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Slot Machine buying tips ?


By boydsc331

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

So the other day I get this wild hair to add a slot machine to my little collection. I don't know anything about slot machines or slot machine repair. I do know that im looking for probably a bally machine, maybe 60's or 70's nickel or quarter machine. not one of these newer electronic japan machines. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on buying one. I saw one bally nickel machine that the reels would not stop spinning. is this possibly an easy fix ? I don't mind a non working machine I just don't want to get burned. I also don't want to spend $1000 on one either so I will most likely have to get a fixer upper which is fine. And also where would I go for info and repair info on a slot machine ? Are there websites like this one for slots ?

#2 4 years ago

With so many springs and the potential for missing internal parts I would recommend buying a working unit. I have owned several over the years and for a good working vintage mechanical slot machine expect to pay over $1,000 for a late 40s "Mills high top. I have seen mid 70s Bally's sell for around $600 -$1,200 these units will be lighted and have bells but ugly in my opinion compared to the older Mills or Jennings slots.

#3 4 years ago

Good choice to stay away from those skill stops from Japan. I have one.

#4 4 years ago

I bought a '97 Bally Blazing 7's back in '99 that had just been retired from an Atlantic City casino and it has been excellent. Have only had to change the battery a few times that was soldiered into the board which I put a battery holder in to make it easier. Has very few moving parts really(reels and stop) and not a whole lot to go wrong other than the board itself. The bill acceptor stopped working years ago but that's pretty normal. They can had for less than $500 in good working order.

#5 4 years ago

Almost bought a cool looking Tekken pachinslo (Jap slot) at a yard sale yesterday. Had a cool LCD screen that played Tekken when winning. But ultimately I enjoy reading menus in English.

For $350-$550, you can buy a nice IGT slot that takes quarters, fully works and then for home use fun install a tournament ROM. No fun having a stingy slot machine at home. I have a Triple Diamonds with a tourny ROM, plus very easy to buy cheap kits and swap out the glass and reels for a totally new game.

#6 4 years ago

i have a bally proslot6000 easy to find parts for and game kits if you want to switch a new title in. easy to get personality chips to change payouts. i also bought a tito (ticket in ticket out) kit so it prints tickets and will accept the same tickets.

#7 4 years ago
Quoted from PoMC:

For $350-$550, you can buy a nice IGT slot that takes quarters, fully works and then for home use fun install a tournament ROM. No fun having a stingy slot machine at home. I have a Triple Diamonds with a tourny ROM, plus very easy to buy cheap kits and swap out the glass and reels for a totally new game.

IGT slot machines are nice, and very reliable.

I have a 60's Bally nickel slot I need to get repaired...(problem w/ the hopper).

#8 4 years ago

Thanks for the replys. I thought I wanted an early bally because of the mechanical aspect of it , but never thought about a newer igt with swappable roms for different game play. Does anyone know if the electro mechanical machines like bally can easily be set for different gameplay? And also are parts getting hard to find for early bally machines ? Is igt an American or foreign company ?

#9 4 years ago

Don't know much about the older Ballys.

An IGT swap takes me about 45 minutes.

#10 4 years ago

so seeing as how you have both, the igt and the bally . if you had to choose one which would it be ? the igt because its probably more fun or the bally because of the vintage aspect of it ? I guess it all depends on why you have them to begin with. to collect or play or both I suppose.

#11 4 years ago

Do not buy a japanese pachislo slot machine. They pay out more than 100 per cent and have no resale value.
60's bally em slots are fun and starting to get a little collectable. They cannot be converted to another model.
Do not buy bally electronic slots of the e1000 and e2000 vintage as they are very unreliable.
Once you get into newer electronic slots the newer the better. Pick a model with lots of bonus modes as that is what most people like and want. Bally alphas and wms bluebirds are desirable and come in many models. However you will give up coin in coin out as these all use ticket out.
If you go with antique mechanical slots from the '40's and earlier these are collectable and pretty but don't have the play appeal of the later high pay out slots.
Finally the newer slots will not hold their value as there are always newer and flashier models coming out and making the last generation old news and less desirable.

#12 4 years ago

Bally EM's are the game they are, they cannot be changed. I have several Bally EM's, as well as an E1000. The newer machines are able to have their games changed out, it's just a matter of reel strips, some glass, maybe a topper, and the ROM's. That said, Bally EM's, while similar to EM pins inside, are a whole different world. I've been working on them for a couple years now and still learn new things about them all the time. Parts aren't impossible to come by, though some take searching for now. The Bally's seem to be gaining collectibility now as well. Also be aware of gaming laws in your state, some do not allow private ownership, others stipulate the machine must be of a certain age ie. 25 years old.

#13 4 years ago
Quoted from helicopter:

They can had for less than $500 in good working order.

For a newer IGT?...not around here.

#14 4 years ago
Quoted from Scotty78:

Also be aware of gaming laws in your state, some do not allow private ownership, others stipulate the machine must be of a certain age ie. 25 years old.

Huh, South Carolina, land where you can own whatever gun you want without a permit bans vintage slot machine ownership (even pachi machines from what I'm reading?). Laws are weird.

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from jwwhite15:

For a newer IGT?...not around here.

Plentiful in these parts. I can buy them all day long for $350.

#16 4 years ago
Quoted from DefaultGen:

Huh, South Carolina, land where you can own whatever gun you want without a permit bans vintage slot machine ownership (even pachi machines from what I'm reading?). Laws are weird.

That being said, usually only the gaming/revenue division knows this, sometimes not even then. If your friends are cool and you don't go taking the neighborhood senior citizens retirement checks in quarters, no one usually cares lol.

#17 4 years ago

newlifegames.com

It's the "pinside" of slot machines with nice folk and less drama.

#18 4 years ago
Quoted from jwwhite15:

For a newer IGT?...not around here.

Well, newer is subjective, I guess, but here's what you get in Ohio if you want IGT for less than $500...

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#19 4 years ago
Quoted from helicopter:

Well, newer is subjective, I guess, but here's what you get in Ohio if you want IGT for less than $500...
columbus.craigslist.org link

Wow one like that goes for at least $600 here ive noticed

#20 4 years ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

newlifegames.com
It's the "pinside" of slot machines with nice folk and less drama.

thanks for the tip I will check them out

#21 4 years ago

Buy a Igt one
Very reliable , takes bills

I also have a Jackpot one I'm selling with stand ( you will need that)

#22 4 years ago
Quoted from rvdv:

Buy a Igt one
Very reliable , takes bills
I also have a Jackpot one I'm selling with stand ( you will need that)

are you anywhere near lake forest ca. ? cuz im sure shipping would be a killer

#23 4 years ago

Go for the IGT. Or an older Mills, etc. No computer stuff in them, all mechanical. There is a place about 15 minutes from my office...I'll see if they're still there...

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#25 4 years ago

I have a 831 Bally nickle machine.I've seen them around and you can pick them up for pretty cheap.I paid $140 for mine but had to adjust things and clean it up.It was easy for me as I worked on them in the late 1970's for 3 or 4 years in Las Vegas.Once you get them tuned in they are pretty bullet proof.

#26 4 years ago

My Mills....these older machines are the best!

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#27 4 years ago

Cash registers are fun too!

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#28 4 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Good choice to stay away from those skill stops from Japan. I have one.

At what price point is it worth picking one of these up just to have in the gameroom? Like $50?

#29 4 years ago
Quoted from skywelker:

At what price point is it worth picking one of these up just to have in the gameroom? Like $50?

I would've paid $100 for the Tekken pachinslo machine I saw at the yard sale this weekend. Just was very cool with a large LCD screen that played cool Tekken fights when you won games. But, with some menus in Jap, meh.

$50 is fine and easy enough to re-sell or just pack away if you get bored. Make sure it comes with lots of tokens though, don't wanna have to go buy them.

#30 4 years ago

Yeah....$100 + is fine for the good ones. I had about 6 of those Pachislo Slot machines and converted to quarters. Finally realized why you use tokens after figuring out I had almost 2K in the machines just sitting there!

#31 4 years ago

I traded a Sorcerer pin for this Bally nickel EM about ten years ago. It had sticky reels that wouldn't stop. It was just old gummy lube. I took everything apart, cleaned and lubed everything per Bally's recommendations. It really helps if you have a service and parts manual. I learned a lot and it's worked great for ten years. You really need to play it now and then to keep it operating properly. If you can get a good deal on a non working, but complete machine...go for it. Good luck and let us know what you end up with. It's funny how the kids go straight for the slot machine over the pins!

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#32 4 years ago
Quoted from Sirtiltsalot:

I traded a Sorcerer pin for this Bally nickel EM about ten years ago. It had sticky reels that wouldn't stop. It was just old gummy lube. I took everything apart, cleaned and lubed everything per Bally's recommendations. It really helps if you have a service and parts manual. I learned a lot and it's worked great for ten years. You really need to play it now and then to keep it operating properly. If you can get a good deal on a non working, but complete machine...go for it. Good luck and let us know what you end up with. It's funny how the kids go straight for the slot machine over the pins!

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That looks like what im lookin for. I saw one here local for $300, was in the family for 8 years and sat in the garage. he says the wheels wont stop spinning, so hopefully its something simple like yours was. Funny you say about the kids go for the slot before the pin. My son and his teenage friends never play the 3 pins we have, I wonder if a slot will suck the change out of their pockets. lol

#33 4 years ago
Quoted from PoMC:

I would've paid $100 for the Tekken pachinslo machine I saw at the yard sale this weekend. Just was very cool with a large LCD screen that played cool Tekken fights when you won games. But, with some menus in Jap, meh.
$50 is fine and easy enough to re-sell or just pack away if you get bored. Make sure it comes with lots of tokens though, don't wanna have to go buy them.

Quoted from spfxted:

Yeah....$100 + is fine for the good ones. I had about 6 of those Pachislo Slot machines and converted to quarters. Finally realized why you use tokens after figuring out I had almost 2K in the machines just sitting there!

Thanks for the responses guys! Sorry OP, didn't mean to hijack your thread

#34 4 years ago

Unless you're going to be having family/friends put money into the slot, I've never figured out the draw of having a slot machine in the game room. While it's fun to "win", it doesn't seem like it would really be winning if you're just getting your own money back. Having said that, if I were going to have one in my game room I'd definitely want one that has the old fashioned reels versus the newer video models where I can never tell if I'm going to actually win or not. I hate having to wait for the machine to tell me if I won or not.

#35 4 years ago
Quoted from egyptrus:

Unless you're going to be having family/friends put money into the slot, I've never figured out the draw of having a slot machine in the game room. While it's fun to "win", it doesn't seem like it would really be winning if you're just getting your own money back. Having said that, if I were going to have one in my game room I'd definitely want one that has the old fashioned reels versus the newer video models where I can never tell if I'm going to actually win or not. I hate having to wait for the machine to tell me if I won or not.

I agree , a video slot machine is like a video pinball. Its just not the same.

#36 4 years ago

I would love to own a slot machine that takes quarters but they are illegal in NJ unless its an antique. Tokens seem pointless to me and not worth it to risk breaking state gambling laws.

#37 4 years ago
Quoted from egyptrus:

Unless you're going to be having family/friends put money into the slot, I've never figured out the draw of having a slot machine in the game room. While it's fun to "win", it doesn't seem like it would really be winning if you're just getting your own money back. Having said that, if I were going to have one in my game room I'd definitely want one that has the old fashioned reels versus the newer video models where I can never tell if I'm going to actually win or not. I hate having to wait for the machine to tell me if I won or not.

Answer? Tournament ROM installed. Very fun to hold a tourny and see who wins. No money needed in the hopper to payout, just fun competition.

#38 4 years ago
Quoted from Don44:

I would love to own a slot machine that takes quarters but they are illegal in NJ unless its an antique. Tokens seem pointless to me and not worth it to risk breaking state gambling laws.

Everything in NJ is illegal. Who's gonna know or care if you own a slot?

#39 4 years ago

It's easy to convert back and forth from quarters to tokens. There's a slot inside the machine, you just put in the coin you want it to match. At least that's how all of mine worked....

#40 4 years ago

I have a 3 wheel IGT nickel slot (early 80's) similar to the one SirTiltsalot posted but without the fancier top. I was offered it when I was buying a pin from someone and think I paid somewhere around $150 for it as I negotiated it into the deal. I personally don't play it much but my 2 year old son loves it and anytime kids come to the gameroom they flock to it! It's a cool addition to the gameroom. Make sure you bring help when moving it. These things are almost solid steel and make a pinball machine seem "light" in comparison!

#41 4 years ago

True! The big ones need 2 guys to carry it.

#42 4 years ago
Quoted from Don44:

I would love to own a slot machine that takes quarters but they are illegal in NJ unless its an antique. Tokens seem pointless to me and not worth it to risk breaking state gambling laws.

I am sure NJ can't be much worst than CA. I bet there are ways around that, like here in CA. I can give you a little more info if you like. Just PM me.

#43 4 years ago

At last years Houston swap meet a guy had three of the Williams "dot-mation" machines for a reasonable price. Was able to piece one together and get it up and running. (They have actual reels that are computer controlled and have a dot matrix screen that plays minigames with certain jackpots.) I still enjoy playing them because they are from the era that was my big Vegas days. They also signalled the end of Williams in pinball, so there's that. And you HAVE to put in quarters. Tokens just don't sound right.
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#44 4 years ago
Quoted from boydsc331:

I wonder if a slot will suck the change out of their pockets. lol

My kids suck the quarters out my slot machine. I didn't hide the key very well.

#45 4 years ago
Quoted from Don44:

I would love to own a slot machine that takes quarters but they are illegal in NJ unless its an antique. Tokens seem pointless to me and not worth it to risk breaking state gambling laws.

Slot machines have used coin comparators for many years. Takes 10 seconds to take the token out and add a quarter. Ebay rules make it use tokens and not supposed to be able to switch back but I don't think it is really enforced by anyone, just something they have to say legally.

#46 4 years ago

I installed all the IGT slots games on my touchscreen game system on my bar and on my touchscreen jukebox. All licensed games that you'd find in the casino these days and way more fun than standard reels.

Two videos showing the games installed on my wall mounted jukebox. I then sold my Megatouch and bought a Dell all-in-one touchscreen system that I turned into a full fledged gaming system - from slots to Angry Birds to trivia and everything in between. Way better than a static Megatouch.

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#47 4 years ago
Quoted from skywelker:

At what price point is it worth picking one of these up just to have in the gameroom? Like $50?

That would depend on a lot of things. But in reality I don't see people having these as actual gambling devices in their home. Are you really going to take people's money and/or give payouts? Probably no. You end up providing the quarters and just let people play them for the novelty of it. So...imo...there is no novelty in a flashy one that takes bills etc. Every bar these days has electronic slot like machines. The novelty is with the older mechanical slots, imho. They grab interest because they are antiques and cool. The others are a waste of space, imo. I am an EM guy, so maybe that plays a part too. My igt has a cool fishing theme which I thought would be great for my location, but B O R I N G. Put a Bally Skill Roll in instead. Igt is in storage waiting to be sold at a yard sale. Now, if a really cool antique slot presented itself...I would buy very quickly and invent more space for it, for the novelty of it.

#48 4 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

That would depend on a lot of things. But in reality I don't see people having these as actual gambling devices in their home. Are you really going to take people's money and/or give payouts? Probably no. You end up providing the quarters and just let people play them for the novelty of it. So...imo...there is no novelty in a flashy one that takes bills etc. Every bar these days has electronic slot like machines. The novelty is with the older mechanical slots, imho. They grab interest because they are antiques and cool. The others are a waste of space, imo. I am an EM guy, so maybe that plays a part too. My igt has a cool fishing theme which I thought would be great for my location, but B O R I N G. Put a Bally Skill Roll in instead. Igt is in storage waiting to be sold at a yard sale. Now, if a really cool antique slot presented itself...I would buy very quickly and invent more space for it, for the novelty of it.

I agree with you there on the older mech. slots. I think that's what gets my interest is the mechanical aspect of them. But when I do get one up and runnin my rule will be , "You can take home what you win, but it will be your money going in"

#50 4 years ago

Slot in bedroom... I know a great guy named Kent Anderson who lives in a suburb sw of Mnpls that buys & sells slot machines pretty much full time. He also has many pinball speaker (mostly EM) in his collection. I'm not sure if he visits the Pinside site though. Pm me & I can get you his number.

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