I have been reading as much as I can from your fantastic forum after I rediscovered my Sega Bell at my mum's house. I have had it since I was 6 years old (it took me most of my childhood to work out how most of it operated).
I had thought trying to keep the machine as original as possible would be what most collectors would be interested in but I am surprised how many units are stripped down and completely repainted. At present I have stripped my machine down and cleaned the paintwork as is and I am trying to decide on whether to repaint it or keep the patina effect.
When you guys strip the mechanics down do you immerse in paraffin or other solvent and clean up with a brush ? I am not sure the best approach? Also the oak base was broken off at the front so I have bought a new one from Henry Powell and I am wondering what the best approach would be to help match the colour to the original sides which I am going to sand down and varnish. Can anyone help me date it?
Any pointers/opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.