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Robert Parris

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Hi everyone. I was just curious to know if anyone can suggest somewhere where I can purchase quality coin gaffs. I already use products by Kuepper's being that he's from around my area, and they are good. Roy is a real craftsman and I would highly recommend him, however I hear whispers every now and then of some excellent stuff stateside and just wondered if anyone could suggest the best people to look up. Thanks folks!
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I don't do a lot of coin work but some names to look up are Todd Lassen and Paul Tosi.
I hear only good things about Todd Lassen.
A friend of mine had coins made for him by Tosi so that's how I know of him. 
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I'm from the States and have used Roy Kuepper in Canada for some custom props. His work is top quality and stands equal to any body else.
My belief is that you should be making money to justify the cost. if not you can get pretty much anything from a dealer. Of course if you've got plenty of money, go for it.
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I think that most of us who buy coin gaffs tend to be loyal to whomever it is we buy from. Personally, I'm a Lassen guy. Always have been. Not just for coins, but also for his card gaffing geniis, presses, and other cool gadgets and gizmos. Top notch quality all around.
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Lassen guy here too. Every penny has been money well spent with him. Beautiful gaffs, and other stuff, like my N-Stripper jig.
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Yup! LOVE (!!) my N-Stripper Jig, as well. [smile]
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I do hear quite a bit about Lassen. I think I'll give him a try. I'm looking to get a good gravity flipper and after looking through his site, he looks to have some great stuff there.
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If you go with Lassen, call him at the number on his website. He has long had a reputation for lack of responsiveness via email, but very good via phone.

He is at the top of the class, in my book. The best in the business.
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I also he had great difficulty with Lassen on emails, even though I have 6 sets of his products. All top notch. Jamie Schoolcraft runs a bit more business minded outfit also of top notch quality
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I was lucky enough to contact him via Email for the first time when I ordered from him
and do keep track of his blog post, he usually has a great deal coming up from time to time
I got hold of one set of cheap Barbers expanded shell gaff by checking his blog
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Morris do you have the link to his blog? Is it linked to his site?
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https://coolotis.wordpress.com/

Here you go, this is his blog site

http://www.toddlassen.com/

this is his commercial site

if you type Todd Lassen on Google, these two link will pop up
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I'll go with Lassen.  Ever since the UF3 originally came out and his name became known I've purchased from him.  I was waiting a long time for him to make Kennedy '64 flippers, so I bought one "from someone else."  It wasn't good, so
I sent it back, received every excuse, didn't leave here like that, must have been dropped or mishandled (no on all points). 
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Another Lassen vote. The other guys make very nice stuff, but Lassen's tolerances are tighter than anything out there. I started with another custom guy, was pleased with his work, and still have a couple items, but over time came to understand why Lassen has the reputation he has, both as a craftsman and as someone who doesn't put up with **** from people. Call him and tell him what you're looking for.
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I should add.... If you're just looking for very good quality, not necessarily the very best, but very good, and don't want to bust the piggy bank or wait a long time for a custom order, Johnson Precision Magic is probably the best "bang for the buck" out there.
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Johnson's Precision Magic Products...

http://www.johnsonmagicproducts.com/shop/index.php

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I have an expanded shell half from Tango, best I've ever had. I've also heard Johnson makes good stuff
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I would also like to give a high recommendation to Joe Mogar. Huge selection in a wide variety of coins, excellent and quick service.

If he doesn't show something you want, ask and you'll likely receive.
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I should add.... If you're just looking for very good quality, not necessarily the very best, but very good, and don't want to bust the piggy bank or wait a long time for a custom order, Johnson Precision Magic is probably the best "bang for the buck" out there.


I bought a JPM cigarette through quarter 25 years ago and it still works like a charm and is as shiny as the day i got it
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What do you guys think of Roy kueppers product?  I need some expanded shells and the online magic dealer i have an account with doesn't sell JPM
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My favorite coingaff:

http://coingaffs.com/products/deans-set-barber-half

Superb quality, sure.

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Lassen is without a shadow of a doubt the very best you can get. Expensive? Yup. Easy to deal with him as a seller? Nope. Worth the agro? Definately. 
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Damian really summed it up for Todd, I do have to say though, that I've never had an issue with him as a seller. 
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What do you guys think of Roy kueppers product?  I need some expanded shells and the online magic dealer i have an account with doesn't sell JPM


I cannot speak for other product Roy put out, but I've purchase Roy's shell through a close friend
I was surprised how well the quality of the shell is
I have Todd Lassen's set, and both are way above any average gaff maker

If you have access to Roy, I would say go for it
but I have heard some time management issue from Roy before
I don't think that's the case now
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Damian really summed it up for Todd, I do have to say though, that I've never had an issue with him as a seller. 


Many report the same Tom. And for those that don't know about him, I guess I should clarify. The "hassles" you sometimes get is that he doesn't always respond to emails. Phoning him usually sorts it out though. So, not really massive hurdles to get hold of the best there is.
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I've always used Johnson products and have always been happy.

I've stopped doing Pencil Thru Quarter because there are so many different quarters in circulation. Can anyone offer a suggestion on how to re-introduce it into my act when there are so many state quarters in the pockets of specatators? Much appreciated.

Warren Bausert
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I don't do this, but a friend came up with this.  He would basically procure a bunch of quarters to match his gimmick.  When he would ask for a quarter, he'd make sure he got one from someone that wasn't studying their change too closely.
He'd miscall the state once he got the coin and at the end would make sure they got one of the quarters that matched the gimmick.
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Hi Tom,
Good suggestion, thanks.
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I've always used Johnson products and have always been happy. I've stopped doing Pencil Thru Quarter because there are so many different quarters in circulation. Can anyone offer a suggestion on how to re-introduce it into my act when there are so many state quarters in the pockets of specatators? Much appreciated. Warren Bausert


If you are unaware of Williamson's work on pencil thru quarter, I highly recommend you check it out. Simply brilliant. 
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A vote for Schoolcraft. Own three sets of gaffs from him. Looked at Tango, and would never buy them. Johnson gaffs get it done, used their ] for years. But Schoolcraft is the best I've ever seen and the re-edging, on the Dean sets, makes a huge difference in the ] sets. The re-edging also makes using dollar sized coins easier cause they are a slightly smaller diameter. 
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IMO, you can't beat Lassen quality. Maybe I'm biased because I know the guy, but I can give the gaffs out for inspection and know that no one is going to suspect anything. They are worth the money if you're actually working with them - they're also worth it if you just want great working gaffs.
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