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First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:13 pm
by Rick-okc

I'm interested in getting my first upright slot machine.
I've been collecting coin-op machines for almost 45 years and I've never owned an upright.
I'd like to get your opinions on what would be a good machine to get.
I'd like to find a nice all original unrestored machine but will look at anything in my budget.
My budget isn't very big. I hope to have right at $9,000 -11,000 to spend, assuming I can sell off several other machines. See Facebook for postings.

My first thought was a Mills OWL. I figured they are somewhat plentiful and hopefully cheaper.
It's my understanding that parts are very difficult to come by, should I need any.
I hear the wheel graphics are bad about flaking and originals, or reproductions, are hard to find.
How reliable is the mech in these?

The next machine I'd like to lean more about is the Caille PUCK. Is this a somewhat plentiful machine?
I guess Caille would be my favorite, if I can find a good one in my budget.
I hear that the graphics on the wheel is paper and are fairly easy to find reproductions for the wheel.
Reading Dick's description of the PUCK, he mentions the coin head is sometimes missing or cracked. Why, to both situations?
How reliable is the mech in these?

What machines do you recommend and why?
To buy a machine, or if I need parts, who are the upright collectors to contact?
I know there are a lot of uprights sold at auctions. One fear I have of getting one that way is there is no one to speak to that knows the machine. You don't really know what you're buying. Is that about right?

I have found an unrestored, pretty much complete and working PUCK for around $10,000 including freight.
To me, this seems like a pretty good buy but with me now knowing a thing about uprights, I wonder.


Re: First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:06 am
by randyvw
larry debaugh in baltimore area knows a lot about uprights, and can be trusted. he could tell you all the people in your area that know them, and have them. i know of a caille for 18,000 here in so cal right now. george stupar knows a lot about them too....he's the one that taught me that when you buy a "junker"......that is what you got when you're SELLING...a junker. he taught me to buy quality, prefferably unrestored machines that are harder to find....then you got sumthin' they want when you sell it...i personaly don't care much for owls. i like the dewey if you need a cheap one. roger kislingberry also works on them here in so cal, but i haven't talked to him in years. good luck in your search!

Re: First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:58 pm
by Rick-okc
Thank you Randy. Larry is the one with the PUCK.

Re: First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:30 pm
by randyvw
LMAO....well there you go.

Re: First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:52 am
by Marty
re: Larry Debaugh of Baltimore. In looking at our Member roster, his name, shown that way, does not appear. Any chance of a web or e mail or other contact info on Mr. Debaugh please. It is so cool to hear of someone that can be trusted. Thanks, Marty in Florida, who visits Baltimore frequently.

Re: First Upright Slot Machine

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:39 am
by Nickelslot
Larry DeBaugh. 410-336-1728