Jamieson Over the Top coin pusher identified

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dicken13
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Jamieson Over the Top coin pusher identified

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Hi!
I have the opportunity to buy an "Over the top" coin pusher. As it's located a couple of hours away, I need to buy the pusher unseen, if I'd buy it all, so any information is of great help.
The only thing I know is that it's made in the UK and it's called "Over the top". I've searched everywhere for it but haven't found a thing. It looks very similar to a "Tip the skittle", but that might just be the way they built the machines back in the day.
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Any info about an "Over the Top" coin pusher?

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Hi Dicken and :WELCOME:
I've not seen that one before, but it's evidently by Jamieson Automatics and very similar to their Rocka Penny pusher, described in the Arena. It exploits the mirror illusion of Tip the Skittle, but has a motorized pusher in place of the skittles. Rocka Penny has pusher lanes, whereas Over the Top doesn't apparently. The footstep for little folk is a nice touch...
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Thanks a lot for the reply.
Then I guess I was on the right track with Jamieson at least. I guess I have to become a full member so that I can read that article :)
Are these machines prone to issues or are they usually working without problems? Is it possible to find spares if needed?
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They're about as simple as they come - no coin acceptors, no payout mechanisms. The fluorescent lighting may need some attention and the motor gear train might benefit from a clean and re-grease, but that's about it. Of course, being ply and laminate, they need dry storage. It's easier to make spares for these than find them...
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That sounds kind of promising. From about what year is it made? And is it fun to play? I've just played modern versions and I like them a lot.
What would be a fair price if it's well functioning? (I guess it's hard to give an exact estimate as it seems to be pretty unique but an approximate price would be great).
Thanks!
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I'm surprised after all that pondering whether to buy or not that someone else hasn't bought it from under you :o
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I always wondered how successful these Jamieson’s machines were to operate, as it is easy to walk past one and not give a second glance. The big thing of any arcade games is not just the game play, but the visual impact, which these definitely do not have, you would have a clue what they are unless getting close. Normal pushers are big draw with piles of shiny coins on the die of the draws !OMFG!
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moonriver wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:03 am I'm surprised after all that pondering whether to buy or not that someone else hasn't bought it from under you :o
I guess the asking prize, being located far from any major cities, it not being a pinball machine and it not being in the UK makes the market kind of small.
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moonriver wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:03 am I'm surprised after all that pondering whether to buy or not that someone else hasn't bought it from under you :o
The words of a hard-bitten collector. If you like it, you can't afford to prevaricate. On the other hand, you don't want to get carried away... >!!???!!<
treefrog wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:55 am I always wondered how successful these Jamieson’s machines were to operate, as it is easy to walk past one and not give a second glance. The big thing of any arcade games is not just the game play, but the visual impact, which these definitely do not have, you would have a clue what they are unless getting close.
I'm sure that's true. Not much 'presence', but not much floor space either.
dicken13 wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:48 pm From about what year is it made?
No exact dates available, but very late 1960s.
dicken13 wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:48 pm And is it fun to play?
More fun than it looks, thanks to the mirror illusion.



The pusher adds something to the game (constant movement), but the pin-field severely detracts from the players' control of where the coins fall.
dicken13 wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:48 pm What would be a fair price if it's well functioning?
Because it's so simple, I don't think the price would be much affected, whether functioning or not. In the unlikely event that the motor's burned out, there should be room for negotiation. It should be cheaper outside the UK than in. Any indication of how much they want for it?
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Around £300 excluding shipping.
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