Ripplers: repro & real

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I too share your bemusement about these modern Ripplers. Ever since one sold on ebay a few years back for a staggering £1,400, it has been interesting to plot their course and various seller descriptions. In fact, I think one original Rippler sold on ebay amongst that lot, but probably was a good buy as many watchers guessed it was just another repro under another yet another creative description. I was surprised to see that on the Bryan's website that it now states that these modern copies were made from original parts...certainly all the copies I have seen have had brass mechanism mechanisms (Bryan's would weep at that), so at best it would seem that outer castings were possibly supplied by Bryans. However, it seems strange that Bryans would supply castings to allow others to replicate their own machine at a time when they were still in business still making machines; can't see many manufacturers doing that! I think there's a world of difference between an original and a repro made 50 + years later by someone with no connection whatsoever to Bryans...and I think Mr Bryans is up there somewhere nodding his head in agreement !SAINT! .
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From what I can remember, 30 odd of these were made about 15 - 20 years ago. No original parts were used.
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Re: eBay at its best

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i've seen a few of the rippler repro machines on my travels over the years and i must say who ever made them really did know what they were doing the internal workings look basically spot on to the originals and as most people can see far better quality than some of those repro allwin machines out there at the moment without a doubt , my hat comes off to you mystery man a very fine job you made well done who ever you were trying to recreate the bryans rippler , oh well lets see whos turn it is now to recreate a slot machine !! oh yes badpenny can you make 30 bryans bumpers please i need them by next week
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Sorry chap the only bumpers I'm currently interested in are of an organic nature and are not attached to people who sport a name like "Bryan". :lol:
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Yet another imaginative way of describing an imitation. The seller is now describing them as "Antique". So not only were they made about 10 years ago but they're also 100 years old, wow!
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Auction rage

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I have just been involved in auction rage. My local auction house had a penny slot machine on their books, without picture and went to view on Saturday. Turned out to be a repro Bryans Rippler, widely discussed on the forum. Anyway while there I took my fancy on a nice bronze, Art Deco themed, which I planned to bid on. Trouble is I am busy at work and just missed the bronze when it came up, so decided to watch to see how the Rippler did... at the time I was also in a heated call with my boss and through this I found myself hitting the bid button repeatedly... Bugger you have won this auction... blah blah and 300 precious pounds later including commission... oh dear... One will never learn... :oops:
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Congratulations :lol:
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Re: Ripplers: repro & real

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Well, they're getting cheaper.

See also How NOT to restore your machine.
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Re: Auction rage

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tree-frog wrote:I have just been involved in auction rage. My local auction house had a penny slot machine on their books, without picture and went to view on Saturday. Turned out to be a repro Bryans Rippler, widely discussed on the forum. ... Bugger you have won this auction... blah blah and 300 precious pounds later including commission... oh dear... One will never learn... :oops:
Youch. I didn't place a bid on the machine, thank goodness and assuming you mean a certain North-East Essex auction house, they told me it was definitely an original. Naughty naughty! Originally I was gutted because I just missed the auction! Are you sure it's a copy?
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Re: Auction rage

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Well, I was probably one of the few who actually viewed. I have never seen a real one, except another collector showed me a real case, and this one looks quite new, little age to it. If a Repro, it is good and the castings may well be original parts. The case is oak and the castings brass. I noticed back on this post that Bryans Fan wondered whether repros were all Mahogany cased, well this is oak and he stated they use brass not chromed controls, well on Melrights site, they have both... As stated on Melright's site, the repro's are very similar, in fact, I have compared the picture on his site of the mechanics and they are identical, even the location of the screws on the back.

If it is not original, I don't care as a real one would be a fortune. I just would not have had this top of my list for the next machine, so meant only to do a token bid of a few hundred... Still it plays well...

You're right about the auction house though. I wonder what they based their statement on. Also they had it down as a 1950s machine, but were the originals not 1930s and the repros 1990s?
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