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Retro-Arcade allwins

Postby scottie » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:00 pm

Hi
I was just looking around the internet and found sales@retro-arcade.co.uk....
Do you know if they're still operating....?
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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby pennymachines » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:43 pm

Interesting. Looks like they do a range of repro allwins, rather like Nostalgic Machines used to, only made in the UK.
Their website includes a phone number and contact form.
Why not try sending a message?

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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby badpenny » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:47 pm

If you go to their website (courtesy of Google)
http://www.retro-arcade.co.uk/home

There is a link to contact them for a price guide. However if you persevere, you'll find a price list showing new machines priced at around £700 ....... gulp! :o

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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby JC » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:39 pm

I found this site about a month or so ago, and in fairness I think the prices are not particularly unreasonable, given the machines are made from oak and appear to be fairly well made. However, a couple of things struck me: first, the backflashes in the main seem to me to be out of place on a 1930s styled machine, as many seem to be more 1960s inspired. But the most striking thing that caught my eye was that, with a couple of exceptions, all the pictures are of the same machine (look at the wood grain). They've simply mocked-up loads of different playfields and super-imposed them on the same picture. So how many machines have they actually made?

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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby widget2k4 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:02 pm

I bought a payout cup off them as I needed one for a machine that was missing it and it was really good quality I must say, and service was great.

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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby coppinpr » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:27 am

I see they offer a service making personalised backflashes. Could this be a way of getting new backflashes made for original machines with damaged artwork?

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Re: Are these people still in business?

Postby jimmycowman » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:31 pm

There is a gap in the market since Nostalgic machines packed up, anyone bought one?

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Re: Is Retro-Arcade still in business?

Postby treefrog » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:41 pm

I would think if someone was happy to produce low volume high quality items and tap into the spares market you could make a couple of Bob, maybe not a fortune. Would be good to hear more about the company and future plans. I am sure some people on here must know the owner...it would be great if they moved into a variety of game plays and target traditional themes rather than advertising.

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Re: Is Retro-Arcade still in business?

Postby moonriver » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:43 pm

Allwins are still classified as gaming machines, you cant just site them to operate anywhere you like. The only way you could is to block anything that the machine pays out, or ensure that EVERY coin inserted vends a chocolate.

As far as operating modern reproduction allwins commercially (for example in a licenced Family Entertainment Centre) the usual issue for operators historically was that they never took any money as the gallery pins were poor quality and too widely spaced and allowed too many winning balls through, whereas original allwins made money very well.

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Re: Is Retro-Arcade still in business?

Postby badpenny » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:24 pm

moonriver wrote: Allwins are still classified as gaming machines ............The only way you could is to block anything that the machine pays out, or ensure that EVERY coin inserted vends a chocolate.
Really? ...... So how do our friends operating Vintage Arcades cope?
Perhaps they buy chocolate in bulk.
I appreciate that when it comes to selling one they are classified as gaming machines which stipulates one requirement.
So far as operating one is concerned it comes down to where and what Category it would be registered under (stake & payout).


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