I just got the new CPR backglass conversion. Here's pictures.
The light bleeding from the side of the backglass is likely because I don't have the trim channels installed. I had spare bottom and top channels, but didn't have any spare Bally-sized side channels.
If your translight is screwed up, or if you don't have an EATPM and just want a glass, then it's a great solution.
I think Stu did a great job on the mirroring. The art wasn't designed for it, so it's not very prevalent, but it looks good where he used it and doesn't look out of place.
One unexpected benefit of the backglass conversion is a big reduction in reflection off the backglass. You can see from my pictures how the translight reflects the room, but the backglass doesn't. That's nice.
CPR shipped super quick and packed it really well. This is my first purchase from them and it definitely won't be my last.
My only complaint is that the colors look off when the glass isn't lit. Lots of the subtle color differences were lost in the conversion. The most obvious difference is how washed out Elvira's skin tone looks. Everything looks pretty good when the machine is on and the glass is lit, so maybe that's how it was intended to be, but the difference in colors is very noticeable when the machine is off. I wouldn't care if I didn't have an original translight in good shape, but since my translight is perfect, I think I'll stick with the original.
Quoted from MustangPaul:
How old is your tl and how long did it have incandecent bulbs in it. Did you ever wash or clean the back of the tl?
I believe the translight is original. It's always had incandescent bulbs. I've never cleaned it. It's dirty, but I'm afraid to do anything to it. I'd rather it be dirty and intact than clean and damaged.
I bought the backglass the second it came out, but I've gone back to the original translight. I posted pictures earlier in this thread. Colors are pretty far off compared to the translight. If your translight is isn't in good shape, I'd get it. If your translight is perfect, I'd pass.
^^^ I think the backglass looks pretty good while it's lit. If I had a light box that was always lit, I'd definitely consider displaying it.
...maybe not if I already had a translight in the light box though
Quoted from Sethman:
Hoping for suggestions how to repair the plunger under the left boogie man. Looks like its snapped right off at the base.
Are you missing the nyliners that line the holes that the plungers go through? I don't see one in your first picture. Might have contributed to the break. Happ sells nyliners, but I don't know the correct size.
I use the PAPA settings. Doesn't reset the EB, but does make it a bit more challenging. I reset ELVIRA letters back to nothing every game. That makes it a good challenge for me to get that 3M shot. Considerably harder than getting the 4M jackpot.
^^^ Heh, I was just talking to somebody else about that today!
I went to a lot of trouble trying to track that down. I even filmed a bunch of footage for a repair video on YouTube...but I couldn't figure it out. As far as I can tell, everything on the boards seems to be working correctly. I replaced the two controlling transistors and that made no difference. I checked the logic levels that fire the transistors and they're fine. I grounded those bulbs through another solenoid's set of components and the behavior is the same. I checked the resistors on the interconnect board and they're all fine.
...so, I gave up and replaced all my backbox flashers with LEDs. I prefer incandescent, but the lower current draw of LEDs seems to avoid the problem. If you don't want to go with LEDs, I found that removing one of the three incandescent bulbs seemed to help.
"Oh yeah!" is triggered by the ramp entry switch when you do multiple ramps in a row while the cyclops' eye is lit. "Oh no!" is triggered by the same switch if you don't quite make it up the ramp and roll back down through the switch. The same switch also triggers the flash bulb below the ramp. My switch is a bit flakey. You might make sure the switch is working before diagnosing sound problems.
I really like your site, Jeff! I always wondered what the motivation was for the ribbed flippers on EATPM. I thought it was just aesthetic, but nope. The patent information you posted was insightful.
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