Our heritage and the new direction
In July 2019 a British games and Jukebox entrepreneur, Alexander Walder-Smith, has acquired Rock-Ola from its former owner Glenn Streeter. He plans to revolutionize Rock-Ola’s market presence by manufacturing a brand new 45rpm vinyl Jukebox, which not only features a powerful state of the art speaker system but also offers music streaming from phones and tablets, thereby representing a unique blend of mid-century styling and 21st century technology. Streeter will stay on for the next two years and help expand its range beyond Jukeboxes into more home entertainment and recreational room products.
David C Rock-Ola born in 1897 in Virden, Canada. 1914 at age 17 David sets up a cigar store business in the New Laurel Hotel.
David C Rock-Ola forms Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation making 'Low-boy' Penny Scales, then Pinball Machines and various trade stimulators.
Given the opportunity to install one of his famous ‘Multi-Selector’ jukeboxes on the Queen Mary for her maiden voyage David Rockola faced just one problem - a one hour time slot before she set sail.
Undaunted, he strapped a jukebox to the top of a taxi and managed to get to New York’s harbour!
During WW11 Rock-Ola produces M-1 carbine rifles, for the US Army
Continuing a series of iconic fifties machines, Rock-Ola introduces the stunning 1454, which offered 120 selections from 60 records.
Rock-Ola creates the first wall-mounted Jukebox model 1464 with 100 music selections.
The sixties saw many notable technical innovations but the company never lost sight of its aesthetic ideals, as evidenced by the fabulous automobile inspired Tempo I of 1960.
Rock-Ola launches the 'Sea View' Model, which could play both 45rpm singles and CD's
Glenn Streeter, founder of the Antique Apparatus Company, buys Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation and moves production of Jukeboxes to his factory in Torrance, California.
The first part of the 21st Century saw the company moving back towards the instantly recognisable and highly nostalgic 'Bubbler' designs of the early years, which were noted for their rotating multi-coloured pilasters and gently ascending gas bubbles.
Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation is acquired by Alexander-Waldersmith, a British entrepreneur with over 30 years sector experience.
A Selection of Our Jukeboxes
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler 90th Anniversary Limited Edition
Rock-Ola 45rpm Vinyl Bubbler
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler in Gloss Black Elvis Themed Limited Edition
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler in Walnut
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler Peacock
Rock-Ola Bubbler in Gloss White Elvis Themed Limited Edition
Rock-Ola Digital Music Center 90th Anniversary Limited Edition
Rock-Ola Bubbler CD Bubbler in Light Oak
Rock-Ola Digital Music Center Harley Davidson Theme
Rock-Ola Digital Music Center in Gloss Black
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler in Gloss Black
Rock-Ola CD Bubbler American Beauties Theme
Rock-Ola Peacock Music Center
Rock-Ola Music Center in Walnut
Rock-Ola Digital Music Center in Gloss White
An old transatlantic friendship
Alexander Walder-Smith was born into the Jukebox business as his Father, Reginald, had hundreds of Rock-Ola Jukeboxes hired out in bars and pubs across the United Kingdom. The relationship with Rock-Ola goes back to the 1950’s, when Reginald first visited Chicago, and Alexander has been working closely with Glenn for almost 20 years. During this time he not only became the British Rock-Ola distributor but also restored and resold a great many of the company’s classic early machines.
Walder-Smith said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am pleased to be working with Glenn and the long-standing team at Rock-Ola as we take the company towards its centenary. This is one of America’s great brands, up there with Harley Davidson and Jack Daniels, and as we move into the exciting next stage we’ll be dramatically raising its profile across the world. Using our expertise in these products and knowledge of marketing we will capitalize on the vinyl trend and introduce the only authentic American manufactured 45rpm vinyl Jukebox to the world”