Bingo Row at the 2018 York show!

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Bingo Row at the 2018 York show!


By bingopodcast

8 days ago



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    #1 8 days ago

    This is the fourth year that bingo pinball collectors from all over are coming together and bringing games for the public to play at the annual White Rose Gameroom show in York, PA!

    I am bringing two games - the Multi-Bingo, which has 142 different games, as well as three playfields - a standard 25 hole playfield which plays 105 different games, a 20 hole playfield, which plays another 16, and a 28 hole playfield, which plays an additional 2.

    United Caravan is also coming with me.

    As in years past, I am doing a giveaway to celebrate your achievement if you earn 4 or 5 in a row on any of the machines in Bingo Row - a limited edition print signed by the artist, ryanclaytor

    I am looking forward to seeing my bingo friends again, and playing a variety of beautiful games. Come say "Hi" and try your hand at these great games.

    #3 7 days ago

    bingopodcast I understand the unboxing is being streamed live. How do we view that?

    #4 7 days ago

    Can't wait to see the unboxing of this game.

    #5 6 days ago

    It was on the White Rose Gameroom show's Facebook page live. Should still be viewable. Had many people take photos and video.

    People are playing it and all is going well!

    #6 6 days ago

    Bingo row was great as always. Only problem is that i cant bring myself to shake someone else's 50 year old machine to ever do well. The nos machine was beautiful and had tbat new game smell tbat i cant describe.

    #7 6 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    It was on the White Rose Gameroom show's Facebook page live. Should still be viewable. Had many people take photos and video.
    People are playing it and all is going well!

    https://www.facebook.com/theyorkshow/videos/318240335653964/?q=white%20rose%20gameroom

    #8 6 days ago

    The unboxing was the center of attention on Friday. Amazing to see a brand new game that is that old.

    #9 5 days ago

    Wow! What an amazing show! I'm unloading today, and will post updates as soon as I am able.

    #10 5 days ago

    This is the first year I’ve ever really tried the bingo pins. I gotta say I loved them after someone taught me how to play!

    Now I just gotta get on board with owning something EM when I only fix SS stuff!

    #11 4 days ago

    We had many great and unusual games at the York show this year -

    United's Serenade, the only one known of its kind. It has a two card layout, but you can only select one card or the other. Thanks to Butch and Mike for bringing this gorgeous machine. The machine was a sample, and had multiple meters installed to track various items.
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    The Multi-Bingo - a one-of-a-kind machine that I created that can play all 142 bingo pinball machines in a single cabinet. I brought two additional playfields, but did not have time to swap them into the game during the show. 105 games can be played using the standard 25 hole layout with rollovers.

    United's Caravan - one of three games with the Roto feature - this was another of my games - it is very player friendly, with many features to help the player win.

    United's Starlet - the second of three games with the Roto feature - where Caravan has red diagonal scoring, Starlet has horizontal scoring that can score separately from vertical/diagonal. Thanks to Mickey for bringing the game!

    Bally Circus Queen - a Magic Screen game with an orange section that can score as green. I love the artwork and play options on this game. Thank you to Pete for bringing this machine!

    Bally High Flyer - a late-model six card - 8 coin max - the first game Bally produced with red diagonal scoring. Thanks to Chad, Len, Ed and Ed for bringing the game!

    Bally Bikini - a Magic Screen game - one of two with the Futurity feature. Instead of providing you with a red letter game immediately upon scoring in the orange section, Bikini and one other game will store the OK game for future use. You can continue to add to the OK game to build up and start a massive OK game using this feature. One of the games I learned to play on, and I'm always glad to play it. Thanks to Mickey for bringing this game!

    Bally Night Club - this was the first (and my favorite) Magic Squares game that I ever played. I love the quadruple scoring feature, Ballyhole (1st Extra Ball is free!), and of course the mechanical animation of the Squares themselves. This is the same game that I played back in 2012 and pulled me deeper into my bingo addiction. Thank you to Jeffrey for bringing the game!

    Bally Miss Universe - this is an unusual game - only 3 balls, so getting the spotted numbers feature is very helpful. The 18 hole layout is unique (Bally had another game planned called Continental with the same layout, but did not produce them). Thank you to Jim for bringing the game! Someone racked up over 1000 credits on this game.

    And of course the brand new Bally Silver Sails - this was still in the box, to be publicly opened on Friday morning. More on this later, but thank you to Dennis and Jon for bringing the game! It wasn't easy to transport, for sure.

    #12 4 days ago

    An amazing effort, collaboration and of course result. Nothing like it will happen again as a free to public NIB aged by 50+ years. Can't imagine anyone coming up with a better gimmick to entice people to enjoy Bingo pin games. Ned, Noj, and Kcin did a bang up job!

    #13 4 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    We had many great and unusual games at the York show this year -
    United's Serenade, the only one known of its kind. It has a two card layout, but you can only select one card or the other. Thanks to Butch and Mike for bringing this gorgeous machine. The machine was a sample, and had multiple meters installed to track various items.
    [quoted image]
    The Multi-Bingo - a one-of-a-kind machine that I created that can play all 142 bingo pinball machines in a single cabinet. I brought two additional playfields, but did not have time to swap them into the game during the show. 105 games can be played using the standard 25 hole layout with rollovers.
    United's Caravan - one of three games with the Roto feature - this was another of my games - it is very player friendly, with many features to help the player win.
    United's Starlet - the second of three games with the Roto feature - where Caravan has red diagonal scoring, Starlet has horizontal scoring that can score separately from vertical/diagonal. Thanks to Mickey for bringing the game!
    Bally Circus Queen - a Magic Screen game with an orange section that can score as green. I love the artwork and play options on this game. Thank you to Pete for bringing this machine!
    Bally High Flyer - a late-model six card - 8 coin max - the first game Bally produced with red diagonal scoring. Thanks to Chad, Len, Ed and Ed for bringing the game!
    Bally Bikini - a Magic Screen game - one of two with the Futurity feature. Instead of providing you with a red letter game immediately upon scoring in the orange section, Bikini and one other game will store the OK game for future use. You can continue to add to the OK game to build up and start a massive OK game using this feature. One of the games I learned to play on, and I'm always glad to play it. Thanks to Mickey for bringing this game!
    Bally Night Club - this was the first (and my favorite) Magic Squares game that I ever played. I love the quadruple scoring feature, Ballyhole (1st Extra Ball is free!), and of course the mechanical animation of the Squares themselves. This is the same game that I played back in 2012 and pulled me deeper into my bingo addiction. Thank you to Jeffrey for bringing the game!
    Bally Miss Universe - this is an unusual game - only 3 balls, so getting the spotted numbers feature is very helpful. The 18 hole layout is unique (Bally had another game planned called Continental with the same layout, but did not produce them). Thank you to Jim for bringing the game! Someone racked up over 1000 credits on this game.
    And of course the brand new Bally Silver Sails - this was still in the box, to be publicly opened on Friday morning. More on this later, but thank you to Dennis and Jon for bringing the game! It wasn't easy to transport, for sure.

    Great write up thks. Is there a vid you can suggest which best describes a bingo machine and its play functions for someone with no knowledge on these machines?

    #14 4 days ago
    Quoted from wayner:

    Great write up thks. Is there a vid you can suggest which best describes a bingo machine and its play functions for someone with no knowledge on these machines?

    I don't know about the written instructions, but check out Joop's marvelous bingo simulations you can play on your computer. You can experience the games just like someone encountering a bingo for the first time:

    http://www.bingo.joopriem.nl

    #15 4 days ago

    The bingo row was a blast, I used to pass them up to play other games. This year
    I took time to learn how to play them and now I’m hooked. Looking forward to next
    Year. Thanks to everyone that showed this newbe how Challenging they are!

    #16 18 hours ago

    Sorry for the belated writeup - on Thursday, I headed up to York with my couple of games in the back of the van.

    The counter before the show on the Multi

    Once I arrived, the show was just getting set up. I unloaded quickly to beat the rain and staged the games off in the corner as more and more Bingo Row folks arrived.

    Dennis and Jon arrived and the mystery box was unloaded.

    Steve and Dennis and a big box

    The box was moved to a new spot, right at the cornerstone of Bingo Row as the Row participants started filling it out.

    Lookit that box!

    Row set up

    One thing that was really neat about the outside of the box - the top was marked with the denomination of the coin mech/lockdown plates inside. The games were sold in 5/10c options. 25c might even have been available from the factory at that time, but it would have been rare.

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    A few of the Bingo Row participants cracked their first four or five in lines and won the prize on that first day.

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    Hey, did you see this row? Ignore the pizza. That's only part of it. 10 games total.

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    #17 18 hours ago

    The next day...

    Dennis got to try the Multi - I have been waiting for this picture for 3.5 years! Dennis has been a huge contributor to the Multi and I absolutely could not have done it without him. It was gratifying to see him put a game on it, but I was so busy afterwards that I didn't even get to ask him what he thought of it!

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    The hour is nigh:

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    The list of questions to answer.

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    Dennis starts opening the box!

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    Packed with the back of the head facing the side you cut open. Clever.

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    The is simply a gorgeous game normally, but fresh out of the box, it is even more beautiful than I imagined it would be. I cannot believe that the backglass was intact and that the wood trim was so light!

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    The cabinet is packed on the shooter rod end, with a bit of cardboard wedging it in place. As you can see, the paperwork is stuffed under the glass.

    #18 18 hours ago

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    Glorious. The keys are tied around the shooter rod.

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    The red posts did have "dead" rubber, from the factory.

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    This box was packed on top of the head. When opened it had multiple treasures inside.

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    A coin box (with bag o' bolts inside), box of legs, and a coin box lid(?) - none of us had ever seen a bingo coin box with a lid before. In speaking with operators, I'd guess they were more of a hassle than they were worth - too much cash coming in to bother with a little lid.

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    The box on the left contained the balls, and the bag on the right contained the bolts.

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    The legs contained the reinforced leg plates.

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    The very, very light beginnings of a ball trail. The rebound rubber was not stamped "Bally", but did have marks from a ball testing.

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    The balls were magnet-resistant from the factory.

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    Shockingly shiny bolts after sitting for 56 years...

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    #19 16 hours ago

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    Tag attached to the coin mech. Note that the hardware to convert the coin mech to a dime mech was included in a small baggie inside the coin door.

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    Test replays on the meter.

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    Have I mentioned that this game is pretty? It is.

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    Different stock and number keys. Left two are coin door, side locks and back door on the right.

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    Legs on.

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    New light shields!

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    The plunger was one of the only spots of rust/corrosion on the entire machine. Very odd. It used a different style of plunger tip - flat instead of billowed like modern flipper games. I'll have to ask Steve Young about that next time I call.

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    All the paperwork included.

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    Jones plug chart! This would be handy, even though the plug charts are also in the manual/on the schematic depending on the game.

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    Nickle and Dime cards included.

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    A fossilized bug.

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    Bally painted all of the hardware, including these brackets. Very odd.

    #20 16 hours ago

    Boy, I would have loved to have seen that. Did they plug it in?

    #21 15 hours ago

    Yes, and with minimal intervention, it worked! Incredible.

    #22 11 hours ago

    The unboxing of the "Silver Sails" was an awesome event. I was thinking that it would not work due to lubrication issues, but it did! The genius of the design on this and other bingos is simply remarkable. Thanks to Dennis for bringing this game all the way from St. Louis to share with us. Nick, you are quite a young man, and your multi-bingo is truly an outstanding achievement. Thanks for sharing it once again!

    #23 10 hours ago

    I edited together a 4 minute video of the unboxing highlights from my phone video clips and a few pics:

    #24 3 hours ago

    Wow what a sight a brand new 56 year old machine in pristine condition (except the shooter rod)-quite remarkable. Thks for sharing.

    #25 1 hour ago

    Thanks jrpinball - I definitely agree about the design genius of the bingos - simply amazing! jeffc I haven't even started on my video yet - great work!

    Some more photos:

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    The serial number on the head - looking back at the playfield picture, you can see that the playfield serial and head serial (cabinet matches head serial) - do not match. In other words, they grabbed the wrong playfield when assembling this game. I've always heard tell of Golden Gate parts in Silver Sails, and that kind of careless assembly is shown, in part, by the non-matching serials.

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    Oddly, the score/instruction cards were tacked down from the factory! I would have never suspected this. Bally included two additional tacks in the paperwork envelope if you wanted to change the score card to show a dime instead of a nickel. Yhey didn't include 4 tacks for some reason. Anyone who has tried to pull one of these tacks will tell you that they break almost immediately.

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    Another shot inside the coin door.

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    Under the lockdown bar - simply incredible.

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    More under bar shots - gorgeous.

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    A brand new spotting disc on a brand new mixer unit. I've never seen its like. Note the labels on the arms for the spotting disc. Those are almost 100% of the time missing or covered in grease.

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    Unwrapping the power cord and a peek at the other units inside the back door - Control Unit and Magic Screen Unit.

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    Gasp! (sequence unit and odds units)

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    Look (trip bank, reflex, timer, winner unit, associated relays)

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    at (close up of the spotting disc)

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    how (blue section replay counter - I've always liked the design of this unit. It is intended to count multiple hundreds of replays and is relatively simple and compact.)

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    pretty (a label on the control unit motor!!!)

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    this (a label on the Magic Screen unit motor that is legible!)

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    is. (replay counters on fresh wall)

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    More labels

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    The Magic Screen chart.

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    Patents!

    #26 53 minutes ago

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    Moment of truth... (simple lamp cord came with the game)

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    Lookit that!

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    Beautiful

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    The first game...

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    Getting played!

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    #27 46 minutes ago

    And more winners!

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    We had one winner, a young lady, who was bound and determined to earn her 4 in a row and win the poster. She worked very hard and got a 4 in a row on Serenade (a tough game!) - I was very impressed by her determination and skill.

    Friday ended well - lots of tutorials given, more posters dispersed, and tours of the inside of the Silver Sails.

    One person challenged me to give a 30s overview of all the units within the backbox. I did it with time to spare.

    #28 42 minutes ago

    Wow. I don't know anything about these but that is awesome! I did get to play a little at York and some nice gentleman was kind enough to explain it a bit to me. Really neat games.

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