THE DE­CODER

...is the price of this lim­ited-edi­tion juke­box. Here’s what makes it a work of art

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A Dh64,000, lim­it­ededi­tion juke­box

The SL45 Pea­cock Juke­box con­sists of a hand­pol­ished wooden cab­i­net adorned with brushed gold­ef­fect alu­minum cast­ings. Sold ex­clu­sively at Har­rods, its Art Deco graph­ics were in­spired by the in­tri­cate bird fig­ures found in the shop­ping cen­tre’s famed food hall. Only 50 of the ma­chines will be pro­duced and each will be cus­tom-built to or­der.

and weighs a whop­ping 130 kilo­grams. The colour of the LED il­lu­mi­na­tion can be ad­justed, and ex­ter­nal match­ing speak­ers can be con­nected and con­trolled in­de­pen­dently. The juke­box will work at any volt­age.

The juke­box stands at a height of 1.55 me­tres The juke­box comes with a starter pack of 70 vinyl sin­gles

and de­spite its vin­tage ap­peal, has a Blue­tooth re­ceiver, and AUX and mi­cro­phone in­put. There is full re­mote con­trol se­lec­tion for pick­ing songs, vol­ume, shuf­fle mode, mute and aux­il­iary de­vice switch­ing.

The ma­chine is hand-built in the United King­dom by Sound Leisure,

which has been man­u­fac­tur­ing high-qual­ity juke­boxes since 1978. Set up by Alan Black, it is still a fam­ily-owned and run op­er­a­tion, and one of only two tra­di­tional juke­box man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world. It is the only com­pany in Europe to be pro­duc­ing th­ese clas­sic-styled ma­chines and was the first man­u­fac­turer to re-en­gi­neer a vinyl 45-play­ing juke­box. Sound Leisure em­ploys a team of dedicated cra smen and women, who have been re­fin­ing their skills for over four decades. The com­pany’s ma­chines are all built to or­der and can be cus­tomised to in­di­vid­ual spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“There is def­i­nitely some­thing al­lur­ing about a clas­sic-styled juke­box,

no mat­ter what age you are,” says Joe Ar­mitage, de­sign and brand man­ager, Sound Leisure. “Es­pe­cially the dome-topped mod­els such as our Har­rords exclusive Pea­cock. They were orig­i­nally de­signed to look beau­ti­ful and draw a per­son in to se­lect mu­sic to play. I think we have taken that a step fur­ther with [this model]. The light­ing is ab­so­lutely stun­ning with our ‘di­a­mond pack’ LED light­ing sys­tem be­hind the Art Deco-drawn pea­cock de­sign. I don’t think we have ever de­signed a more colour­ful and eye-catch­ing ma­chine.”

“Fi­nally, a good-qual­ity juke­box will last a life­time,

en­sur­ing that its al­lure will last for gen­er­a­tions to come, keep­ing th­ese beau­ti­ful prod­ucts alive.”

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