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Bryans Grand National

Postby fruitbowl » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:41 pm

No prizes for guessing what machine this started out as yes a Bryans clock,
I've been collecting slots for a number of years now and always thought my clock is the most boring machine in the collection so I decided to do something about it and make it more interesting,so out went the clock face and fingers and in went the horses,
6 in all paying out 2d 4d 8d & jackpot 24d.
Yes I'm happy with the finished job looks good and plays well no problems.
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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby gameswat » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:24 pm

Normally I don't like to see machines getting played around with, but in this case I don't think anybody will miss one less Clock in the world! Just a case of coin-op hotrodding really, looks good but a little too shiny for my taste. I have a Yank friend who even turned down one for free because he thought so little of them. I did try to get that machine myself to ship home to Oz but was long gone by that point.

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby john t peterson » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:50 pm

Super job, Fruit bowl! I love it. For your next modification, I'd like to see the Clock with the same presentation but adding a gun so that a clever shot knocks over the rider and pays out. Just like fox hunting but the reverse where the prey is now the hunter. You could even put an orange wig on one of the riders and call him "The Donald."

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:58 pm

I agree with Gameswat - there are enough Clocks about to allow a bit of imaginative revamping. I was tipped off about one on ebay last night, in Southampton, around £50 with a couple of hours to go - I didn't bother to check it out. :o

I think yours is very much in the spirit of a showman's revamp and certainly adds a bit of spice to the old game. It looks cool, but I'd have preferred the oak cabinet. Maybe it wasn't oak?

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby badpenny » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:04 am

Nice idea, and well executed.

I think The Clock is one of the most unappealing games.
I have only ever played one once in anger, and that was at Dave Hooper's portable arcade at The NEC American/Juke Box show probably in the early 90s. He gave me a free pot of pennies to play with.

Crazily over the years I have owned 4 I think, they always came as part of job lot and I moved them on asap.

Your game looks a lot more appealing, however I'd lose the Bryans tag on the label.

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:45 pm

On the other hand... although the unmodified Bryan's Clock is commonplace, the first one I saw fascinated me and launched my lifelong obsession with vintage coin-op. I still find them attractive, especially early ones with nice figured oak veneer fronts. The design may have been primarily a disguise, but seeing time speed up (accompanied by the wonderful ratta-tat-tat of the inertial escapement) as you await the outcome is quite surreal and appealing. Place next to a Bryan's Tick Tock to complement the theme.

I don't think they're any more boring than a one arm bandit :shock: once you've mastered that skill button. !?!

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby 13rebel » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:14 pm

I thought I was the only fan of the much maligned clock. /Hi5\

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby brigham » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:51 pm

I'd love a Bryan's Clock. It combines two of my childhood obsessions!
Are those Escalado horses, by the way?

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby badpenny » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:39 pm

Hello Brigham ....

Welcome to the best corner of the planet.
It's a very small corner and we're all happy to hunch up a bit to make room for you.

I've never seen a horse on a Bryans Clock and would be intrigued to learn about what you've experienced.
Tell us about yourself, have you machines?
What were your other childhood obsessions?
What's your PIN number?

Again welcome ...

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Re: Bryans Grand National

Postby brigham » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:13 am

The horses are on a homebrew machine called 'Bryan's Grand National', there's a thread on it.
I was obsessed with slot machines, clocks, cards, television and just about anything mechanical, obsolete or both.
Traces still remain to this day.
I have some Jamieson's wall machines, Sega 'high-tops', a couple of Ozzy Starlights on tanners, plus some floor-standing electric types from ACE, Bell-fruit &c..
...Oh! AND a Peter Simper!


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