We have recently purchased a large lot of early modern machines (Known as Hanemono’s) from a house that was sealed up for over 15 years and covered with plants. When the new owners dug out the house from its jungle, they found it full of items including 46 of these machines in various condition. This is one of the first machines we have rescued from this lot.
The Hanemono’s are the first machines to use computers and to have electric shooters from new. They started producing them in the early ’80s and this batch is from that period. The Hanemono name comes from the single pair of hands that when you trigger one of the 3 special pockets at the bottom of the machine, open up and scoop balls into the center feature, giving you a chance to enter the V trap triggering the “Fever Mode”. In fever mode, it starts a series of higher payouts and keeps the Hanemono working to scoop up as many balls as possible. This can go on for a long time if you are lucky. These are also the first machines where lights and sounds become part of the action leading to the ultra-high volume of noise in the modern pachinko parlor.
This is a Nishijin “Digimaru” machine and features a flying robot theme and lots of action when you enter the fever mode. Payouts on this machine are 7 balls for the outer pockets, and 15 balls once you hit the Hanemono pockets and in the fever mode. Digimaru is in the center of the feature and when entering the fever mode he has a pixel type red LED display that activates and will keep track of the number of times you win and the number of win cycles and display messages. You have to get a ball in the V (Victory) trap in front of Digimaru to start the fever mode and each cycle to keep going. Flashing lights and bells start to go off building on the action. There is a volume control to lower the volume, but still will be a bit louder than the vintage machines.
Digimaru was in really good shape but was covered with years of dirt and looked like it had never been used since it left the parlor and was imported from Japan. We disassembled the rear of the machine and cleaned all of the rear components, and then cleaned the front, polished the heads of the pins, and cleaned and polished the plastics. Full operation of the machine and the lights have been checked, and we rebuilt the frame with a new base and glued the joints and sealed the frame with urethane. The chrome is in excellent shape but does have some very minor pitting in spots, and there is some fading of the pink of the plastics on the trays from age. Overall it looks near new for a 35+ year old machine!
The machine will come with a set of feet and instructions but it will not come with balls or the door key. This type of lock we cannot rekey but there is a release from the back to open the door if needed. For play we recommend at least 1000 balls.
The sales price includes shipping within the 48 contiguous states by UPS Ground. Other areas or export contact us for a quote and pick up is welcomed if you are near the Indianapolis, IN area. The lights and switches have been fully serviced, but sometimes due to the handling by UPS of the machine in transit, they may need adjustment after shipping or the bulbs retightened.