Some slot enthusiasts want to know why a slot that was originally made in the 1930s is labeled as a contemporary slot.
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.
Contemporary slot machines are called by some dealers "remanufactured slot machines." Those who don't like them will call them "replica slot machines."
Go to Contemporary Slot Machines currently for sale.
Go to Mills and Jennings Slot Machines web page for slots made during the 1920s – 1950s.
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