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El Dorado Club?

By DanMarino

48 days ago


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#1 48 days ago

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to check and see if there was a Gottlieb El Dorado Club on Pinside? I've searched some, but didn't see one. I admit it was not an exhaustive search. If there is no club for this wonderful machine, we should start one up.

Thank you,

Tom

#2 48 days ago

I dont have one yet but after playing this game I want one.

#3 48 days ago

I’m in, owned mine since 1980, just bought a Wade Krause playfield last weekend, an will be putting it in soon.

#4 48 days ago

Count me in to join. Great game.

#5 48 days ago

Sweet! I am a member. I bought a non-working El Dorado on Labor Day weekend and got it up and running. I really enjoy the machine. I love drop targets and the layout and four flippers makes the game relatively fast. The rules are interesting. I like having to think before I decide what to shoot for and going after the lit drop targets to get 5,000 points is fun. I also enjoy earning free games based on score or getting the lit drop target after having the banks reset. This one will likely become a long-term keeper for me.

#6 48 days ago

I just picked up one and have it functioning. It need to be shopped before really playing it though. Looking forward to getting it going..

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#8 47 days ago
Quoted from Jamesays:

I dont have one yet but after playing this game I want one.

Were you playing my machine at PAGG?

#9 46 days ago
Quoted from jbovenzi:

Were you playing my machine at PAGG?

No Cris Sullivan let me play his when I bought another machine from him.

#10 46 days ago

How about a Target Elpha Dorado Solar City of Gold Strike club? (Yes, I know that I didn't get all 7 names in there.)
.................David Marston

#11 46 days ago

Our glass is in similar condition. I used red LED strips from comet in the alcove behind the name to do indirect lighting and mask some of the flaking. I also did a couple of red frosted LEDs behind the sun and the cowboy.

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#12 45 days ago
Quoted from dgAmpGuy:

Our glass is in similar condition. I used red LED strips from comet in the alcove behind the name to do indirect lighting and mask some of the flaking. I also did a couple of red frosted LEDs behind the sun and the cowboy.[quoted image]

I should give that colored LED bulbs a try. My back glass is pretty messed up.

#13 42 days ago

I just wanted to add that I'm really happy having this EM machine. It makes me want to play it every day, multiple times. I'm not getting tired of it. It is challenging and the roving lights offer options for what to shoot for. I also like the challenge of trying to get the knocker to go off to win free credits. I may never get rid of this one.

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#14 34 days ago

I'm in! Picked this guy up for $300. I managed to snag a Wade cross playfield and have begun a restore on the cabinet.

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#15 33 days ago

Jackaltr Awesome! It’s a great game and worthy of saving.

#16 33 days ago

Had a good score for me last night.
I love it when I get the lit target to activate the knocker and win a feee game.

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#17 32 days ago

Getting better!

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#18 18 days ago

A really good game and got the knocker going 3 or 4 times!

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#19 18 days ago

I never get tired of hearing that knocker!

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#20 18 days ago

Not sure how I missed this until now.

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#21 17 days ago

Nice El Dorado, RCA1!

#22 16 days ago

I’ve got a couple of lights on the top drop target bank that never light up. Should I check out the stepper unit that controls the lights first, or mess around with light bulbs and sockets? I’m guessing I’ll end up moving the stepper to check the bulbs?

#23 15 days ago

I will join! The reds and the horse are flaking on my backglass. I used some red plastic film behind the "El Dorado" title on the backglass. It looks presentable to me.
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I think Randy Stiffler is beating us all!
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I must be not too far from DanMarino!

#24 15 days ago

My El Dorado is patiently waiting in line for the shop.. My machine recorded the all time low score back in 1983

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#25 15 days ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

I’ve got a couple of lights on the top drop target bank that never light up. Should I check out the stepper unit that controls the lights first, or mess around with light bulbs and sockets? I’m guessing I’ll end up moving the stepper to check the bulbs?

I resolved my problem with the first and 4th drop target lights on the top bank. Ended up being burned out bulbs. Easy fix.

#26 14 days ago

Ok....I've got a target alpha and it be been creeping. Can I join???

#27 14 days ago

I'm surprised there isn't a Target Alpha club. I'll let the group decide. I think El Dorado is different enough that it deserves it's own club, but maybe it's just because I own one. haha. I have never played Target Alpha, but I've watched the game play videos. Do you Target Alpha owners really love your machines, or do you all secretly wish you had an El Dorado's instead? haha. The bonus count down at the end of each ball on Target Alpha makes the machine seem very different to me.

This club thread isn't all that busy yet. It's not like there are a ton of El Dorado owners posting here. It's a start, but nothing like the High Speed thread. haha.

#28 14 days ago

might become rabbit hole , target alpha , canada dry , solar ride , 80's el dorado , 5 game club !

#29 13 days ago

DanMarino asked how I 'fixed' the red title "El Dorado" on the backglass. This is pretty amateurish but it looks presentable in person.

I started with clear plastic colored films. The red roll was a leftover from present wrapping. The other colored squares I bought from Ebay.
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I experimented with one and more red colored layers. Found that two layers were about right color-wise. But they were too clear and you could see the bright light bulb filaments. I added one layer of white tissue paper, which fixed seeing the filaments.
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Here is the unlit result. Would probably look better with the tissue between the 2 red layers. Then the film where the missing red is would look lighter.
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This is the back lit result. In real life all the letters look more like the 'E'. You don't see any white like in the picture. No matter what I tried I could not get the camera picture to record what my eyes see in person. It also doesn't look so splotchy.
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#30 8 days ago

I dig it Johnnybee! I’ll be in touch to coordinate a visit to check out your machine. I waxed and cleaned the glass on mine tonight in preparation for Thanksgiving.

#31 7 days ago

Such a good game. Made the knocker go off 4 times.

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