Bajazzo Clown wall machines

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Re: Bajazzo Clown

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I was going to post photos of my Bajazzo and Clown token collection showing unique serial numbers, but very hard to take group shots showing them all clearly. Anyway while researching something else I came across this website again with lots of good token and machine info. Here are links to multiple photos of Bajazzo and Clown tokens.

Bajazzo - https://sites.google.com/site/malsmach2/bajazzo
Clown - https://sites.google.com/site/malsmach2/clown

The site has tons of great information: https://sites.google.com/site/malsprojects/
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Re: Bajazzo Clown

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I find generally speaking they scan better than they photo.

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A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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Hello everybody,

A friend of me shown me a slot machine like Bajazzo catcher but the clown is not the same and the mechanism is a little different. I link a picture of this new type of clown (I search but don't find it !).
Could you help me if you have already saw it?
Thanks a lot.
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Re: A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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Looks like the Queen's husband... Prince Phillip!!
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Re: A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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Yes, why's the Duke of Edinburgh wandering around in his dressing gown? Never seen the like. I wonder what is 'a little different' about the mechanism.
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Re: A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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He is getting used to his new hip.
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Re: A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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Hello,
The mechanism that provide the ball is a column full of.. balls (on the right). Happy that this clown is well known in GB. :HaHa:
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Re: A new type of Bajazzo Clown

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Yes, that's an unusual Clown mechanism. I'd like to see this game from the front.
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Clown Catcher payout conversion

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Hello everyone,

I have been a fan and member of this wonderful website since 2009, so I hope you will not think I’m being a bit too hasty in sending my first post!

I have had this Clown Catcher for about 30 years, but have only just managed to gain access to it. I know there has already been a lot written about this type of machine, but I have not found anything which relates to the type of conversion which this one seems to have had at some point in its life, and I would appreciate any comments from the members.

What I found is that the tube and payout slide for the tokens has been removed, and it has had a 1/2d payout slide fixed below the coin chute exit, so it now plays and pays out in 1/2d’s. I am guessing it would also have had a bell (removed when the damper tube was relocated), which I think would be quite straightforward and nice to reinstate. The rest of the mechanism appears to be untouched and is in very nice condition.

On the front playfield, the chute where the tokens would roll down has also gone. The velvet has been replaced (presumably to cover the holes left when chute was removed), although there are one or two places underneath where you can still see traces of old velvet in a browny-red colour. The instruction card and any spandrels it might have had are also long gone. (Glass removed for photos).

I would appreciate members views as to whether you think it would be worth trying to get it back to token payout (assuming I could source the parts) or just leave it as it is? Also any thoughts as to age and maker? I can find no markings at all, except for a few barely-legible letters and numbers stamped into the inside back of the case, and RH272 on one of the levers.

Any information would be greatly received! I think it is a lovely machine and it definitely will not be going back into storage!

Regards,
Kevin.
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Re: Clown Catcher payout conversion

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Welcome to Pennymachines, Kevin. You certainly saved yourself for an excellent first post.

Your game is Bajazzo by Jentsch & Meerz of Leipzig. If you've been on the site for 10 years, I'm sure you suspected such to be the case. I am a huge fan of catcher games and Bajazzo is one of the most charming.

While I appreciate and admire games in their original state, I am not an "originalist." I prefer to keep my games in their state as found, unless such state is an unmitigated disaster. A little tidy up is sometimes necessary but I like the story a machines tells us by way of its appearance and condition. These were machines of commerce and they reflect the times in which they earned a living.

As you correctly noted, your game has been refurbished and modified from the original. Personally, I would keep it in its current condition and search for another that is unmodified. That way, you could compare and contrast the two as an educational tool for those who might be interested. It would also save you a lot of time and expense attempting to restore your game with parts that will be very difficult to source.

That's just my opinion. There will undoubtedly be others arguing for a different result. Such is the strength of our hobby.

Kind regards,
J Peterson
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