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Introduce yourself / Re: New to all this
« on: 12 July, 2016, 23:27:01 »
Heh, well the date says it all frankly, as the more modern reel sets did not start to make widespread appearance till the early 80's, however when MPU controlled stuff first started to appear, you used to see a lot of hybrid setup's before the more modern stepper motors came to being, just like you see now, and it would not surprise me that on this machine, the reels would have been supplied by the likes of Carfield or Bell-Fruit (My betting is Carfield), or used their licence design.

Hi,  I would love to be able to correct you but I haven't got a clue lol. First machine I have owned so it's all new to me. I did remove the reels and it has the date 1976 on the side of them so least that puts the date thing to bed.

Introduce yourself / Re: New to all this
« on: 12 July, 2016, 22:41:53 »
The only sort of Barcrest I do like, and it's a corker!

Maybe best to have a chat with Ron (BF74), whom is best place to help.

I don't know a great deal about this machine, other than from a similar one in the same cab etc, in that I think (Correct me if I am wrong), but it's a sort of old style electromechanical / electronic hybrid setup.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 01 November, 2015, 01:41:42 »
'kin hell, and this board still works? I'm surprised! :o

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 03:02:02 »
It's on 25p at the minute, just got it home, yet to look fully.

It can be made switchable, from 5 upwards, and stakes from 5p up to 30p, using a switchable key.

As this will be running Maygay's Epoch system, there are a few things you need to watch out for, the first being this tiny nasty green battery (Get it wired off the board ASAP!), that sometimes even with a slight leak, can kill a systemboard (One with the ROM's in), also checking the state of the lamp board and PSU

If you don't already have a copy, general Epoch field guide here, that shows you the general in's and out's of this operating system, what all the PCB's are in side, common faults etc.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 02:52:23 »
Most of us with some machine experience, will at a minimum, either totally remove or wire these Varta batteries off the board as a preventive measure, or modify them to run CR2032 coincells (Same as you find in a PC tower), or go with one of Andrew's solid state solutions.

This is a typical Varta that is fitted...... this is the 2.4v 2 cell 3-pin type as found on Barcrest MPU4's, but you also sometimes find the larger 3.6v 3 cell (Common on BFM Scorp4's), and the tiny 3.6v 2 pin sort which is common on Maygay Epoch (Is also the worst of the lot when they leak).

I don't know about the battery. I think others will comment, but I think generally they are removed and put on a fly lead. Will leave for others for details.

It's a really good game on 25p. One of my favourites I think. Let me know what you think of it and maybe some pics or a video? :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 31 October, 2015, 02:42:57 »
Greetings from down the A52 from you @ Long Eaton.

Got a few machines myself, which run from a mid 70's BFM Electromechanical (Almost as old as me, and I am 41 in a few weeks), right through to a BFM Scorp4 machine, based on Horses and Frankie Detori, with this very horses based machine up for sale right now if anyone is interested :)

Welcome to pop down if needs be.

Do a lot of servicing and repairs myself, with most of the support / advice coming from MPU Mecca and here.

As others have said, better off buying from fellow collectors on forums likes this (May cost more), as the general standard of worthiness tends to be better than from sources like e-bay etc.

Introduce yourself / Re: An overseas Hello
« on: 08 October, 2015, 12:40:00 »
Some nice Dutch p.orn here folks!

Welcome to the dark side Rogier..... some of the lads from the Mecca are here (Including myself), so you will recognise some of the faces :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi from Skegness
« on: 17 September, 2015, 10:27:00 »
Greetings your royal pervyness..... welcome to the dark side :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Newbie saying Hi
« on: 09 July, 2015, 21:17:51 »
Welcome bud, and nice collection you have there.

Regarding Gridrunner, I have the exact same machine at mine, and fully understand the grief the Epoch tech can cause, however there are a few of us here who can poss help out....... if you have any repairs advice , parts etc needed, best start a new thread in the repairs / help section of the forum :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Hiya Peeps
« on: 21 November, 2014, 21:36:58 »
Ello stranger..... fancy meeting you here :)

Introduce yourself / Re: hello from me
« on: 02 April, 2014, 20:53:58 »
i dont think there is any call for that ? is there someone to whom i may complain too about this .


Aye, brick wall to yah right :D

Introduce yourself / Re: hello from me
« on: 02 April, 2014, 16:58:39 »
thanks for the warm welcome

Ello scumbag, fancy meeting you here? :D

Introduce yourself / Re: Hello
« on: 14 October, 2013, 23:18:06 »
Ello Mark, so this is where you are frequenting now lol, good to hear from you, I'm now tokenless!

Heh, still got the buggers on my desk..... did not need em in the end, but I am sure I will find a use for em :)

Introduce yourself / Re: Hello
« on: 14 October, 2013, 17:40:30 »
Ello Ronnie, welcome to the dark side of the moon :)

Introduce yourself / Re: New on here
« on: 19 June, 2012, 02:51:21 »
Ste, be more fun if folks tried to press 10p's in to the back of yah head at Birmingham :D

Nice oldie brought back to life, and despite the obvious rom issue (I have the same right now with my Crystal based Big Bucks after getting the rooms, needs the export card), nice to see her running once more.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi all
« on: 30 May, 2012, 01:10:21 »
Welcome to the dark side daz, and be nice to see you in just over a weeks time for the Birmingham Mecca Meet :)

Introduce yourself / The pervert has arrived
« on: 19 April, 2012, 16:51:26 »
Those who know me off the FME forums, will know who I am, but for those who don't....

Name is Mark, and been in to first the emulation sides of machines for close to 10 years, and more recently, collecting actual machines, with 12 currently sat at my flat near East Mids Airport (God I must be mad!)

Have been in contact with Mr P before mostly via the MPU Mecca site (Sold one of my machines to him), and love looking through the vids of his machines, especially the Pyramid (Electrocoin) and Wild Cherry (BGT) machines.

Bit sad I can not make next weeks meeting due to cost (70 as it turns out) and unable to get a lift share, but I will be with you all in spirit anyway, and as it happens in June, I will be going to the Mecca Birmingham meet, and also get chance to slap Jon up side of the head :D

Vids here of machines past and present I have had pass through my fingers, and also 2 vids of when I was up at the Birmingham meeting:

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