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Middlehurst Coronet

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:23 am
by badpenny
So what machine would you swop your Granny for?
Although I flip between Wall Machines and Trade Stims, I always return to my original favourites ... bandits, and this is the one for me, I have never seen one (except in Dieter Ladwigs book page 56) Crown, obviously by Ainswick/Aristocrat..............
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I think it is the most imposing bandit ever. !!THUMBSX2!!

Has anyone got one?
Seen one?
Know where there is one?
Want my Granny?

What machine that you're unlikely to ever see let alone own would put your Granny on the endangered list?


Re: Is your Granny at risk?

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:45 am
by longbobongo
Wow nice machine never seen it before.

For me it would have to be a floor standing Caille.

Maybe oneday......

Re: Is your Granny at risk?

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:32 am
by john t peterson
I want to trade my Granny for HER!

J. Peterson
Your American Swap artist

Re: Is your Granny at risk?

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:15 am
by badpenny
No need John, apparently she's only $29.99 ............. you want us to have a whip round for you?

Re: Is your Granny at risk?

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:45 pm
by jingle
there are only 2 known coronets
and my friend has the other one thats not in the book
and its a beauty and the 1st one made [no1]
and he may well sell it
but you will have to dig deep
very deep

Re: Is your Granny at risk?

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:36 pm
by badpenny
Go on then make me cry I can cope :cry:

Middlehurst Coronet

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:23 pm
by badpenny
Topic merged - site admin.

I posted this a few years ago, and somebody replied saying they knew of one in UK........... !!YIPPEE!!


......... then it all went quiet.
Anybody seen one?

Re: Arcadian Bonus

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:30 am
by andydotp
G'day from Melbourne, Oz, Badpenny et al,
Your 'Dream Bandit' with a crown on the belly, could it be the Middlehurst Coronet (first version) as in Ladwig's book on p56??
Not a great restoration as the paint was obviously stripped off but re-applied (possibly?) with the colours back to front and paint on castings not lining up plus straight-edged rather than scalloped as it should have been.
And it's a 6d re-badged for the US dime.

I have what I'm led to believe is The First Ever produced sample of this machine - and its from Sept. '54 (I have the patent). Yes! it IS the 'dream machine'.....

Will have to learn how to up-load pics if anyone's interested.

Badpenny's post with bandit picture merged above.
See How to Upload Images - site admin.

Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:18 am
by andydotp
Wow!, people responded! Awesome, thx all.

Yep, I do have the Coronet - first one by all accounts (and serial number). From what I gathered from the guy I bought it from about 8yrs ago he was 'forced' to take it as part of a job lot of jukeboxes and Bally machines and whilst really liking it, mechanical 3-reelers didn't really do much for him.

Anyway, apparently when Len Ainsworth (Aristocrat) was buying up every other slot company in Oz ('cept Nutt & Muddle/Jubilee thx to the govt.) in the '50s
he kept this particular machine for over 30 years in his headquarters.
I can honestly say it has the smoothest mech of any I've owned. Flawless operation and fantastic workmanship but way too liberal due to (I assume) no mathematical equations being done on the reel strip combinations - hence almost every other pull throws up a winner!
How on earth the other ended up in The States has me baffled - unless it was sent there as a promo or something. Anyone know who owns that one?
Wouldn't mind repatriating 'her' and sitting it alongside mine..

Or swap for a Clown catcher.... hold on, only kidding.

As for grannies.... why swap it for an eighty yr old when you can have four 20yr-olds...?

Re: Middlehurst Coronet

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:41 am
by gameswat
Hey Andy, Rory here, how's it going. Been a while since we last talked. You were thinking of selling some machines at the time. As for how that Coronet ended up in the states, I imagine it was shipped over mixed in with old US made product. Bob Klepner has told me stories of a dealer selling new slots in the '70s (Ainsworth I think) and he was clever enough to offer trade ins on obsolete equip. He knew the yanks were paying serious cash for the good stuff so he sent countless Watling and Mills back home and made great profits for his trouble. A major reason it's so hard for us to find anything left in Aust! :(

I've also heard stories of massive loads of containers shipped from the UK, 40 from one dealer! And judging by the amount of great British and Euro machines floating around over there I don't doubt the stories for a second.