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Author Topic: Found an easy alternative to Rowe Ami CD Jukebox color tube motor  (Read 4802 times)

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Found an easy alternative to Rowe Ami CD Jukebox color tube motor
« on: September 21, 2021, 06:47:52 am »
I just acquired a Rowe Ami CD100D. Everything works fine except for the color tube motor. The belt was missing and the motor does not turn. Looked into fixing this, but can only find expensive old used motors on Ebay, or cheap alternative motors with different shaft sizes. Thought about going the latter route and buying a new pulley and belt to fit, but it would be a big hassle and costs would quickly add up. Then I realized that the color tube on my jukebox just has straight gel colors, so rotating it would not even add much of a visual effect.

So I went a different route. For under $10 I bought a 16.4'/5m LED light strip. I removed the original fluorescent tube light from under the color tube, and wrapped the light strip around the color tube. Plugged the light strip into the open plug in the amplifier compartment, which is powered on and off by the main power switch on the back of the machine. Stuck the LED light transformer on the backwall, and that's it. Done. Now I have colorful LED lights that come on as soon as I turn on the machine. I have set them to change colors constantly at a medium/slow pace (kind of what I would expect from the rotating color tube). Also adds a nice visual in the animation area, with lots of colored dots showing up.

Just thought this might help out somebody else thinking about replacing their color tube motor.