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Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby toibs » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:08 pm

Hi all,

Haven't been here for a while... good to see all the usual suspects still here. I will make more of an effort to visit more frequently and contribute more as long as life allows me to. :)

After some advice... have been offered a Jennings, and hoping to go visit tomorrow, however after a steer on pricing as these seem to be all over the place... How much would YOU expect to pay for this please??

Chroming seems to be the issue really... I'm not sure on functionality until I get to play...

Also, what is there to check and look for on these please?

Edit : Search shows the following... Check doors and bonnet, light functionality, mech smooth, does jackpot work, wood condition, original locks/keys?

Still interested to hear thoughts on what you would pay for it though. :)

Many thanks to all, and a Happy New Year :)
Cheers
Paul
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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby badpenny » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:42 pm

There's at least one on old 6d coming up in The March Coventry Auction.

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby toibs » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:55 pm

Thanks BP 👍🏻 Seems like this one is on new 5p, so I bet there’s been next to no modification to it... which is a good thing...

Any clues/pointers??

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Paul

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby radiochrissie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:36 pm

This is the old chestnut isn’t it? To me the condition is everything; poor chrome on these is expensive to rectify. So let’s say £500 to £600.
In fantastic condition with oak sides you could easily pay £1200.
But it is down to what YOU are willing to pay. These machines are readily fixable, so long as it is complete, plenty of people on here can do this and advice is always available.
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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby coppinpr » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:14 pm

The problem is with the chrome on these - it's notorious for being bad. General view is the base metal they used was poor and that led to a poor life span for the chrome.
All the points you mention must be taken into account and using Radio's guide lines find a price between his £600 and £1200, although from what we can see you might condense the bracket to £650-£850 (but bear in mind we can't see inside).

The top glass and award card are of course UK conversion replacements but they don't look bad. It's, as usual, on two plays for 5p, so unless the conversion was done correctly (not usual), it will have had the escalator tampered with, so check the coins move along correctly every time. Most likely, every other sprocket has been removed, which can mean the coins don't move on correctly unless the escalator is kept clean... Looks like the BARS in any position has been changed and the award card lists in amounts (50p) rather than number of coins (10), but nothing drastic on show externally. As is often said on the forum it's worth exactly what you want to pay which equals how much you want it, no more no less :D
For me... today... from what I can see... no more than £700 but then I've already got two. No room to put it and my wife would say "why have we got another one of those?" :lol:

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby toibs » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:16 pm

Many thanks coppinpr, radiochrissie, bp for the info/advice... Difficult, I know, based upon the scant information.
It seems to take new 5p coins, so must be a ‘fairly recent’ conversion as the new 5p has only been out for 29 years...

There’s must be a video somewhere of a smooth mech - will take a look and see but thanks again!! Will report back!

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Paul

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby treefrog » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:58 pm

Not sure what 5p you are talking about, but the jackpot is full of old shillings, same as escalator, unless this is not the same machine......

Testing play, pay and smooth action is the only advice as to operation, but I wouldn’t touch a Jennings with poor chrome. I had them in the past and got rid of them. I also prefer original chrome, not redone jobs, as they never look the same. Good honest marks on chrome is fine like the coin drop pitting below the coin entry. I would wait for a better one in my opinion. I also reckon this is one of the British revamps after decimalisation with the 5p conversion and probably a replacement ply cabinet covered in Formica...

Look in Arena and Elephant House site for prices - crazy in last few years.

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby toibs » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:58 am

treefrog wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Not sure what 5p you are talking about, but the jackpot is full of old shillings, same as escalator, unless this is not the same machine......
You know... you're right... I had looked fairly closely and thought it was on the newer smaller 5p - Hadn't seen that in fact it's the older 5p in use :o

It's that age old debate... Stick with one with chrome in "reasonable" condition for half the price of a better looking one.. horses for courses... Especially when as you say prices are crazy on these.. :!?!:

Thanks Treefrog - definitely a pause for thought there. :D

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:48 pm

But as it's on the original (pre-1990) 5p the coin gear has not been altered and is fine for the Shilling. !PUZZLED!

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Re: Jennings Governor... Price?

Postby badpenny » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:53 pm

I keep reading that prices are crazy on these.

For the sake of perspective, a rough one (even with the jackpot hacked off) would have commanded £500 in the mid 90s and a good example was £1K or even £1250.

In fact I'd stick my knees out and say I'm hard stretched to identify another machine that has dropped in value.

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