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Re: Peter Simper

Postby alex74 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:55 pm

It's nice to read about these Peter Simper machines. It's nice that people have recollections of them. Also what comes over is what a happy ship it was there. People seemed to have really enjoyed working there.

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby chris rideout » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:57 pm

My recollection was playing the PS machines in the local pubs around Hedge End and Botley, Hampshire. The machines paid out a jackpot of 24 pence in 2p tokens and that would buy 2 pints of brown ale or bitter in those days. (1972 or 1973) In "The Dolphin" pub, the PS machine had a lot of plums on the 1st reel and a "wild fruit" symbol (printed on a red disc background) on the 2nd reel. The PS symbol was printed on a blue disc background. I think there was a criss cross payout with the PS symbols but this is stretching my memory a bit. Does anyone remember which machine it could be?

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Reel Units

Postby voyager2017 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:44 pm

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I worked for Peter Simpers at Bordon in 1970-73 and made the reel units. Where I was working was a room of three stages. The cards were all soldered by the girls using single core wire covered by a coloured sheeth. I always wondered how they knew where to solder their point. I suppose they must have used a jig of some sorts.

Once finished and tested for dry joints they would come to me for general assembly. I would then knock out about eight units a day, then they would each go across the room for testing. They would all be connected on the test bay to listen for noisy solenoids, by the way another product made by Bordon Electrical, before haing their fruit bands stapled on.

My boss was Neal Coates followed by John Smith and a dear old mate Sandy Sherridan who handled the testing.
The General Manager at the time was Terry Jenkins who was also one of my adversaries on the football field.
Peter Simper was in partnership with Mr Hardy the FIAT dealer next door.

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Re: Peter Simper machines

Postby romeo_22 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:34 pm

I worked for PS Bath from Feb. 3rd 1969 to Dec.1991 when they sold out to Stretton Leisure. I have fond memories of the years I worked there and the engineers I worked with. As others have stated, Simper senior was a great chap to work for. I was only sad he didn’t live longer to progress the company into the 21st century. I’d be pleased to hear from any people that worked there at the time I did. Eddy Priest.

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Re: Peter Simper machines

Postby glittering-prize67 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:44 pm

I seen a couple on ebay. I had one a few years ago, very nice as well. Mine had a road theme with some traffic signs on the reels. To be honest, the cabinet looked more like a jukebox. I do believe that Simper did one off artwork on machines to suit where they were sited. I'm guessing mine may have been in a motorway services hence the road theme. Extremely well made and very reliable, certainly up with Bell Fruit in my opinion, but as mentioned, the electronics age killed them off and they were scrapped. The few survivors, I believe, were what some staff members managed to save. Great shame.

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Re: Peter Simper machines

Postby tony780 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:43 pm

Hi, just in case anyone's interested, I am selling an old PS machine that my dad left when he passed on. Needs some attention but somebody may be interested in it for parts/repair.
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Re: Peter Simper machines

Postby brigham » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:18 pm

I'm fascinated by these PS machines. I have one, and it has real character. You can hear all sorts of things ticking away during play. I looked inside once, and it was absolutely PACKED with gear.

Yours is 275 miles away, which is the only thing stopping me bidding on it. There was a 'Wild Anchor' by the same maker on not long ago, which was even further away. I suppose they are liable to be in the South or South-West. I never saw them in NE England at the time.

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby spinnaker » Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:18 am

chris rideout wrote:
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:57 pm
Does anyone remember which machine it could be?

Sounds like it could be a Spinnaker

Hi everyone!
Anyone have an idea how much a PS Spinnaker is worth?

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Re: Peter Simper machines

Postby moonriver » Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:33 pm

Although hard to find, you literally couldn't give them away until a couple of years ago. Now there seems to be a small niche of interest which, if the condition of the machine is good, seems to push prices achieved up around £50 to £150. They look massively over engineered inside and a load of dry joints to contend with to keep fully working.

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