathedral” look, but this juke has more of an art deco influence. With its illuminated, color-changing pilasters, 8 bubble tubes, shiny chrome and domed top, it is reflective of the positive, uplifted attitude of the post-war nation. The coin-operated 1015 plays 78-RPM records and has push-button Multi-Selector technology, allowing selected records to be played.

The model 1015 was produced from 1946 to 1947, and was so popular that many of them were utilized right into the 50’s. This longevity is responsible for the 1015’s association with the 1950’s sock-hop era. By 1954 the 45-RPM records were becoming so popular that the Wurlitzer factory introduced conversion kits for their jukeboxes so they could play them. In addition, the Wurlitzer 1015 was such a popular model of jukebox that in 1986 Wurlitzer celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1015 by manufacturing it once again and dubbing it the “One More Time”. It had the classic design of the 1015 with all the latest technology, including the ability to play CDs.

Through the years, there have been many Wurlitzer 1015s that appeared in background shots of TV shows and films like “Cheers”, “Friends”, “Back to the Future” and “On the Waterfront”.

Dimensions:
60”H x 32”W x 24 1/4”D

Weight: 355 lbs.

Manufactured by:

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.

North Tonawanda, NY

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Tags: Jukeboxes · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Wurlitzer

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Darryl Haus // Jan 4, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Looking for pricing for good condition vintage 1946 Model 1015 with 45s. Long-time friend of family passed away and widow needs to sell all collectibles. Want to get a fair market price ASAP.

  • 2 Steve // Jan 11, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for the history on the 1015. The box pictured is so pretty.

    Do you feel that the 1015’s are still a good investment over the long term? They still seem to be well over $6000.00 when I do see them for sale.

  • 3 Josh // Jan 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    My dad has an all original 1015. One of the very first with serial number 039. It also has matching speakers. Everything is in working order except for some very minor imperfections. What direction can I give him on having this beauty touched up with a little TLC, and further how would he go about selling it for a reasonable offer?

  • 4 Aaron // Feb 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I think these are awesome machines. I’m building a replica Wurlitzer. In the top part where the buttons are will be my Tascam 4-track recording machine, In the centre where it says Wurlitzer will be my Yamaha drum machine and in the bottom will be my Line6 Spider Amp. Plug in my Strat and rock it out. Old school meets new school.

  • 5 Albert // Mar 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Josh: Tell your dad that if there are only “very minor imperfections” on his 1015, to leave it alone. Many collectors don’t want their machines to look like they just left the factory. Go over the outside lightly with Endust or very lightly with Pledge and be done with it.

    Josh, Steve, Darryl: A 1015 in really nice original condition now sells for more than $16,000 plus shipping in many cities. They are also popular in Japan. Heck, I paid nearly $9,000 for mine (with the coin mechanism) more than 20 years ago!

  • 6 Art // Jun 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I’m wondering what a 1080 box is? A long time ago I got a working 1015 with a nice case, but it didn’t have the bubble tubes or heaters. Otherwise it’s identical to a 1015. Later I got the tubes and repro plastics but never got around to installing them. Any idea what the current value might be? Art

  • 7 vintagevending // Jun 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Art,

    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of jukeboxes anymore, but you could try contacting Steve Hanson at New England Juke Box. He might be able to help you with the value and other questions. He can be reached at nejukebox@aol.com.

  • 8 Jeff Davies // Jun 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

    There is a 1946 Wurlitzer Juke Box Model 1015 that is coming up for sell in my area and I was wondering what kind of interest is there in these machines. I a pick it up for a good price, I will be wanting to resell it.

    So, if there is any interest, please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
    huskyfan1991@yahoo.com
    425-280-7210

  • 9 Jeff jewell // Nov 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I am looking for a record holder part number 33667 for my 1015. If anyone haas information about where I can find one I would love to hear from you. I would also like to find replacement plastic sections for the door. Mine are damaged due to too high wattage light bulbs many years ago. Any help finding parts is greatly appreciated. jewellj193@aol.com

  • 10 vintagevending // Dec 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Jeff,

    For jukebox parts, we recommend Victory Glass at 2nd-sight.com/victoryglass/default.htm They have a large supply of reproduced parts and used parts for many brands and models of jukeboxes.

  • 11 Dennis Downing Jr. // Dec 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Print authentic jukebox labels Fast and EASY!!

  • 12 Bob // Nov 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I own a original 1015 jukebox but does not work do you know value and who would be interested in buying thanks

  • 13 Drew // Dec 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    (415)794-6224

    I have a perfect Original condition Wurlitzer 1015 bubbler for sale

    $20,000 obo

    Please call or email

    Thanks

  • 14 Clarice Golden // Dec 23, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I am looking for a good buy on a juke box working or not but I do want the old 1015. Let me know what you want for it and the shape it is in.
    Thank you

  • 15 Doug Reeves // Jan 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Where is the volume control on the 1015?

  • 16 Andrew Rosenberg // Jan 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Have a fully restored Wurlitzer 1015 (was restored in the 1980’s by Jim Davies of F.U.N. which was a store that specialized in slot machines and juke boxes. Other than the coin unit, the machine is fully working and restored. I purchased it 30 years ago and only had to replace tubes and have the original speaker re-coned. Anyone with $15K in their pocket, they can buy a piece of history. Plays 78’s (was not modified to play 45’s).

  • 17 Andrew Rosenberg // Jan 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Volume control is in the back-right side
    (lawman.lapd@gmail.com)

  • 18 Gary // Jan 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    1o15 Volume control is on the RH side as you face the machine, the on/off is on the LH. There should also be a small REJECT pushbutton in the middle of the RH side, just below the lowest mirror row.

  • 19 Tony // Jan 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    The volume control is on the rear left side inside of a small red metal box.

  • 20 Jennie Wretell // Jan 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    1989-90 I won the first prize, a Wurlitzer 1015 with Coca-Cola advertising in a competition in a Swedish newspaper. I was told that there were only 10 copies of this particular model in the world (with coca cola advertising). I wonder if anyone knows what it could be worth today. It holds 50 CDs and receive coins

  • 21 Eric // Feb 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox for sale. In mint, mint condition. Plays 78s. Coin operated. $17,5000. Motivated seller. Located on Long Island. Your arrange for shipping after purchase. ejkastnyc@aol.com. or 646-207-2710

  • 22 Charles // Apr 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I have a 1946 model 1015 that you put a quarter in it to play, it plays a very small micro cassette,is there a place that could repair it think you for your time

  • 23 vintagevending // Apr 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Charles,
    You can talk to Steve Hanson at New England Juke Box. He can be reached at nejukebox@aol.com. The company is located in Manchester, CT and services juke boxes. http://newenglandjukebox.com/
    Good luck with your Wurlitzer!

  • 24 Kevin Kennel // May 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I have A Wurlitzer 1015 that needs to be restored. I would like to sell. Anyone interested.

  • 25 M.L.Kubacak // Jul 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I have a working 1015 that needs restoration. For sale.

  • 26 Sabrina Harvey // Sep 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I have a Wurlitzer 1050 in great condition. Works like its new. Never been repaired, never needed to. asking 15,000 firm!! You can contact me @ 405-382-5613

  • 27 Dale Flori // Nov 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Have a Wurlitzer 1015 Bubbler, fully restored, plays 78’s. For sale. dflorisr@charter.net

  • 28 NICK // Jan 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Have a 46 original Wurlitzer, coin opt., or free play. Play it daily, 78s. 46th one produced in 1946. Purchased 15 years ago. Anybody out there looking for one, thinking
    of selling this original piece of history. Paid 12k back in the day. max212coco@comcast.net

  • 29 Tony Palmer // Aug 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    In the Wurlitzer 1015 there are two miniature bulbs that light up the “make selection” green panel. Does anyone know what bulb #, voltage and wattage they are?

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