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Having issue with my 1952 AMI e-120 jukebox. The cam switch for gripper assembly needs to be replaced as arm won't return when record completes playing. Can it be replaced without soldering it?

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I am not completely sure of the type of switch you have. If it's what I think then the wires are soldered to terminals which are screwed to the switch. That would be a switch about 3/4" wide and about 2 " long.
The other type has solder lugs only. for that you need a soldering iron or gun. Be careful not to apply too much heat as that can destroy the new switch.
Good Luck

Posted on May 06, 2014


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Hi Ponorosa42,

Do you have the manual for the Rowe Ami R-92?
If not then you need to get one in order to set each location in the menu.
The manual can be purchased in a paper form or on CD from a number of dealers on Ebay.
The paper manuals can be purchased from also a good source for spare parts.

Alan Hood

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a 1965 rock-ola starlet jukebox and it will

It won't reject because it needs to have the gripper arm complete the motion before the microswitches on the cam are in the right position.
It has either seized up or blown a fuse or both.

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SOURCE: I have an old NSM Prestige 120 jukebox which

are you sure you dont have it in test mode because this allows it to play for about 20 secs only on each selection

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SOURCE: I have an ami Rowe Model Laserstar CD100-F Jukebox

in my manual it says get in service menu then type 5 then select freeplay this is from an original rowe laserstar manual

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SOURCE: i have an nsm silver sky jukebox and the right

email me for the manual and service programme on a dvd disc

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