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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby slotalot » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:21 pm

Now that's a job well done !THUMBS! the chrome has come up well, you must be well pleased with the results !!YIPPEE!!
So then what's your next project going to be? :D

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby silverbitz » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:05 pm

Only a Mills melon front to do now. Similar to the Bursting Cherry. Need some more projects! Don't like building my hopes on things via eBay as we know they get removed half the time. Anyone with any scarcer bandits that they wish to part with? Or perhaps the odd Buckley Bones!

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:29 pm

Very very nice indeed. Bringing machines back to life is so much better than just owning them. Well done.

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby silverbitz » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:39 pm

Totally agree...
Andy.

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Little Stockbroker (Cricketers)

Postby coppinpr » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:08 pm

Topic merged - Site Admin.

As most of you know by now, what I like doing in this hobby is taking a machine that's past looking "used" and is more like "scrapped" and restoring them. This way, I get to do the restoration without feeling I might have ruined a machine that should have been left alone.
Today I picked up a machine from a very nice guy in Margate which certainly meets my requirements (see below).
While I was there looking at other machines he has for sale, I saw he had 6+ little Stockbrokers, 4 working, 2 in need of work and loads of spares. He told me he had sold the lot to one guy for a ridiculous low price that he now regrets. I persuaded him to sell me one of them - a Cricketers, in working condition, with original keys and lidded cash box for £150. I've never had one of these, so:
1. Did I get a good deal or not?
2. In the condition it's in, should I restore or leave alone?
3. Do we have pictures in the archives of what it originally looked like?

Your views and advice on restoring please :!?!:
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Re: Little Stockbroker (Cricketers) advice and views please

Postby gameswat » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:02 am

Coppin, I find about 95% of the time all the finish details you'll need should be there to find under layers of later paint, grime and age. Just means taking the time to carefully try different methods to remove and find the clues. And often while doing this I'm sometimes actually able to find salvageable finishes that i thought must be ruined, which means an even better restoration in the end! Especially exciting to find screened graphics, lettering, decals etc.

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Re: Little Stockbroker (Cricketers)

Postby pennymachines » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:59 am

Sound advice, as ever, from Gameswat.
Of course, its original appearance would have been that of the Little Stockbroker from which it was converted. Unless they have been ground off, the original name and stocks, with their values, are in the casting behind the "Cricketers" plate and the right and left instruction/payout frames. Many Little Stockbrokers were revamped in this way, either to ring the changes or to further disguise the gambling intent and I'm not suggesting you should erase history by returning it to its original form. Presumably there are famous cricketers of the day on the disc?

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help needed with a "little stockbroker"

Postby coppinpr » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:09 pm

Topic merged - Site Admin.

OK, so I don't usually work on machines like this, but I always wanted one and I'm giving it a go, BUT I opened it up and haven't got a clue how it works. I know they are pre-determined payouts. I believe this one is complete, well almost (see below), but I need to understand just how it works from coin entry to payout. Help please.

As I'm planning to return it to a Stockbroker from a Cricketers (should I or shouldn't I ? any views?) can any one tell me the order of the stocks on the reel?

Anyone got any clues on original colours? All the photos I can find don't look like original colours.

Please forgive the photos - I have no editing software here at work (so BP no comments about there being a machine growing out of the top).

I believe there is a spring missing in photo 3. Is this the case? If so, is it a strong spring like all the others in the machine?
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Re: help needed with a "little stockbroker"

Postby treefrog » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:16 pm

Cannot help you with the mechanism as yet to own one... Interesting, I see there are four for sale at the Elephant next time round, three of which are Cricketers, all from Margate Pier... I think the one you got was from a well known seller from Margate..... How many of these machines could have been based there....? Depending on the state of them, I may have a go at one, depending what they go for... There is a thread of a member restoring one of these about a year ago with lots of pictures... (now merged above - Site Admin.)

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:24 pm

Mine did come from Margate. The guy had six, all of which he had sold (too cheap) to one guy. I managed to get him to sell me this one out of the six, complete with original locks and keys, for a little more than the other guy was offering (but still cheap). I'll be very interested to see how much they go for in the auction. Fancy putting four in at the same time! Seems like cutting your own throat to me.


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