Stumbled upon this machine in a craigslist ad for a pinball coffee table. I expected the worst but was happy to see the owner only built a base for the cabinet to sit on and had not touched anything to do with the machine itself. It was complete, dirty as hell and in need of some love for $100.
This is my third prewar pin restoration and the second battery operated machine of the 1930's. I finished a 1934 Gottlieb Push-Over about a month ago. Restoration thread for Push-Over here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1934-gottlieb-push-over
This is the 'Senior' model of this title and with that is both wider and longer then its 'Junior' counterpart. I have found very little info on the Senior model but a good amount on the Junior. Unlike many 1930's pin tables this machine is nearly the same size as a modern pin, minus the back box. The legs are much taller and next to my Push-Over the machine looks intimidating.
Big-Bertha has a lot to offer. 10 balls for 5 cents. Plunge for points. Raceway on plunge. Two holes at top of playfield (Free Shot Range Finder) and (Advances Reserves). Free Shot fires both cannons simultaneously, advancing balls inside cannons into higher point values. Advance Reserves releases lost balls in out-hole back to the ball trough for continued play. Spring loaded lane guides in the shape of hand guns. Decorative bumper cannons with springs. Pigeon tilt. Coin slide viewing window. Beautiful playfield artwork. Art Deco style cabinet with tapered dado legs.
I'm about a month into the restoration process and as with my last restoration this machine needs attention in every aspect. Cabinet was separating (gussets busted loose), wiring was dry rot, all metal is either rusted or badly tarnish, cracked housings, wood finish dull and dry, overall filthy.
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