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Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:51 pm
by prunehat
Hello all, I live in West Sussex UK.

I’m a collector of many things, vintage guitars, old electrical and scientific instruments and have an interest in arcade and slot machines. I have repaired locks and made keys for a few collectors over the years.

Back in the late 60’s the engineering company that I worked for used a small local company for subcontract work and it was my job to collect the finished work. The real business of the small two-man company was repairing arcade machines in the local fun-fairs. When I visited the factory there would be a few modern machines being repaired – but heaped in the corner were many Allwin type machines, no longer wanted by the fun-fairs.

Money was tight but I did have the sense to buy one!

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:45 pm
by pennymachines
:WELCOME: to the site Prunehat.
Lock fixing skills are very handy in this hobby.
That heap of unwanted allwin-type machines in the corner is a recurring dream of mine. Are you sure it really happened?

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:28 pm
by coppinpr
hi and welcome to the best slot forum of them all....by far
I live in east Sussex so any time you feel like it ,let me know and we can meet up for a pint :cool:

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:32 pm
by oxford allwin fan
Hello there old prune - if that's not too over familiar- so which allwin did you acquire?

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:52 am
by prunehat
Many thanks to all for the warm welcome. :D

And no, it was not a dream - there was a pile of machines. Had I been a bit smarter, had the space and a bit more money …who knows?

My ‘Allwin’? I’m not sure what model it is. It’s in exactly the same condition as when I bought it. The cardboard insert actually calls it ‘ALWYN’ and has seven cups.
I’ll try to upload a photo.

Another machine I acquired in the '70s was a Sega Continental Grand Prix but that was sold to a friend with a motor museum.

I’m sure that many will agree, as collectors we often think back at things we’ve missed, sold and should have kept. My regret is not keeping the Bally Pinball Gay Cruise – only 60 were made with this backglass. I bought it from the supplier of props for the film ‘Tommy’ (which I worked on). I’ll post a picture sometime of it sitting in our front room in Worthing.

Today, sitting in my workshop (it's too heavy to get into the house) is a Sega Imperial which came from Germany and I believe is ex-NAFFI. It takes 10 Pfennig coins, thankfully I have a stack. Someday it will have to be sold as I need the space.

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:33 pm
by oxford allwin fan
Wow. And you worked on 'Tommy'? Great movie (my experience of seeing in particularly enhanced his mum!) but I can't watch it now cos of different feelings when seeing those pinball machines being smashed up! V best from dismal Oxfordshire.. Martyn

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:30 am
by arrgee
Hi prunehat and a warm, belated, welcome.

You machine is a 'Saxony' type allwin of the 1930s and probably started life as a 'reserve' machine with 3 balls. Looks to be in quite good condition. Do you have any photos of the internal mechs?

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:12 pm
by malcymal
Welcome! Used to hang out in Worthing every Saturday as both my nans lived there and spent most of life on the pier playing the slots. Excellent Toby Carvery in Goring Road, was there Saturday. I'm just up the coast in Felpham nr Bognor Regis. I had a Sega Continental and the heaviest damn machine I've ever had the misfortune to buy in Richmond London.

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:12 pm
by prunehat
Thanks for interest and for identifying my machine as a 'Saxony'.
Here are a couple of images of the interior.
Regards,
Roy (aka Prunehat)

Re: Hello from sunny West Sussex UK

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:30 pm
by pennymachines
You can learn more about the origins of your game here: Seven mysteries of the Saxony allwin. Presumably Blackpool Automatics Ltd. were responsible for rechristening it Allwyn, which is more Anglo-Saxon than Saxony.