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Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby treefrog » Sat May 02, 2020 5:30 pm

May as well add this as never seen similar and slightly different to other catchers we have seen. Sold for £1120 today on eBay operating on half penny....

Is it English !PUZZLED! or maybe French, only based on some of the cabinet metalwork....
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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby john t peterson » Sun May 03, 2020 1:24 pm

What an unusual catcher. The composite balls would suggest that it is an early rather than late machine. I have my suspicions about the Chaplin character being original to the game. The bottom row of pins have been removed from the playfield. It is not possible to tell depth but from the picture, but it would appear that Charlie's hat sticks up above the bottom row. Is this why the pins were removed?

Also, the balls appear to be launched to the top from some form of striker at the bottom right. If that is the case, why have a ball entry hole at the top center of the play field? This is where the ball normally is introduced on the traditional Bajazzo but this game lacks the mechanism to transport the ball from the bottom of the play field to the inside top of the game.

Unusual, indeed. I'm voting for a modified Bajazzo or at least a game based on the genre.

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby gameswat » Sun May 03, 2020 3:03 pm

JP, this is one of the much simpler ball lift mechs, but obviously they wanted to keep the look of the game which was very popular. Plus didn't want to have to fully re-engineer the playfield to add in a pinball style arch. There is just a hidden runway behind the felt and that top hole is really the only place it can come out and then randomly fall either way.

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby john t peterson » Sun May 03, 2020 5:43 pm

I see that you are correct, Gameswat. What about Charlie Chaplin? Think he is original to the game?

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby gameswat » Sun May 03, 2020 5:52 pm

JP, yes good spot about the missing pins, why else would they have been removed? Looks like he has a wider two part mustache strangely? !PUZZLED!

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby lukas590 » Sun May 03, 2020 6:00 pm

I bought it.
I saw it for the first time in my life so I had to have it.
If anyone knows who produced it I will be happy to thank you for the information.

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby the-artful-dodger » Sun May 03, 2020 6:19 pm

Hi,
I know I’m new to this. I was very interested in it, but didn’t look right. The pins were removed for a reason. If something doesn’t seem right, there is a reason. That’s why I didn’t bid on it.

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby pennymachines » Sun May 03, 2020 8:06 pm

I'm afraid I can't shed any light on it, but it looks more British than German to me.

A couple more 'Chaplin catchers':
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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby brigham » Mon May 04, 2020 8:22 am

gameswat wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 5:52 pm
JP, yes good spot about the missing pins, why else would they have been removed? Looks like he has a wider two part mustache strangely? !PUZZLED!
I would suggest that the character ISN'T Charlie Chaplin.

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Re: Charlie Chaplin Catcher

Postby santelmann » Mon May 04, 2020 12:38 pm

gameswat wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 5:52 pm
JP, yes good spot about the missing pins, why else would they have been removed?
I think someone has used a J&M Bajazzo playfield to built up this machine.


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