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OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby aristomatic » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:14 pm

Firstly, I'm no expert and I'm sure even experts will disagree what constitutes rare...What is fact is which machines we actually currently own so cannot double count. I'm only interested in 100% fully mechanical mechanism, one arm bandits, although fluorescent tube lighting is permissible. Rare of course doesn't always relate to more valuable either so doesn't matter what machine is, just how rare it is....OWNED IN UK.

I also want to include only machines that had a full production run e.g. machines that are rare now as only relatively few remaining, not primarily that were always few in number. If the thread takes off maybe the site owner could do a poll at the end to decide a top 3 or similar?

Condition irrelevant. For example if you own a Jennings Governor MKII that's likely to be rarer in this poll than a Jennings Governor although a Mark II is probably likely to receive a lower auction bid, but rarer? There may be some surprises - who knows? I have been downsizing my bandits and have sold my rarer machines but I'll start off with these that will not be in the top 3 but don't get advertised for sale too often:

Mills Bellomatic 4 Reeler 25c

Jennings Governor Pearly King & Queen on 6D (if it passes production run parameter)

Chip in with suggestions, if not made clear etc., or parameters need revision to improve. If a collector doesn't want to make public, then fair enough, maybe they could pm me? Or the Site owner, later to include in a poll at the end without matching machine to owner and possibly its location for security purposes. Hope I've covered most things. I'm sure there are many rarer machines than this, maybe European manufactured?

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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby badpenny » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:20 pm

Not American, German.
But were imported into UK under the 3 year rule.

I've had two, I sold one about a year ago, and still have one.

The Monimat.
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I have Aristocrat Clubmaster, Horses Head, usual Jennings and a Watling Rol A Tor, but these funny little ugly German machines I find as cute as hell. Likewise Günter Wulff machines re-cased in Formica

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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby coppinpr » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:48 pm

I like your criteria, opens a more interesting bracket than "rare". We may also find some machines more common that we thought.

I love my 1960 Wulff "Jupiter" which I bought very cheap at Coventry one year and works perfectly, You certainly get your moneys worth,all spinning globes,flashing lights and whirring motors,all of which seems to go on for ever thanks to the German "you must get your moneys worth" laws of the day.Ive been told by German collectors its rare :!?!:
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I also like my Groetchen Columbia Deluxe "Club" on 6d with the correct coin denominator and UK coloured number reel strips, the club is a little rarer than the usual Columbia because it only has one JP.
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and I like my latest machine the 1939 J.M.Sanders "Imperial" trade stim with cigarette reel strips and working gum ball dispenser, apparently a machine not very common.
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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby aristomatic » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:06 pm

Don't think that Sanders qualifies?

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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby treefrog » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:37 pm

You could go in for ever here and suspect we would put forward favourites rather than rarity, but sticking to the rules, so bandit, rare and non electric,

aristocrat Kingsway Mad Melons, still very high up my top list, not a common theme and one of the first machines I bought

The merkur, classic shape and not common

I lied about the rules and added in an electric one, but it is a bandit, the Nixie tube from Semco, not common....
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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby badpenny » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:09 pm

The Golden Mint with The Nixie Tubes has to be very rare, I wouldn't have any idea how many were made but there can't be more than a handful left.

One good frustrated thump from a player must have soon eaten up the spare stock of Nixie Tubes.

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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby coppinpr » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:50 pm

Don't think that Sanders qualifies?
fair enough ..but why? it is a 100% fully mechanical mechanism, one armed bandit, it had a full production run, and its not common, why is the poor little chap being thrown out :#:

Now my choice of the Jupiter does NOT fit the rules its true although it does have three spinning reels, but if he goes so does Tom's Nixie :lol:

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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby clubconsoles » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:57 pm

This is probably rarest in my collection.
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Re: OK, let's talk RARE one arm bandits....

Postby brigham » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:36 am

Strawberries! That rings a Bell...


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