AMI Singing Towers

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AMI Singing Towers

AMI Singing Towers is a jukebox manufactured by AMI between the years 1939 and 1942. The design of the Singing Towers jukebox is said to have been influenced by New York skyscrapers with its moulded glass, stone effect finish and top light.

The case for the Singing Towers is made of faux stone and everything (except the selector keys) is glass nearly an inch thick.

This particular jukebox introduced a new mechanism which changed the colours of the lights as the music played. Due to mechanical and design problems, this design was not a commercial success.

In the AMI Singing Towers jukebox, sound was reflected off the top of the dome, creating an effect that made the user feel like they were in the middle of the orchestra.

AMI

AMI is the Automatic Musical Instrument Company. It was founded in 1909 as the National Automatic Music Co, making automatic pianos.

AMI produced their first jukebox in 1927, using mechanisms adapted from the automatic piano mechanism which allowed music rolls to be selected.

The company was renamed to the Automatic Musical Instrument Company after World War II.

Notable sales

On December 11 2010, an AMI Singing Towers jukebox was sold by Morphy Auctions for $5,500.

An AMI Singing Towers jukebox was sold by Randy Inman Auction Inc on September 24 2005. It sold for $2,400.

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