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Over the years slot collectors have made exact replacement parts in order to fix or restore a slot machine. Today a collector has access to replacement parts for the entire machine for some slot machine models.
A contemporary slot machine would consist of 80-100% of replacement parts. The slot would then be fully restored and tested to assure that it works as well as a slot that came off the factory line.
A contemporary slot generally costs $1000 -$2000 less than a slot that has very few replacement parts.
If your primary goal is to play and enjoy a slot machine with a 1930s or 1940s look, then a contemporary slot makes sense for you.
If your primary goal is to own a slot that was made in the 1930s, and has very few replacement parts, then spending the extra $1000-2000 makes sense for you and we would advise against buying a contemporary slot.
Contemporary slot machines are generally more readily available than other slot machines. It is extremely hard to determine whether a slot machine is a contemporary model or not.
Most dealers, especially on Ebay or at an auction, will not tell you. If you see a restored 1930s or 1940s style slot machine priced under $3000, it is probably a contemporary machine.
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