My Jukebox has arrived and its up and running as I write, I am absolutely delighted with it. When I saw the size of the packing crate I thought OH, but it went like a dream. Even when it was lying on its back, I thought how will I get it onto its feet on my own and into the house. I just slid it a foot or so and it practically stood up on its own and I just glided it into position. I gave it a good check over and there wasn’t even a finger print on it. Thank you all at Sound Leisure, the service I have received has been faultless.
And Joanne a special big thank you to you.
Check out the Rocket 88 here
Pictured are Dirk, Colin and Corwin at this weeks Rock around the Jukebox show. A great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone that visited us. It looks as though Sound leisure’s Classic Jukeboxes are going to be even more popular throughout Europe over the coming 12 months.
Fresh on the tracks of last weekends Best Of Britannia (BOB) show in London Colin is now jetting of to Rosmalen in Holland for the Rock Around The Jukebox show that will be held on Saturday and Sunday. This show is the largest of its type in the World and will have visitors from all over the Globe. For the first time this year we will have a Pan European sales team representing us with Corwin from Jukebox Gallery, Holland and Dirk from Hess Automaten in Germany both participating. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to what promises to be the show of the year!
This morning the amazing Dominic Halpin (and the honey B’s) dropped in to use some of the jukeboxes as a backdrop for his new album cover.
Chris and Mike met Dominic recently when he was playing at a restaurant in Wetherby. They enjoyed the music so much Mike asked Dominic to play at his forthcoming wedding. Unfortunately he was already otherwise engaged however, the guys chatted and once it was discovered that Chris and Mike were directors of a company manufacturing jukeboxes he was interested in coming and shooting the new album cover at Sound Leisure. The new album has been recently recorded in Nashville with Ronnie Tutt, Elvis’s Drummer for more than 10 years. Keep an eye on his website for more details:
Thanks to Dominic and Ben for a great morning and impromptu gig!
It is with great pleasure now that we can finally unveil the secret branded jukebox Sound Leisure has been developing.The branded Sailor Jerry Rum jukebox – designed under license with the brand and made for “The Hope” Pub in Brighton. There is only one of these special Sailor Jerry Rocket’s in the world and we are very proud of the way it has turned out. The jukebox features custom graphic side panels, front speaker cloth featuring the legendary tattoo artists designs. The side window graphics feature the brand logos and the front name panel denotes the pub name “The Hope”.
We will be writing a few blogs on the creation of this beauty so keep an eye out. We think this demonstrates also the level we can customise jukeboxes too. The Rocket especially is perfect, with its flat sides and 50′s look, to accommodate artwork and branding. If you would like to talk to us about a branded Jukebox of any sort please contact us on : +44 (0) 113 232 1700 or email us using the contact form here
We will be showing a full range of our Classic Jukeboxes at the forthcoming Home building & Renovating Show from the 1st -3rd November. The show takes place at HIC Harrogate.
What’s more, we have some FREE tickets to give away.All you have to do to claim 2 FREE tickets is to drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line : FREE tickets for HRS!
We were delighted to show a group of 25 young people, who have enrolled onto the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust program, around our factoryyesterday. The trusts aim is for elite athletes (Paul Broadbent and Amanda Coulson joined the party) to use their world-class experience to engage, enable and empower young people to make positive changes in their lives.We thoroughly enjoyed seeing such a group of eager and willing young people engage with our team and hopefully gain a little knowledge of manufacturing.
G&J Sales, One of our distributors, dropped in last week to show off their new van emblazoned with our 1015 Classic Jukebox. The van looks great! G&J sales are based in Bristol.
Address: South view, Hounds Road, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6EN
Tel: 01454 321616
Mob: 07967 753011
Following on from our feature the other week regarding the Bouncing bomb Lathe, we were aware that we had yet another historical piece of equipment at Sound Leisure.
A massive hulking shape lurks in the far corner of the woodshop. Standing mostly silent until it releases a sharp outwards breath and opens it’s massive jaws!! This giant is referred to, at Sound Leisure, as the QEII press and once was located on board the famous cruise liner where is pressed laminated wood for the interiors of the ship. The press remained on board during its sea trials before being removed in1969 prior to the QEII’s maiden voyage. At the time the press was the largest wood press anywhere in the world.
Sound Leisure acquired the press in the early 1980′s where it was located in our stafford street factory.
When Sound Leisure moved into its new premises in crossgates leeds the press came too and had to be moved on a special “abnormal load” lorry. The QEII press is still in daily use and presses all the laminated wood required for our Classic Jukebox range.
We have had somewhat of a media frenzy here over the past few days with reporters wielding cameras, video cameras and microphones all over the place. The reason for all this activity is that today is the 70th anniversary of one of the RAF’s most daring missions – The famous Dam Busters raid carried out by 617 squadron based at Scampton in Lincoln.
The reason for the interest with Sound Leisure is that 3 years ago we acquired a local business, Dawsons pattern works, founded in 1915 by Thomas Dawson and subsequently owned and run by several generations of the Dawson Family. In 2010 after 95 years of family ownership, John Dawson retired and with no other family member remaining to take the reigns of the company we brought it under the Sound Leisure umbrella with the intention of continuing the name, skills and heritage that Dawsons had built up over the years.Since becoming part of our family the Dawson division has become an integral part of our businesses and we supply many bespoke patterns, tooling and furniture to a wide range of customers over a wide sector.
One of the items of machinery that we purchased with the acquisition, and that is causing the press interest is a lathe that was manufactured approximately 100 years ago and was installed by the M.O.D in the Dawsons factory in Leeds to aid the development of a top secret prototype. This project later turned out to be the bouncing bomb that was later used on the mission to destroy the Mohne, Sorp and Eder dams and has since been credited with drastically reducing the length of the war effort.
Barnes Wallis, the engineer that designed the bomb received a Knighthood in 1968, which in part was attributed to this development. Described by his family as “a man of peace rather than a man of war”, we are sure that Barnes would be happy to see the lathe being used for much happier and friendlier manufacturing purposes than it was used for in the past.