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I recently purchased the above mentioned slot machine. Upon reading that Sigma would not send them to the US because of copyright violation, attached to Alfred E Newman. How did my machine get into the USA undetected, as it is obvious the 6D
has been scratched off the circle near the coin slot. Am I in violation of the copyright act by owning this machine??
I would also like to know where I could buy a operating/parts manual for the machine. Any help in this matter would be appreciated.

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Hi Pete,
That copy-write was true way back then, which was the Mad Magazines "Alford E. Neman's figure", but it was to stop Sega from making models intended for use and shipping to the USA to be used for commercial machines, and it did. Sega did not make any for distribution to or for the USA. The ones that are over here now have been brought here after they were no longer wanted for use as commercial machines. They were brought in to the USA by collectors and by the container loads as antiques. Also this is the reason none of them are on the U.S. coins, but made for foreign coin amounts. Years ago Sega bought one of the best and unused sets of three sets of Mills dies, when Mills was going out of business, so Sega machines are made and stamped from the Mills original Dies. This is why a Mills manual will work just fine for these machines, yes the outside of sega machines look different and the coin escalator is a little different, but the mechanism for the most part is the same as a Mills machine. I have a great manual that will work well for your machine and if you interested, write me at Info@coinslots.com and I will tell you about it. As far as wanting to know if you are in any danger about the copy-write, I am not a lawyer but as far as my advice goes, I would say no, not at all, I have had a few of them myself, and I have seen a lot of them for sale over the years over here, never have I heard of anyone having those kind of problems. Why, because they are no longer useful as a commercial gambling device, there too old and not used anywhere for that here any longer.
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Rodger Knutson
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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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