momo wrote:So I take it this machine has been revamped one or two times in the past.
Yes, at least once.
momo wrote:How does this impact as a whole? Had I a Seeburg v 200 jukebox and it had been modified once or twice it would have very little value and be of little interest, so is this a common thing with wall machines or did they add to the interest?
Certainly wall machines underwent all sorts of modifications during their working lives, to make them look novel again, less generous, work better, comply with stricter legislation, or in the case of foreign machines, make them work with British currency. This latter job was usually carried out professionally by slot machine importing companies with the facilities to do it properly. I think the value of your machine may have been enhanced by the attractive restyling (although we don't know yet what it looked like originally).
Having said this, many "professional" conversions do result in devaluation, even though they may add character and historical interest. German "Domino" wall machines lost over half their collector value
when their original beautiful graphics were replaced with "Roll Out the Barrel" paperwork for the British market. Likewise, bandit collectors have always pursued untouched Mills "Hi-Tops" in favour of the British revamps like the "Black Beauty".
momo wrote:Who is Bussos?
Paris based former clock maker Pierre Bussoz (1872 - 1958) was a leading manufacturer of roulettes, allwins and other coin-operated devices.
momo wrote:Have any of these been sold in the last few years and what was the feedback?
French roulettes that were operated over here turn up from time to time.
When they do, I think they tend to be overlooked a little, considering their quality.
Obviously they're better represented in France, such as last November's Bernard Pansu sale where there was a Grand Prix
, a Grand Steeple
and a similar Spanagel horse racer oddly titled Six Days Men
As for value - I'll let someone else tackle that thorny question. I've taken a vow of silence. (But I'm happy to make a private offer, if you ever decide to sell).
momo wrote:This machine pays french tokens which I guess you exchanged at the counter for ????
Some French machines were converted to pay out British Pennies instead of tokens. This often entailed quite extensive modification. Oddly, this doesn't tend to adversely affect the machine's value (in the UK). In fact, the opposite may be true. Many British collectors (me included) like machines which pay out the old coin of the Realm. That way, you can re-cycle your winnings.
Tokens could be exchanged for goods or sometimes cash, depending upon the location. This was more acceptable to the authorities in (Britain and France) than cash payouts.