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The Australian in house record awards must be from a record division on a tight budget. Great for a log cabin though...
Hi Jbwelda it’s an interesting point that you raise about the pin ball machine.Yes you are robbing it of it’s originality.But if you don’t repair and service mechanical items they soon become obsolete.I just spent a considerable amount of money on servicing and reconditioning my 1943 RAF navigators Omega watch.It’s now fit for purpose and a great historical item which I wear every day.
I think the pin ball machine needs reconditioning by Juliens.Other wise you don’t know the cost that will be incurred,or whether it will ever be fully restored.
I would not fancy an obsolete pin ball machine in my home.I don’t fancy the shipping costs back to the UK either.Bill obviously thought he was gonna get big bucks for all these items from the US market,other wise he would have never shipped them over.
Stargroover, you should look into the cases of people who had their Rolex chronometers factory refurbished in the 80s and 90s when Rolex was encouraging people to send in their watches for updating or just cleaning. They typically sent back a new Rolex to replace the vintage ones, or replaced pieces internally or externally with new stuff. Totally ruined the value as vintage timepieces. You see it again and again, an original untouched Rolex even in kind of decrepit condition is worth many times over what a newer or repaired one goes for. So in that case, even with the work and parts being free, taking advantage of the offer reduced the value of the pieces significantly.
As for the specific case of the pin ball machines (the Stones ones are not all that rare really, I have seen them in person before at pinball machine conventions etc), perhaps what would be a better compromise would be to have the machine checked out, and vintage parts sourced to fix whatever might be wrong, and include those parts with the purchase to allow the new owner to repair it or not. That would save money up front and also allow the new owner to preserve the worth if they care about that above having a working machine at home. As it is, you are paying about 50% for the machine and 50% for the fact it was owned by one of the Rolling Stones. Worth it to some; not so much for others.
Selling away legacy and heritage from future family generations is simply wrong IHO.