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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby jedny » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:07 pm

Hey
Wow your machine looks fantastic !!THUMBSX2!!
Sadly for me to get my first machine I've also got to please her who should be obeyed. Hence my requirements are quite specific, as in matching other stuff in the room. I spoke to someone who is going to custom make me one to my (her) requirements etc. and hopefully just the start :-)
Must admit though, your machine is my kinda machine. Looks superb.

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby treefrog » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:41 pm

Well your requirements may have been answered, a white/cream coloured Hi Top restored (Probably ex Henry Powell) is on ebay at the moment, no dagger handle, but on modern coinage and far less than his retail prices, should please the other half

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/260940670733? ... 500wt_1202
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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby coppinpr » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:42 pm

Not sure about this machine without a closer look. I think no escalator and I suspect no jackpot unit. He says pays £4 jackpot and I think the coins showing in the JP area are just for show. Also those reels!! Not only nasty but what's with them, they look to be one solid mass. Must just be just the photo surely. Anyway, I live in Sussex, so I might be able to go along and take a look if you're interested in the machine.

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby coppinpr » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:04 pm

Just asked the guy about the JP and he says no JP unit in that machine.

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby treefrog » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:32 pm

The escalator is a Shefras type and yes it is a false jackpot, the £4 is based on the 3 x bars, so 20 x 20p = £4 :burp:
If I were buying, I would want to see pictures of the mech and sides, eg are they wood or chipboard as the castings are for the Mill-O-Matic machine, usually with chipboard sides and base. Also it has been known to sneek a Jubilee mech into these :tut

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby badpenny » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:18 pm

Now you've pointed them out those reels are really odd. I've tried enlarging the image but still can't see any joins, it's got to be the picture.

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby coppinpr » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:36 pm

Now I know this sounds crazy, but could those reels actually be one solid reel with fixed payouts around the cycle? What makes me wonder, is the lack of spaces between the reels and that two winning lines are showing in the picture!!

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby treefrog » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:09 pm

Whaaat :!: , single reel, before you get all too excited, there are three standard reels, the Mill-O-Matic like the Sega Hi Tops had coloured (White) panels separating each reel. The issue is the strips on this machine is also white, see a similar machine I have with black strips....There were also horizontal black lines to draw out the payout window.....
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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby raj » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:30 pm

regarding the reels, I think the original glass has had the silver reel verticals removed & replaced with white, outlined with black, which doesn't really work with white reel strips and the white front casting. !EHEH!
It's a shame the original alloy coin button & owl sign have been removed & replaced with copied decals, plus the Shifras escalator & fake jackpot etc etc really don't do the hours spent on the bandit justice. :cry:

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Re: Help buying Hi Top

Postby treefrog » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:28 am

You know when your hobby has become too much of a sad obsession when one can profess the variances of models of a machine produced in their thousands, I wonder if I am turning into the bloke shown on channel 4 "obsessive collecting disorder" where he had two houses stacked to the ceiling with newspapers in every room and a garden full of junk and the neighbours in their tranquil surrey picture village were trying to get him to clean up his act, well my neighbours are ok with me at the moment, but it won't be long.,

So of the 25 hi tops I have, about 4 are Mill-O-Matics with the wide plastic award strips, painted as per the machine above reel window with black lines, the award holes are actual holes, not the same as a normal mills or sega badge. They have a plastic square display of the Mill-O-Matic insignia and award value attached from behind. Many of these plastic inserts replicas have been sold at the Coventry auction over the last 3 years, as they do fade. The other key identity on these is the Mills plate, which always has a ® symbol after the Mills name

This machine looks genuine to me, it is just a case of whether the mechanism is a real Mills or not, easy to change the escalator.


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