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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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I agree the BB does look very small in the pics. Worth trying a more ‘normal’ size one and seeing how it works. It might also slow the fall a little as a larger ball will get more jostled by the pins.
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My Clown Catcher is similar except it doesn't have a 'flicker' to raise the ball to the top. It certainly makes the mech a lot simpler to do it this way. You can see from the attached photo how much extra metalwork is needed to raise the ball to the top of the machine with the T shaped knob.

The tube on the left holds the tokens so I don't think yours can be a coin return - it appears it is intended to return tokens, like mine. I did read somewhere that dispensing coins from a machine required a special license in Germany and this is why tokens were used instead. Could be totally wrong, of course, like so many of these stories.
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Yours is the 'standard', most common (but very nice) Jentzsch & Meerz version.
tallstory wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:57 amI did read somewhere that dispensing coins from a machine required a special license in Germany and this is why tokens were used instead.
Certainly tokens were more likely to be tolerated than cash payouts.
geofflove wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:41 am I agree the BB does look very small in the pics. Worth trying a more ‘normal’ size one and seeing how it works. It might also slow the fall a little as a larger ball will get more jostled by the pins.
If fired with the same force, it will also decelerate more quickly on its upward path.
santelmann wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:52 am The "Brevete SGDG" coin insert was a typical purchased part, used for various machines.
To my mind, that is the only part of the machine that suggests it's French. The cabinet doesn't look like fruit-wood, the distinctive trigger can be seen on several Handan-Ni games, and even the mechanism has a British feel to it. Are the English instructions hand written or printed?
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I have just caught up with this post and hope the following will help. A lot of the observations seem to be correct, firstly the machine is English not French, secondly it is I believe a rare Handan Ni machine. I am posting pictures of my machine, which you can see the ball launch on yours seems to have been altered. Does the twisting lever half way up right hand do anything? On mine it launches the ball via a complicated mechanism. This causes the hammer, as yours, to fire the ball the full height of the machine (on mine the spring is not strong enough to take the ball into play) but as the machine is unrestored in any way I can see, I have not tried to replace it with a stronger spring. The ball is NOT a steel ball bearing but a composite ball. The token payout is with Handan Ni tokens, which are significantly smaller than normal clown tokens and the payout cup on mine is classic Handan Ni. If I can help with any additional pictures of mech., please ask. Your machine seems to have a token tube but not connected. What diameter is your tube?
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Sweetmeats - your Clown is now in the Museum. !THUMBS!
Interesting that Handan-Ni made two variants. Suggests they made quite a few.
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I had one which I always thought was Handan-Ni. Same hardware and case as sweetmeats but a bit nicer looking :D
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And another.
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Wow! And all four different. :o
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daveslot wrote: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:56 pm Same hardware and case as sweetmeats but a bit nicer looking :D
Added to the Museum.

Another British Clown - this one apparently from the Phoenix Works, Birmingham.
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The Phœnix Works
Coin Automatic Machine Manufacturers
38 Hurst Street
Birmingham.
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