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Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« on: 20 October, 2015, 23:53:16 »
Hi folks, just completed my garage conversion and am looking to get back into playing some classic fruit machines. I hope you guys can help me find machines, I'm after any only fools machines, popeye, roller coaster or simpsons. Id consider any machine that I won't get bored with after a month, so any advise would be appreciated, cheers guys.

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #1 on: 22 October, 2015, 23:21:26 »
Welcome! :) always good to see someone else who has good taste in machines

There's a (remake) roller coaster on ebay at the moment if your quick http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-Roller-Coaster-Fruit-Machine-Coin-Operated-10p-Per-Play-5-Jackpot-/291596293682?hash=item43e47e5632:g:ToQAAOSw14xWKPrc

As to what machines to buy it comes down to what you played the most back in the day. Being 90s machines there weren't really any bad games like with today's machines. All the ones you listed are really good games. I did own a blue sompsons a long time ago, personally found it a bit boring after awhile though so would avoid it for a home machine. The orginal m1 simpsons on the other hand is amazing. 

A few of my favs for fun home use machines are

Collouses
Crazy fruits
Eastenders
Corronation St
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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #2 on: 22 October, 2015, 23:37:37 »
Hi David, the only thing I'm concern with buying older machines is obviously when they go wrong. This roller coaster an updated version I take it? I've read some issues with battery leaks on dels millions, which does put me off a bit as I have very little experience fixing these. I do tinker with arcade machines a little, got a US mspacman cocktail table and a sega naomi machine. I just want to get a couple of fun machines, that are not going to breakdown very often.


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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #3 on: 23 October, 2015, 12:28:26 »
Yeah the remake was released in around 2000 I believe. Not quite as good as the original but I enjoyed it still.

A original rear opener roller coaster has just appeared on eBay here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JPM-Roller-Coaster-Fruit-Machine-/252137093052?hash=item3ab48ab7bc:g:mhEAAOSw~bFWKTVQ being sold by a license holder too so shouldn't be removed.

Scorp 2 and barcrest machines in my expirence are by far the most reliable. As long as you change the battery every few years you shouldn't really have any issues, touch wood!

The worse has to be m1 teach for me so I'd try and avoid if possible. Spare boards are near impossible to find these days and will set you back 80+ If you're lucky enough to find one.

I'd recommend a mpu4 machine. Pretty reliable and parts are available easily enough should you require a new mpu in future. They tend to sell for around 45 inc delivery at the moment.


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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #4 on: 23 October, 2015, 12:42:32 »
Yep,I second that.😊
Scorp2 & mpu4.get the batteries off though!
Mpu5s a reliable tech as well if you are into
something a bit newer along with scorp4s.
Plenty about and the 'spares department'
are a plenty on ebay.
Good luck on your search Daz😊
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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #5 on: 23 October, 2015, 15:23:18 »
Hello Darren and welcome.

With regards to machines to buy, David is bang on the money. It has to be your choice and so go for the ones you like. There are plenty of people around to assist with repairs / parts if need be so don't worry about that too much. Yes, there are of course a few exceptions but everything is repairable - it just depends how deep your pockets are at times! Ha!

I dont think you said but do you own any machines already or are you planning on making your 1st purchase?

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #6 on: 23 October, 2015, 16:56:27 »
Welcome Darren a nice bunch of fruits there you have, would keep you entertained for a while I would of thought.

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #7 on: 23 October, 2015, 17:08:08 »
Appreciate the info guys, yes I'm after my first machine, ebay seams a bit expensive and I haven't seen one that's close to me yet. Ive got my eye on popeye but it's like 200 miles away from me, here in Grantham.

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #8 on: 23 October, 2015, 17:10:46 »
Prices of everything fruit machine related seems to have really gone up in price over the past couple of years, people are now selling on ebay non working boards for the price working ones would have been 2 years ago!

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« Reply #9 on: 23 October, 2015, 17:46:26 »
Hi there i started off collecting this year from my experience's so far it has really been you get what you pay for unless you have the contacts ive bought a fair few from ebay and parts and have to say i have been largely let down and left dissapointed. The best purchases ive had have been from the forums. Prices have gone up even in the time ive started the way i look at it, if its one i really enjoy and brings back the memories id spend that in the bookies/arcade in one go anyway. im paying say 400 for a machine i love and i get to play it whenever i like get in.

As i lack the knowledge and contacts i have to disagree with the spare parts for mpu4 i must have bought 5 from ebay now all say they work most do but dont hold memory, have track damage etc which is mad if you knew the prices ive paid.i must have searched through dozens of pages on google ringing places know one wants to let them go. There are repair services but have been told by various people there no good. In the end ive had a touch that andrew kindly offered to get me out of trouble.

Sorry didn't want to sound negative there is still some good bargains out there on ebay if you jot down the sellers name before it gets taken down you can usually contact them and make a deal dont let distance put you off if you get lots of pictures/videos you can pay via paypal and get a courier to collect quite cheaply paypal gives the protection too if he trys to rip you off.

Hope you manage to find your machines its a brilliant hobby/obsession there are plenty of decent people on here that will help if you need it.you'll soon be saying "just one more then ill be content" thats what i said after the third im now on 9 with 2 on the way  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #10 on: 23 October, 2015, 18:10:59 »
As Seymore says, MPU4 used to be around in abundance! but now fully working boards are hard to com by! MPU4 supports 8 payslides, in 3 reel machines only pounds and 20p paslides are found, so someone sells a fully working mpu4 because it works fine in there machine! you buy it and your machine also has token tube, or worse a club machine which has a fair few more payslides! so then you find not all payslides work even though it worked fine in the sellers machine!! I used to buy duff mpu4 boards for 5 each, no more! there well over 20 now for non working, then you have the mod 2 and mod 4 boards!! few know a mod 4 cam be made to work as a mod 2 with just the addition of a chip around the 5 mark, but then you get the sellers wanting 120 for a mod 2 working board!!

Even Dave is not now going to release any more MPU4 tech due to the fact he has to let a working board go with the machines and even he struggles to get any working MPU4 boards at any price!

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #11 on: 23 October, 2015, 23:51:12 »
Wow looks like I'll have to start hoarding a few mpu4 boards as spares for my machines. theres a mpu4 board on eBay at 82 so far! Weren't expecting them to start fetching m1 prices, just yet! I got a mod 2 board and game card the other week for 50 delivered from a contact.

It is a shame how expensive this hoobie is starting to get lately. I'm lucky enough to have started collecting around 7 years ago, the most expensive (classic) machine I bought was around 150. Most were around the 100 mark. No way I can afford todays prices on some machines like only fools and horses 300-400, cops n robbers 350+ crazy fruits over 500! Basically now became machines I'll never be able to own. Will be interesting to see what the roller coaster fetches on eBay. Owned one around 12 years ago and paid 90 for it.

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #12 on: 23 October, 2015, 23:56:29 »
Ebay prices are shocking nowadays
Especially for older stuff
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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #13 on: 24 October, 2015, 06:20:08 »
Couldn't agree more Chris .spoiling the hobby big time !

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #14 on: 26 October, 2015, 01:29:28 »
Got my eye on a 1992 cops n robs machine, that's pretty close to me, never played it, thoughts please?

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« Reply #15 on: 26 October, 2015, 09:31:03 »
Id only get it if you could pick it up from him i keep seeing him putting that one up ive enquired before he'll only accept payment via bacs or paypal friends and family meaning you have no protection its been on ebay and gumtree before and sold not sure if he's got a massive stock of them or what sounded to dodgy to me good machine though i like it

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« Reply #16 on: 26 October, 2015, 12:18:54 »
He wants 260 for it, it's only 25 miles away so could go and play before I commit. I like the only fools one on ebay, he's had a private bid of 300 already.

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« Reply #17 on: 26 October, 2015, 12:31:10 »
Thats what he said to me last time i then saw an advert on gumtree gave him a bell turns out to be the same bloke asked what went wrong with the ebay sale as it sold for 200  n something but wouldn't give me a straight answer he said if i want it to send over the money asap via bacs as there was someone coming to look the next day (that old chestnut) if your close enough go n have a look check its ok and take it home there and then saying that he might be fine and i might have been paranoid

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #18 on: 26 October, 2015, 16:49:22 »
Think I'll arrange a look. Is duff beer guide any good? Got chance of one for 100, never played it.

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Re: Hi from Grantham in Lincolnshire
« Reply #19 on: 26 October, 2015, 17:56:49 »
Cops and robbers was my first ever machine around 15 years back. Good machine to be fair I can't really fault it.

Beer guide also a good machine, at 100 fully working you can't go wrong. Video here showing showing the game play of the one in Reelfruits https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HlcCwj7C0yw

Theres a maygay money money money on ebay at the moment for 65. Can't believe it hasn't been sold yet :O I already own one and find it a entertaining machine. Somehow for reasons I'll never understand people seem to buy DOND's instead on ebay over a proper Classic at a fraction of the price :-\ strange world lol


 

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