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Autobank, 1934

Features: Gobble holes (41), Player-adjustable skill-shot diverter in shooter lane, referenced in the playfield Instructions as the "rubber banking cushion". Electric tilt indicator. Game measures 40 1/2 inches long, 20 inches wide, 38 1/2 inches high at front of game and 42 inches high at rear of game. A coin view window allows detection of slugs.
Manufacturer: A.B.T. Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, Illinois, USA (1927-1962)
Date of Manufacture: February, 1934
Players: February, 1934 / 1
Year: 1934
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: A rotating handle on the front of the cabinet allows the player to pivot a small section of the playfield side wall, the "rubber banking cushion", to adjust the angle in which the ball leaving the shooter lane enters the playfield. This pivoting flange can be positioned to be flush with the side wall, or perpendicular to it, or at any angle in between. It takes many rotations of the handle to adjust the angle, thus it would be something done prior to shooting the ball into play and not while the ball was in motion. The propelled ball will bank against the flange, hopefully towards the desired score hole area. Four of the score holes have rubber housings around their upper side such that balls can only fall into them if rebounding from below, a difficult feat on this flipperless game. A ball falling through any hole will roll down the drain board over any or all of five rollovers. The score reel advances 200 points for each rollover. The red post at the bottom of the playfield is stationary and scores no points when hit. Balls draining below it score no points. The score reel mechanism has two dummy zeroes in its display. It also contains a rubber wheel of embossed score values and an inkpad. When a new game is started, the previous game’s score is recorded in ink on a paper tape reel. The tape, which is not reusable, slowly unspools over the course of many games into a storage compartment provided for it. This tape allows the operator and the location to agree on what final scores were obtained and, because payouts were paid by the location, this feature was advertised by the manufacturer as a solution to any disputes regarding collections. Reportedly, this game has an electric tilt mechanism. When activated, the top part, visible to the player, shows the word "TILTED". Its internal mechanism is boxed in, apparently inaccessible to even the operator. We asked a game owner how this mechanism detects a tilt violation and how it resets, and his reply says it best: I, and others, cannot see how the tilt works. There is a rod that goes from the readable tilt down through a hole in the bottom of the inside of the front door. This space is not accessible anywhere that anybody can see. Not from the top, side or even under the game. No access screws. Nothing. The hole the rod goes through is the same size as the rod, preventing it from moving side to side like a conventional pendulum tilt. Your guess is as good as any. It is electric, but the wires are not attached. The top part of the tilt is reset by the coin slide being pushed in. The playfields for Autobank, Autocount, and Autowhirl used the same cabinet and were interchangeable. The operator could buy another playfield to fit in his existing cabinet.
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