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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby riche100 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:34 am

Wicked :) .. Played it a lot last night. My mum came over with my dad and she loved the machine.

Coins kept getting stuck in coin slots - I think it's because no coins have been through them in a long time. Also to mention, the sliding shelf seems to slide a long way back and lift slighty the small top shelf. Is this common?

If not, how do I rectify?

As for the coin slots, even though simple, I'm having trouble setting them for pennies, so that pennies go in every time down the rails and into the machine. Can take a picture if helps?

rich :)

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby pennymachines » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:34 pm

Some close-ups might help us resolve those problems.
Also, if you post a full picture of the machine with the front on, I'll add it to the Mini Pusher article and credit you with a year's free access to the Arena.

It's now clear from your pictures that this is not a counter-top on a stand, but a single unit floor stander. I'm sure it's the same game that the original poster in this thread was asking about, so it's not a one-off prototype as the New Zealand seller suggested. The similarity to the Jezzard Mini Falls leads me to speculate that Dennis Jezzard designed it when he worked for Cromptons and then produced it as a countertop machine when he set up his own business, later changing the name to Mini Cascade. The classic triple tiered arrangement makes it an enticing game to play. Nice find.

A few days ago I saw another small floor-standing one-station pusher made by Jamiesons but, frustratingly, I can't remember where. Ebay perhaps?

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby riche100 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:07 pm

Hello there . Wow that's so nice of you. Here are some pictures of my machine. I bought it from a free ads paper. It was described as simply a Cromptons one player pusher. I was expecting a big new thing. I'm very happy it wasn't and it's this :)

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby pennymachines » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:06 pm

Wow! That's quite a bell!
Thanks for the pictures - you can now log into the Arena.
pennymachines wrote:A few days ago I saw another small floor-standing one-station pusher made by Jamiesons but, frustratingly, I can't remember where. Ebay perhaps?
Maybe I was thinking of this Royal Jubilee pusher sold in the Elephant House 2011. Apparently made at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, but I don't know by whom...
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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby riche100 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:19 pm

Thanks for the Arena pass :) ..

My mate owns that Jubilee pusher ... if not the exact same one, he deffo has one :)

I love my Mini Falls :)

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby pennymachines » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:33 pm

I wonder if your mate knows who made the Royal Jubilee?

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby riche100 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:42 pm

You've actually linked to his video off YouTube.

I will ask Mike if he knows. He may be a member here, so if he's reading, I'm sure he will respond himself. He did mention to me he knew it was made for the jubilee year :)

I know he loves the retro styling and colour of it...

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby flippa_winna » Wed May 08, 2013 7:52 pm

Royal Jubilee was manufactured by Alca Electronics Limited of Oldham, Lancashire in 1977.

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby badpenny » Wed May 08, 2013 9:04 pm

Thanks for that and welcome to Pennymachines.

A quick squint at them on Google indicates they also were involved in pinballs and video games.
Do you know anything else about them?

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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Postby flippa_winna » Thu May 09, 2013 8:49 am

Thanks for the welcome. Have been a follower of the site for a while and there's some real interesting stuff gets posted here.

Alca manufactured pool tables, fruit machines, video games and pushers. Their demise was in 1982.

My main interest is pushers. As well as the Royal Jubilee single player pusher Alca also manufactured a 4 player square pusher called Lucky 10.

Returning to the single player Royal Jubilee pusher of 1977, it was aptly named as it was the Queen's Silver Jubilee in this year. There were three horizontal coin entries to insert pennies in. If your penny (new penny) was lucky enough to trigger the microswitch on the way down the coin run, in the centre, then a higher denomination coin would be released onto the pusher box (this coin would more than likely have been the old 10p coin as the new smaller 10p's hadn't come out by then and the £1 coin didn't come in to circulation until 1983). Those 10p coins were stored in a tube directly behind the coin run, the microswitch triggering a solenoid which in turn dispensed the coin. In the top right corner was a change slot where you inserted an old style 10p coin and received ten pennies in a separate cup, which was situated to the right and lower down than the actual payout cup. The machine was also alarmed.


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