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I just bought my second Bergman Electro-mech slot machine (I can hear all the purists groan from here!) But I wanted to say a little in their favor.
I bought my first one (now finished, see photo) really because I used to be a pinball guy and they have much in common but when I started work on it I really enjoyed getting it looking and working right; the end result really looks great. Now I'm very much looking forward to working on the Rotamint I just
bought, and boy it needs some work!
I believe this type of machine has a unique place in slot machine history as they represent the period of change from the lovely mechanical machines of the pre-60s to nasty chip-driven machines of today and they definitely have a 1950s charm with their increasing use of plastics and their very 50s designs. The Rotamint shown below is surly a late 50s classic with its plastic numbers and plain case. They were cheaply made for sure but are still going today with little repair needed. They are cheap to buy, around £100 gets you a machine in good working order, making them a good entry level machine for someone looking to start out collecting. One thing I particularly like is they almost always still have their metal name plate on the outside which, with typical German attention to detail, tells you exactly the date it was made, to the day! No 'somewhere around 1959' for these boys : '3rd April 1959', it says on my Rotamint and no mucking about.
So don't just turn up your nose and polish your Rol-A-Top one more time; these machines deserve a place in slot machine history. I like them anyway!