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itsnot
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Mills Hi-top

Postby itsnot » Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:33 pm

Hello,
On a popular auction website a black Mills hi-top on one old penny play has been up for a few days. Looking closely at the machine l noticed that the sides look like they are plywood with a wood veneer. The coin box is 'L' shaped and the mechanism has a metal tag with the words 'Automaten bau, Rhein-Ruhr, type heros D' and a serial number. Is this a re-manufactured machine and quite common?

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby treefrog » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:42 pm

Saw that and never noticed the Tura mechanism in it as they look very similar to an old 10 stop Mills machine. This machine, like many, is a conversation back in that day and not a factory Mills machine. Coin entry on right, ply cabinet etc... Maybe even castings are copies. At the end of the day it is a machine from the day and probably worked and earned its living.

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby grains » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:51 pm

treefrog wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Saw that and never noticed the Tura mechanism in it as they look very similar to an old 10 stop Mills machine. This machine, like many, is a conversation back in that day and not a factory Mills machine. Coin entry on right, ply cabinet etc... Maybe even castings are copies. At the end of the day it is a machine from the day and probably worked and earned its living.
A quick question were there many UK clones of Hi-Tops made?
Thanks

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby brigham » Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:09 pm

Mayfield is the usual one.
Sometimes has a ten-stop mech from an early Mills, sometimes a more appropriate 20-stop.

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby treefrog » Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:13 pm

grains wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:51 pm
treefrog wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Saw that and never noticed the Tura mechanism in it as they look very similar to an old 10 stop Mills machine. This machine, like many, is a conversation back in that day and not a factory Mills machine. Coin entry on right, ply cabinet etc... Maybe even castings are copies. At the end of the day it is a machine from the day and probably worked and earned its living.
A quick question were there many UK clones of Hi-Tops made?
Thanks
Yes, have had many, usually on old penny, but often in 3D as well

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby itsnot » Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:37 pm

Moving the coin mech to the righthand and having a functioning reject for duff coins must have been a small feat in itself, anyone have a picture that might be posted?.
Treefrog stated a '10 stop' mills mech, tell me more please.

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby cait001 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:59 pm

joining the Mills Hi-Top club today! What a stunning feat of engineering.

If you appreciate purely mechanical devices, you absolutely need to get a mechanical slot machine.
I only wanted one American slot machine in my collection. I did my research and found the Mills art-deco style of that era to be 100% what I was looking for.
But then these come in a variety of paint jobs, and this was my #1 choice of colours. I'm so happy to get it.
Gambling machines have minimal utility for a "game room", but this is simultaneously a display piece, a functional coinop machine, and an incredible show-piece of engineering. It's super easy to open them up and show off the internals.

It is so lovely that it gets the prestige distinction of being the only machine to live outside the game room.
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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby brigham » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:41 pm

I joined that Club a few weeks ago, with what claims to be a Black Beauty, but doesn't have the hand-load jackpot (like yours), even though it ought to have.
They're a good machine, and you could have a collection JUST of Hi-Tops, such is the variety.

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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby coppinpr » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:56 pm

every bandit collection should have a hi-top, you showed me yours so ill show you mine !OMFG!
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Re: Mills Hi-top

Postby arrgee » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:42 am

cait001 wrote:It's super easy to open them up and show off the internals
Isn't it a bit of a pig to move it around to get to the cash box at the rear ?


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