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Postby pennymachines » Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:06 pm

Definitely an unusual one, this. I've checked through 5 German coin slot
books and elsewhere for some details. The name "Merkur" has been applied to several German machines over the years, but I haven't found this one.
The "Einwurf" lable just means "coin entry".
Tura was the main German manufacturer of American style bandits (originally, C M Schwarz, Leipzig). I think the mechs. are more or less copies of the Mills, in which case the Owners Pictorial Guide to the Mills Bell could be a helpful workshop manual. You'll find pennies for sale from the PennyMachines Spares shop.

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Postby pennymachines » Sat Jul 24, 2004 4:57 pm

Thought you might be interested in the following which I saw recently for sale at in an American auction.
The plaque pictured on the back of the machine gives you your manufacturer: Automatenbau Rhein-Ruhr of Dusseldorf (Type Heros D Nr. 41268191). So this is the same "Merkur" mentioned on page 200 of Wenn Der Groschen Fallt.... I don't speak German but I think it says the machine was made in 1951, which sounds just right to me.

How did these Merkurs which have done service in the UK end up in the US? A British dealer shipping old slots to the States in the early '70s, I suspect.
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Schwarz Bandit - Silent Doppel - Jackpot

Postby treefrog » Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:38 pm

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Unusual bandit on Ebay at the moment, and the only reason I worked out what it was is that another one is for sale at the Breker sale (bottom picture).

Not sure about the paint job and looks like it is missing the vendor knob. Still, if the rest is complete it would be different....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/One-Arm-Bandi ... 35c175b5eb

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Silent-Doppel-Jackpot German Slot Machine, 1933
Manufactured by: "C. M. Schwarz, Leipzig", mechanically operated 3-reel machine, without jackpot, wooden case with metal front, mechanism needs cleaning, with key. Einarmiger Bandit "Silent-Doppel-Jackpot", 1933
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Re: Schwarz Bandit - Silent Doppel - Jackpot

Postby badpenny » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:06 pm

I've just had half a dozen messages and more photos exchanged with the vendor; seems a nice guy. We'll see if he adds them to his description.

You've seen one recently Tom, in my front room, remember?
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The paint bothers me as he's used a metallic spray and then laquered it. Could be a lot of work involved.
He reckons the skill stops are only for show and the internals are missing for the vendor.

Still, as machines, they rarely crop up.

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Mills (?) - Tura silent - Heros D

Postby paulbohlmann » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:01 pm

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Hi there,
TURA was one of the biggest producers of slot machines in the '30s in Germany, located in Leipzig.
They started as "C.M.Schwarz" and Mr. Schwarz was the general importer for Jennings machines in Europe.
Later, as TURA, they started to build their own machines.

Still not really clear is:
- did they rebuild old American machines?
- did they build machines and export them (and Mills sold them as their own)?
- did they use the know-how from Jennings & Mills to copy and steal ideas ?

Here is a sample - a collector friend in Germany bought a HEROS D -
this was a machine sold by "Automatenbau Rhein Rhur" - after the 2nd World War.
In the ad, you can see that it is a remodelled machine from German Slots before the 2nd WW.

In that case, the HEROS D was a TURA SILENT DOPPEL-JACKPOT Model 1933
- and before? Was it a MILLS SILENT Bell? !PUZZLED!

I add some pictures and would be happy for any input...


Regards Marco.
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Heros D by Automatenbau Rhein Ruhr 1952

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Re: Schwarz Bandit - Silent Doppel - Jackpot

Postby paulbohlmann » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:00 pm

...sorry, did not see the other posts...

@ Badpenny - seems like your model is the "TURA GOLDSIEGEL"
Not sure as the picture is very small...
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Re: Schwarz Bandit - Silent Doppel - Jackpot

Postby pennymachines » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:34 pm

paulbohlmann wrote:...sorry, did not see the other posts...
...not sure as the picture is very small...
I've updated BP's post with a bigger picture from his piece about the bandit in the Arena, and I've merged a much earlier post about the Merkur bandit made by Automatenbau Rhein-Ruhr.

Here's a Tura Heros I sold at Coventry 2010 (similar to the advert you posted). I wonder how it's progressed.
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And a couple more Heros and a Merkur from my hard-drive:
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