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Jennings 8 Ball Special with free play feature

Postby clubconsoles » Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:54 pm

Anyone seen one of these before? Cannot find another example on the web.
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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby badpenny » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:00 pm

From the photo it looks like every Governor out there apart from the top flash.
To see inside would be really interesting, I've not come across a Jennings' mech that dishes out free plays.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby clubconsoles » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:08 pm

BP, I am trying to arrange a viewing. It is part of an estate sale. It says an empty gap in escalator indicates free-play, so the hardware must be on the escalator! If I get to view it, will post the pics here!

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby geordy55 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:24 pm

Presumably the escalator has been modified so that when the space appears in the window, the coin stays where it is to force a free play, before the escalator then moves the coin along.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby badpenny » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:26 am

I see what you're saying Dave.
But how does the player know if they have a free play? I can't see anything on the reels to tell you. The gap in the escalator only appears because you've pulled the handle.
I'm imagining you put your coin in, pull the handle, but the escalator holds your coin back. The gap appears as the cycle starts. Then you can pull it again as your previous coin comes into play. Does the beginning of the escalator swing back so the coin locator finds the coin but the grip on the chain doesn't move it?
Or does a pin hold the coin, stopping it from dropping into the escalator, while at the same time holding back the coin locator?
Or something else?
Fascinating.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby aristomatic » Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:02 am

There was one of these at the EH Auction last September...
I've seen a few over the years but not had one on the bench.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby brigham » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:29 am

Can we have a close-up of the WORDING describing the 'free play' feature?
It may give us a clue.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby aristomatic » Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:41 pm

WATCH FOR FREE PLAY INDICATED BY BLANK SPACE IN THE ESCALATOR
I'm not sure if allowed to upload EH image?

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby badpenny » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:26 pm

Well I suppose it may be like the old gum vendors on the wall outside the newsagents by the school gates. They used to give out 2 packs every fourth turn.
I'm surprised this is the first time I've heard of it on a bandit (unless I've just forgotten). It seems a fair bit of kerfuffle without the advantage of tying it into a WIN on the reels, or making a song and dance about the benefit to the punter. And all to give away a free game?

Günter Wulff had a free spin option on Primus. But it was well advertised and appeared on the reel.

I once saw a Pace bandit that had a small sign painted on the case that said "Secret Plays!!" and when I opened it up the mech was disgustingly filthy with grease, grit and lazy springs. Totally lacking in any TLC, the coins weren't dropping from the gate, they were just queuing up beneath it. Relying on the coin above to push the line down towards the tube. Subsequently every now and again one would overlap one beneath and it would go into free play until the vibrations etc. unjammed it.
I suppose it would be easier to reach for the paint brush than remove the mech and do it properly?

I'd like to get to the bottom of this though.

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Re: Jennings 8 ball special with free play feature

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:06 pm

aristomatic wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:41 pm
I'm not sure if allowed to upload EH image?
Lot 132 in the Arena:
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