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Gottlieb Big Casino - Restore or Wall Art?

By dtown

5 years ago

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#1 5 years ago

Hi EM Dudes,

My dad currently has a Big Casino which he got from a guy looking to have it fixed. Guy paid a hundred bucks for it out of a barn. Since I do work on pins my dad asked me if I was interested in fixing it. I told him to bring it to his house and I'd check it out. I've never done much on an EM with exception of playfield and switch cleaning.

Well I just looked it over and could immediately tell it's been used as a parts machine. Missing are flipper coils and most of the assembly, bulb holders, one full pop bumper mechanism along with parts from the other three and the complete plunger assembly. Also, do not have legs or playfield glass. The backlglass is pretty bad with major flaking along with some tape repair.

The good is that, other than being dirty, the playfield is pretty nice with no real wear. My dad was thinking about buying from the guy for a hundred bucks and having me fix it up. My dilemma is how much is it worth once fixed and is it worth the investment to buy all the parts needed? Also, are these parts easy to come by?

My idea was to buy it for a hundred bucks or maybe a little less, strip the playfield, clean it and use as wall art. Maybe, I could do something with the backglass as well. Then just ebay the rest.

Anyway, what are your thoughts? Give it back to the guy? Valuable enough to fix up? Or sell complete for someone else to fix? Personally, even though I prefer SS pins, I can appreciate an EM if it plays well. From the look of the playfield layout, Big Casino looks like a real pooper and a drain monster. Just doesn't look like much fun to play. Thank you for your time in advance and let me know what you think.

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#4 5 years ago

Does have a lot of the original paperwork and high score cards. Valuable?

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#18 5 years ago

blueoval got it. Thanks for all the feedback guys. It just wasn't financially feasible for me to fix it up as I would have either had to buy all the parts brand new (expensive) or shop for used (time consuming). Glad it's going to a home where it will see a purpose again.

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