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Re: Peter Simper

Postby phantom » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:13 pm

phantom wrote:Does anyone know of the significance of the RAF F4 Phantom and Westland Wessex helicopter on the front?
Operator Bell wrote:Ah, don't let the Navy hear you say that. It's a Fleet Air Arm Phantom. 'Course, young people of today would automatically assume it's RAF because Britain doesn't have any through-decks.

I would take a wild guess that this model with this artwork was intended for a Naval Officers' club somewhere.
I guess the picture on the front with a title saying 'Royal Navy Phantom takes off from HMS Ark Royal' should have given me a clue!

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby glittering-prize67 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:25 pm

Some pics of my Peter Simper if interested. I've done some work to this and it works spot on. They were great machines. I've put a close up of the unit that controls the payout percentage.
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Re: Peter Simper

Postby malcymal » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:58 pm

I've seen many Peter Simper machines in my time, most had quite gaudy odd graphics on the front that wouldn't look out of a place on my grandmother's wall. I saw one for sale in Portsmouth that had a massive 50p jackpot in tokens for £145 which had a belly glass image that looked like something out of a church, strange indeed. My dad was a policeman in the 70's and helped run the emergency services social club bar whereby funds to buy and sell cheap beer came from Peter Simper club machines, bar billiards and making money from the snooker table lights (metered). From memory, they pretty much fitted any graphic they liked in the front and when I was taken along as a young lad, every month seemed to have a different image; it was certainly not a different machine so maybe the imagery was as simple as swapping a picture in a frame? Dad (RIP) always had an uncanny knack of knowing when to play the machine with me, probably knowing a bit more about the compensator meter and I remember many times us taking home a brown paper bag full to brimming with 5 pence coins which were promptly invested in Dinky Cars.

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby operator bell » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:19 pm

The most idiosyncratic thing about PS machines, to me anyway, was the way you had to push down and hold the operating handle before you could select the holds (that would be machines with the rocking handle on the front). Then the game played when you released it. If you were a bit hasty or your hand slipped, you could miss the hold, as happened to me once. I had two PS's I was about to hold and someone bumped me from behind making me let go the handle, so I missed the hold and the third one came in. He was bigger than me, or I might have committed murder. Fortunately, the regulator did its job and the jackpot showed up on its own five plays later.

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby malcymal » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:27 am

Fascinating story Operator Bell. The rocking start handle was cool. Didn't the PS hold buttons light up in green, blue or red lights too?
I also remember these types of starting handles on the ACE machines of the same era, in a way, their imagery quite similar with the large display images, such as Monte Carlo, Concorde etc.
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Re: Peter Simper

Postby glittering-prize67 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:49 am

The holds and nudges on mine are green, but it has a feature where an amber light flashes and when pressed it auto holds and pays again. The amber light will only flash on a win.

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby martinpegrum » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:48 am

It is with fond memories that I write to you all. I used to be a "Peter Simper" engineer. We worked in Milk Street, Bath and I mainly covered the South West Area. Let me start with a few people that of course Mr Peter Simper Senior a genuine gentleman, and his wife. In my days he had a Ferrari. Peter Simper Junior his son, ran 'round in a Lotus Cortina.

Please may I ask if any of my old colleagues wish to get in touch, Please feel free to come into my facebook KickingDonkey Eagle. I enjoyed my life working for Peter Simpers. I will list people that I knew and then the Fruit Machines and Juke Boxes I worked with. Chris Powell, a great guy and his wife Maureen; Bud Holly, workshop Manager; Roger Gately, sales; Reg Thorn, research and development; two carpenters; store man Roy... other engineers; John Cowley; Joaby- Dave Powell.; Ann Haris. Peter Simper senior's secretary used to live next door to me at 17 Kenningtoon Road, Lower Weston. I lived at number 18! Johnny....?.. a collector; Ian .... young lad from Foxcombe Rd; I remember Billy Goodchild, customer, had many arcades throughout the South West.

Machines: Jennings One Arm Bandits, Bally Gold Award club machines, Rowe AMI Juke Boxes, the little Cadet, many pin-tables. I had a natural aptitude with fault diagnoses and repairs. I loved the job. I have had a good life since, and retired from a company that I founded called Alert Systems, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. I was founder member and Technical Director. A local businessman, Terry Brake, joined me and pushed the company forward. I live in a beautiful area in the Philippines now, retired, I am 65. It is always hot here and always fiestas and parties. Please feel free to contact me, sincerely.....Martin Pegrum

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby glittering-prize67 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:48 am

This Chris Powell - is he anything to do with Powell's Automatics, restoring old bandits and putting some on new themes?

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Re: Peter Simper

Postby operator bell » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:01 pm

Thanks for sharing, Martin! This thread is turning into best collection of PS memorabilia on the whole Interwebs.
martinpegrum wrote:It is with fond memories that I write to you all. I used to be a "Peter Simper" engineer.

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Peter Simper's Riverside

Postby robtroi » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:56 pm

Topic merged - Site Admin.

Hi!
This is a picture of my Peter Simper Fruit machine called Riverside
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And a picture of the Peter Simper Headquarters in Bath.
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