HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS RESTORE BRASS CASH REGISTERS?

2 years 11 months ago #1271 by NAV


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  • Just curious, but I wonder how many people in the country actually HAVE RESTORED MORE THAN ONE Brass Cash Register? My guess is maybe 15?

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    2 years 11 months ago #1273 by thcashregister@msn.com


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    I love doing it. Getting better with each one I do. Still have a long way to go but I enjoy doing it. I just finished about an hour ago replacing the indicators in a Remington register with the wide indicators. What a learning experience. :)

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    2 years 11 months ago #1274 by NAV


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  • I know you restore, along with Todd, Dick W., Jack, the Appleman, Dep, Johnny A., Mike Novak, David Finlon, Dep, Billy Hall, Marty C., Mark W., Don in Elyria, VicDoc in NY, Charlie M, Jim S, Clayton. But how many other restores are out there restoring at least one register a year?

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    2 years 11 months ago #1275 by thcashregister@msn.com


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  • Replied by thcashregister@msn.com on topic HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS RESTORE BRASS CASH REGISTERS?
    Bill
    I have seen some of your work. You are on that list also. What you have done with some non national machines is remarkable.

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    2 years 11 months ago #1280 by dep


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  • I HAVE RECENTLY RESTORED MY 2000TH BRASS CASH REGISTER. AFTER ALL IT HAS BEEN 44 YEARS I HAVE BEEN DOING IT.
    I AVERAGE 1 OR 2 PER WEEK. THERE STILL ARE A FEW I HAVE NEVER RESTORED...
    ANYONE WANT TO BUY "THE VINTAGE CASH REGISTER AND SCALE CO? LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL?
    INQUIRE
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    2 years 11 months ago #1287 by Vintagepos


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  • Hi Nav I am currently restoring 3 model 346s finish will be copper oxide. Because the cost of plating is well over $Aus 1000 I am gifting one to the plater and selling one to pay for the one I will keep. These are the last of the common ones that I will do I will just repair clean and sell with my other 346s build up my money bank then I have 1 x model 0 and 2 x model 1s to do and they will have the full treatment. I have been doing the flat steel machines so I can build up the bank but this is like watching grass grow as they are hard to sell. See you at the meet

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    2 years 11 months ago #1294 by bruiser@wwt.net


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  • Replied by bruiser@wwt.net on topic HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS RESTORE BRASS CASH REGISTERS?
    There is nothing more rewarding than restoring a machine back to its original glory. The hours and effort put into these machines make it all worth it in the end. I enjoy the hunt of finding something unique to my collection as well as the tinkering with the mechanism and polishing the cabinets.

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    2 years 11 months ago - 2 years 11 months ago #1296 by notsosharp


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  • I agree with Mark. There is nothing more rewarding than going through the total process.
    The search, the purchase, the planning of the restoration, the locating of the necessary parts, the tinkering, the polishing, and finally the marveling at the results. I have the greatest respect for various approaches to the collecting of cash registers and for the few remaining professional restorers, but I feel you are missing the full experience if you haven't done the whole thing.

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    2 years 11 months ago #1297 by NAV


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  • I have to agree with both Jim & Mark about the enjoyment and challenges of restoring an old cash register. I have to give a big salute to DEP for the large number of registers he has restored in the last 44 years. DEP has to hold the restoration record. Keep up the good work.

    My intentions when I made the original post on this topic was to get an idea of just how many people actually restore registers today. I thought maybe I was missing some people, but apparently not. It is my belief that if more interest was shown in restoring machines perhaps the cash register hobby would become popular again. Unfortunately, people who are most vocal and the voices of the cash register hobby are individuals who NEVER EVER did a restoration and miss the true register experience.

    I find enjoyment in restoring the non NCR cast iron case machines because of the challenge they present. Attached are a few photo's of the latest work in progress. I'm fortunate to have available an excellent plating and machine shop to assist in the restoration process. Any completed restoration brings satisfaction to the restorer regardless of how common or how rare the register.






















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    2 years 11 months ago #1298 by notsosharp


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  • A few others that should be added to the list are: Peter Warns, Al Carter, Rodney Hansen, and Allen Crist.
    Some of us haven't been as active lately but we have all shared the experience.

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