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Re: Clown Catcher payout conversion

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arrgee wrote: Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:12 pm Definitely not a faded red or green as the hidden and unexposed edges are a slightly darker brown
Cool, well there's a little more variation than I thought! I've never turned up anything with a brown or gold felt sadly. But I've had some that sure did look like it until I removed some trim.
arrgee wrote: Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:12 pm Maybe when the 'roaring 20s' came along and then the Art Deco era manifest itself, that is when the colour changed to the more vibrant red or green.
Except those two colours were well and truly entrenched already on the Pickwick circa 1910 onwards, which I've only seen in red or green also..... !PUZZLED! :!?!: If you have some early serial numbers for the brown backgrounds and only later serials for the red and green then we could start to build up some kind of timeline. But I imagine it's likely more a case of whatever they got a good deal on at the time.
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Re: Clown Catcher payout conversion

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In a previous topic Fredslija passed on a claim that German pre-WW1 Clown plush was green; post-WW1, red. It should at least be possible to disprove this, if there are Clowns with original green plush with later serial numbers than any with original red plush...

And this from JC:
JC wrote: Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:14 amOn the subject of the colour of velvet used, I too have heard this, although I think Fredslija has got it slightly wrong. I understand (as the story goes) machines built prior to WWI had brown velvet; the small number built during the war had red, and all those built after the war had green velvet. This is probably confused by the relatively large number of machines that have been restored over the last thirty-odd years, although it should be easy to tell whether a machine's velvet is original.
My impression is that British-made Clowns tend to have red plush whereas most (if not all) German-made Clowns have green plush. !PUZZLED!



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Handan-Ni Clown identified

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Hello
I have just found this site, what fun.
Please can anybody help with some info?
I attach a pic of a machine I bought about 20 years ago. It has an allwin type trigger to launch the ball. As I have not located another whilst looking on the internet, l hope somebody can help.

I had the old metal around the penny slot replaced. The old one says Brevete SGDG, so I guess it's French. The door is slightly warped - any suggestions? Also I use a ball bearing to play. This drops so fast, would this have been used originally?
Anyhow it's working.
Thanks
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please.

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Barry,

Welcome to PennyMachines. If you type "Bajazzo" into the search function in the Forum, you will find a wealth of information on your machine. There were several different iterations of the clown catcher as you will find. Yours is a nice one.

Regards,

J Peterson
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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I don't think I've seen that one before, but this heavily restored French clown, like yours, does not run on a ball, and requires the player to project the ball upwards with a trigger. I think it has had the ball added (notice the thin string, also added, for it to run on).


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This British shield catcher is a forerunner to the clowns.
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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Hello and thank you both.
I looked through the forum but could not find one like mine.
I see the similarities on the two you have posted.
The case is stamped 192 on the side. I attach a pic of the mech in case anybody can perhaps identify.
Any alternative to the heavy ball bearing?
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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The ball will drop just as fast whatever it's made of, so I wouldn't worry about that.
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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Hi
Yes I see your point.
It's also that the BB gets quite a wack from the timber peg to send it up.
I see the peg is mushrooming at the top, perhaps a steel BB was not the original material or I will try rubber top on the peg which will be a bit kinder?
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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Unusual mechanism. I imagined it to be coin return, not token payout. I haven't seen a Clown use anything other than steel balls. Could be the ball is too small? It looks so, against the ball separator.

With regard to the door warp - perhaps a piece of wood as an end stop inside the top right corner of the cabinet (or a strip inside the length of the left side) would keep it straight when locked. Otherwise a combination of clamping, moisture and heat may be the answer. Some ideas here.
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Re: Clown Catcher, info please

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The "Brevete SGDG" coin insert was a typical purchased part, used for various machines.

Are the fixing screws for the knobs (three per knob) slotted, or seemed they to be unusual?
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