Gabel Kuro is a vintage jukebox made in 1940 by the John Gabel Company. The Gabel Kuro is sometimes referred to as the “last jukebox” as it is the last coin phonograph that the John Gabel Company produced.
The jukebox is of the art deco style and plays records of 78bpm.
The Kuro was designed by Clifford Brooks Stevens who also designed the 1938 Gabel Twilight model.
The name of the model is derived from the names of John Gabel’s two sons, Robert and Kurt.
The John Gabel Company
The John Gabel Company was a firm which manufactured jukeboxes between the years 1929 and 1940.
They were the first company to make light up jukeboxes in 1936 with their 18 selection model ‘Starlite’.
The John Gabel Company manufactured the the “Automatic Entertainer” in 1905 which has been called the “most important selective automatic music machine of the first decade of the 20th century”. This machine is often considered the “father” of the modern multi-selection disc-playing phonographs.
On October 3rd 2009, a Gabel Kuro jukebox was sold by Hal Hunt Auctions for $120,750. At the time, this was a world record for the highest price ever paid for a jukebox.
The sale was for items that belonged to the late John Gurrech of Houston, and the jukebox had originally been restored by Brad Merchant of Phoneix, Arizona.
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