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Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:00 pm
by woodcutter
Hi, I'm new to this forum from the UK and just wanted to share my machine with everyone.
Its a Sega Speculator which I have had a couple of years now. I don't know anything about it and cannot find any info on the net about this particular Sega model and have never seen another for sale. It works well mechanically but I suspect the electrics could do with some attention soon.
It has a 'Feature' function where you select 1, 2 or 3 to guess if a speculator symbol appears on that reel at which you win 18 coins. Anyway, here are some pics (sorry about quality). If anyone has any more info about this machine I'd love to hear about it.

Kris

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:45 pm
by treefrog
Welcome to the site,

I recall seeing a similar modified machine before and am sure there was previous postings of such a machine on the site. Not sure it is Sega, but a Lite-Up UK variant and this may well be a modification on top of that. I am sure there will be some electrics inside which may indicate how this feature works, so would be good to see some pictures of the mechanism..

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:18 pm
by woodcutter
Thanks for the reply, that gives me another angle to look into. I assumed it was a Sega due to looking similar to other models. The feature keeps the play very much more interesting so nice to have it. I did think the three selection buttons looked retro fitted but the rest of the feature is very well intergrated into the machine.

The way it works is that on each reel there is a "Select Reel" icon, when one lands on the win line it activates the feature. You then need to select reel 1, 2 or 3 using the buttons, your selection is shown by a lit area on the top box. Then you spin again and if the "Speculator" icon from your chosen reel lands on the win line you get an 18 coin payout.
I will try and get some more photos up of the inside soon.

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:01 pm
by malcymal
I had something similar with an electric payout when a feature was lit. I suspect its a British made machine in the same guise as a Sega, however many of the parts are not interchangeable with a Sega, such as the rear hood, the base plate for the mech is different, as are the interconnections from the complete inner mechanism to the coin acceptor, whether that be a shefra type mech, or a escalator, etc. I think the general consensus with my one way back years on this forum is that mine was a Berkeley, of course, I can only 'speculate' : ) that Berkeley is the maker of yours. Either way, its a nice looking machine you have got, unusual and thanks for sharing. Malc

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:47 pm
by slotsoffun
Shame the poster never got back with pictures of insides!

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:36 pm
by slotalot
Hi, as some of you will know I am not really into bandits, but I have been asked by Freddy Bailey to pass on this little bit of interesting information about the Speculator.
Stuart,
on the pennymachines website, a guy was looking for some in formation about a fruit machine he as called "Speculator" can you respond and tell him it was a conversion made by Instone & Ashby Ltd, in 1966 they worked very closely with Marty Bromley who owned Sega, they also did the "Lucky Devil" and "Money Matador" conversions. These conversions were developed to get around the 10 token payout law in the early 1960's.

Freddy

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:54 pm
by treefrog
Following on from Freddy's info see the flyer I have for the Cherry Picker conversion from Instone's and as stated they did the Speculator, Can can and Lucky Devil as well. The price at the time for the kit was £59 as written

Re: Seeking info about my Sega Speculator

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:05 pm
by pennymachines
An example from last Sunday's sale.