Collectibles-General (Antiques)/rowe r-86

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Hi My father in law recently passed away and left us with a Rowe r-86 jukebox that works great it is loaded with 45's from the 50's and 60's sadly we don't have the space to keep it.  It is the blue magic edition I believe.  I have tried to research value but it seems to be all over the place, can you give me any guidance? Thanks so much.

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Hi Jenny,

This juke box was made sometime after 1980 and my books don't even list it, as it is too new, but time has gone by, and now this is a jukebox that is over 25 years old and considered and antique now. Sadly, I can only give you a few ideas as to value. This is not a collectors jukebox like some of the 60's and earlier jukes boxes are. Collectors want the old jukebox's that you can see the record being played and/or being selected and placed on the turntable. So, this type of jukebox is mainly bought for the person that just wants a jukebox to play and store their records in, and have for the basement game room. So all this considered, it puts the value at about just what you can get out of it, and I would expect to see this unit on the market for sale in the 400.00 to 800.00 range, if it were mine and I was selling it, I would expect to accept from 400.00 to 600.00 for it and more if I could get that out of it. I hope this helps you some. I do understand how you are seeing a wide range of values for it. After all, it is an antique, now being over 25 years old, and the value of antiques is: What a seller is willing to sell it for, and what a buyer is willing to pay for it.

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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: info@coinslots.com My web site is at: http://www.coinslots.com

Experience

I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

Organizations
C.O.C.A. and other slot and coin operated machine groups, associations, groups, and clubs.

Publications
Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Education/Credentials
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

Awards and Honors
Take a look at my allexperts rating, and my guest book, links to these are at http://www.coinslots.com Also you can check my 100 percent rating on ebay, as I have been there with ebay from their day one, I am user coinslots at ebay. My other awards come from the very people that I deal with, I always make them happy, no matter what it takes, but they always are happy anyway as the countless thank you letters testify to me, so I know I am doing right, and the best I can. I have found so many hard to find parts for people, I hunt them down and don't stop until I find what is needed to get that customers machine running again and back to life, that is my main goal.

Past/Present Clients
Client privacy prevents this answer, as some are VIP and famous and I will not betray the trust.

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