Bally Manufuacturing Club (pre -1983)

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Bally Manufuacturing Club (pre -1983)


By TractorDoc

33 days ago



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#1 33 days ago

As I dive deeper into the pinball hobby I am gaining a growing appreciation for the early 80s/late 70s Solid State games.

I love a game with crazy ramps, video, modes, and a bunch of toys but sometimes spinners, drop targets, kick-outs, and pop bumpers can win the day. The original artwork is great to look at too -- I can lose track of time just looking at a game taking in all the details.

My first Bally was Flash Gordon -- I've since regretted selling but have a Paragon and Fathom to help fill the void.

Post pictures, repair tips, parts sources, etc. for these Classic Ballys here!

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#5 33 days ago

I hear ya. Perhaps they are too similar. Given the early Stern specific thread (also covered in above thread) I thought I'd try to focus on Bally only, but I get it.

#6 33 days ago

1977-1980 is my favorite Bally era.... Bally just seems to have had the best BG art, PF art, & definitely cabinet art of all the manufacturers at that time. To me they are the "Cadillac" of pinball machines from that era. I love my Sterns, but when you work on a Stern when used to working on Bally's it's pretty obvious how "cheesy" some of their stuff was in comparison, same feeling I get with Gottlieb of that era.

This is what I call "Bally Row" at the back of my pinball room. These are my 9 current Bally early SS's. Rest of my games are Sterns & 1 Williams.

Ground Shaker, Playboy, Silverball, & Evel Knievel have all been gone through pretty thoroughly. The other 5 are awaiting cabinet jobs, but play fine.

Ground Shaker has a CPR PF
Playboy has a clear coated overlay
Silverball has a clear coated overlay
Evel Knievel has an NOS PF
Mata Hari has original PF soon getting a Hardtop
SuperSonic has Clear coated overlay
Six Million Dollar Man has Clear coated factory PF
Night Rider has original PF
Paragon has original PF awaiting a CPR.

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#7 33 days ago

weatherbymag -- Your games are stunning -- Fantastic Collection!

#8 33 days ago

I have worked on hundreds of early Bally electronic pins. 1977 - 1982 are my favorites. I started buying pick up truck loads of projects (5 - 7). Junk the worst to get better games going. I sell everyone I get, since they usually come back for service down the road. I miss Paragon #1001, which sold to a guy in Ottawa. Had 2 Spectrum pins, 1 in a fire, & I junked both after dropping a perfect glass. Right now I am fixing up my Silverball Mania out on location, & trying to piece together another one. Been at the hobby/business over 20 years now.

#9 32 days ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

I hear ya. Perhaps they are too similar. Given the early Stern specific thread (also covered in above thread) I thought I'd try to focus on Bally only, but I get it.

S’OK... I’ll be following both

Just letting newbies know where they can also find more info on their systems.

#10 29 days ago
Quoted from WeatherbyMAG:

Night Rider has original PF

I really need a few pics of the underside of the playfield, at the lower pop bumper.

Somehow during my re-theming of the playfield, a couple of wires got broken loose...and of course, of the 100 pics I took, I can't fine that one.

If you can help me out I'd appreciate it immensely.

Thanks.

Robert

#11 29 days ago

Two of my favorite games are Mr.Ms. Pac-Man and Elektra. I think I have owned close to 20 early Bally machines in the last 15 years.

#12 29 days ago

Please close this so we dont have to follow two bally threads

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#13 4 days ago
Quoted from Chalkey:

Please close this so we dont have to follow two bally threads

Recently acquired a Bally Mystic. Not a game that was on the wish list but so far I like what it has to offer. Spent a good couple hours playing over the weekend.

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A couple games within the game -- almost like going for several modes at once.

1. Collect Stars (four on the playfield) for points, extra balls, or credits
2. Captured Ball awards points, multipliers, and credits
3/4. Light eyes or pyramids on the card by hitting drop targets -- light them in a row (or the entire card) to increase bonus scores.

Plus there are two spinners and the kickout for a little variety. Surprised this game is not more popular. . .

#14 4 days ago

This game looks sweet!

#15 4 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

This game looks sweet!

That game is sweet.

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