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TESTO INFORMATION WANTED

Postby fingermouse79 » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:05 am

Has anyone got any information about the TESTO?

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Postby pennymachines » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:54 am

I think most of it's already covered in this thread - except the manufacturer and exact period of production. Maybe someone will know.

The coin is returned if you stop within 21 feet. Get a friend to have a go and shout NOW! while they're waiting for the bell. Their reaction time will be destroyed for several minutes. :mrgreen:

As someone commented - there seem to be lots for sale all of a sudden - two more in the Coventry sale. Possibly because the original owner placed them in dozens of pubs and they were all pulled out together when the concession ended. Good time to buy one.
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found testo patent information!

Postby fingermouse79 » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:00 pm

How excited am I??? I have just spent several hours finding information about Testo reaction machines. Finally I found the patent using http://v3.espacenet.com

The following is summary of the patent describing the mechanism and I have also attached a picture too.
Abstract of GB786414
786,414. Measuring physiological reaction time. YLINEN, K. J. Aug. 23, 1956 [Aug. 26, 1955], No. 25763/56. Class 81 (2). [Also in Group XVIII] A physiological reaction time meter comprises a channel for a falling body, a support for the body at the upper end of the channel, manually operable means for withdrawing the support, means for delaying the withdrawal of the support after the manually-operable means has been actuated, means for giving a signal when the support is withdrawn and the body starts falling and a braking member extending along the channel for operation by the user on reception of the signal in order to stop the fall of the body, the distance fallen giving a measure of the reaction time of the user. A coin 5 is inserted at the top of the channel 4 and is supported by a pin 18 carried on one end of a spring 19 which is fixed at the other end to a frame. On pressing a push-button 29 the pin 18 is withdrawn, a second pin 22 carried by an arm 23 is inserted in the channel 4 to support the coin 5 and the push-button 29 is retained in depressed position by engagement of a suction cup 30 on the push button 29 with a plate 32. Air slowly enters the suction cup 30 through the clearance between a screw 34 and the plate 32 to destroy the suction seal so that the push-button 29 is returned to its initial position by a spring 25. The arm 23 then moves so that pin 22 is withdrawn from the channel 4 and a hammer 37 carried by the arm 23 strikes a bell 38 or operates a visible signal (not shown) to indicate the start of the fall of the coin 5. A lever 12 pivoted about a fixed point 10 and secured at one end to a movable bar 3 forming one wall of the channel 4 is held against a spring 14 by a pin 39 so that the movable bar 3 permits the coin 5 to fall. On receiving the signal the operator presses a push-button 41 which releases the lever 12 from the pin 39 so that the lever 12 is actuated by the spring 14 to move the bar 3 inwardly of the channel 4 and stop the fall of the coin 5. The movable bar 3 may alternatively be operated electromagnetically. A scale 44 calibrated in hundredths of a second is marked on a glass plate arranged over the channel 4. If the coin 5 is stopped in the channel 4 adjacent an electric contact plate 45, it closes a circuit which includes the movable bar 3 and operates prize delivering mechanism. If the coin 5 is stopped adjacent a tube 51, the coin is returned to the operator.
I hope this helps someone else.
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Postby margamatix » Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:59 am

THE TESTO REACTION METER HAS ARRIVED!!!!!

Initial reaction is that it is more compact than I had thought - I was imagining it would be allwin-sized, but in fact it is smaller, measuring 22" high, 12" wide and 3" deep. These smaller sizes are a good thing, as certain other people around the house do not share my enthusiasm for "old junk" (familiar picture anyone?)

The maker's mark, on the playfield glass reads "ABA" Arthur Brown Associated Companies, Llandudno GB.

An internet search found this reference re Llandudno:
What about Arthur Brown: Deganwy swimming pool, talent contests/water shows, zoo; Also Browns T.V.& radio/record shop in Mostyn St.; also into food vending. All in the "fifties"! What a businessman of his time!
Which would sound like a possible suspect.....

It works superbly, doing exactly what it is supposed to do and makes a lovely little addition to my modest collection. It appears to have been Ronsealed in the past, and this does not look original - could anyone suggest what the proper finish should be?

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testo finish

Postby fingermouse79 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:30 am

My Testo looks to have been finished in a coat of clear varnish or lacquer.

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Postby pennymachines » Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:51 am

Well done to you both.
Yippee! We now have the maker's name and the patent.
I'll put the patent on the Patents page and if one of you can supply a nice picture, I'll put it in the Museum.

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picture of testo

Postby fingermouse79 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:40 pm

Are already added on page 1!

So far has proved a great talking point for friends and family.

I am collecting many 2Ps.

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Postby margamatix » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:01 am

A couple of quick queries now I have had a chance to look over the Testo...

Firstly, the machine came with one key, which opens the lock on the side of the cabinet. The cash box appears to require a different key, is that right? The main key will however turn the cashbox lock by one-quarter of a turn- I presume it should move by half a turn, and that the cashbox should then drop downwards. Is that correct, or is the cashbox door hinged?

Secondly, it is possible to push the red button in too far, in that it will come out of its sleeve at the end of its travel. It will be a simple matter to fabricate something which will prevent this happening, but what should be stopping the red button from travelling this far?

Agree that this is a lovely machine, and a real bargain at the price too. A lovely and inexpensive addition to my small collection.

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testo red button

Postby fingermouse79 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:59 am

In answer to your questions:-

There are two keys. one for the cash box and one for the internal panel.

Cash box first - mine is a small Lowe and Fletcher key. Once inserted into the key box, it completes a 270 degree turn. The cash box lock is like a door latch and opens; the panel then pulls out, not hinged, but when you open it you will see it has a flap which sits in the wooden recess.

When you take the back panel off, you will note that there is a block of wood which sits on the wall mounting. This sits behind the red button (stopping it going too far), otherwise, yes - you could push it past the point and stretch the spring.

The block is 1 1/2 inches square and is attached with wood glue.

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Postby margamatix » Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:14 pm

Thanks - I have removed the interior shield and had a look at the back of the coinbox lock. I will pop to the locksmith tomorrow and see if he can sort me out a key.

I imagined that the button stop would be as you described, but on mine it is missing. I have now fabricated a wooden stop, and this is currently clamped in place while the glue dries.

I do not know what to do about the Ronseal finish. It truly is appalling, is obviously not original, and whoever did it, did not even bother to follow the grain of the wood, leading to circular muddy brown swirls all over the front of the machine. I will probably re-do it but will reflect on this first.

On the positive side, it does have the traditional "neglected whole fag" burns on the top, which adds a wonderful air of period authenticity!


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