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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#7451 2 years ago
Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

this is "show us your EM pinball machines" care to share it with us?

It's not terribly presentable. I do have one, but it's a major project.

#7452 2 years ago

It's over 50 years old. They can't all be creampuffs.

#7453 2 years ago

Having mega fun with 20 drops, 2 inch flippers and yellow dot coils from Steve Young's Pinball Resource. I did feel the need to add two GI lights under the top arch. Can't keep my hands off this 2001. Drop 'em all and she lights up like a Wurlitzer juke. I've never seen so many crazy ball routes with the upper slings. 137,900 plays and it one of my best playing decks. They really made a great pin back in 1971

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#7454 2 years ago

Always wished that GTB would have made 2001 BG have a bit of light animation
with the 4 main larger cards flying out towards you from the BG
be color corresponding with each color drop target set completed (Red/Blue/Green&Yellow)

#7455 2 years ago
Quoted from embryonjohn:

Having mega fun with 20 drops, 2 inch flippers and yellow dot coils from Steve Young's Pinball Resource. I did feel the need to add two GI lights under the top arch. Can't keep my hands off this 2001. Drop 'em all and she lights up like a Wurlitzer juke. I've never seen so many crazy ball routes with the upper slings. 137,900 plays and it one of my best playing decks. They really made a great pin back in 1971

Got to love all the drop targets; keeps you coming back again and again.

#7456 2 years ago

The lower slingshot mechanisms are unique on 2001 (and on Dimension, of course, and a couple of other games of that era, as I recall). Gottlieb discontinued the design because the conventional design was less expensive, albeit less efficient. I agree that 2001 is a blast. Here's mine:

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#7457 2 years ago

One day I will get my hands on a 2001. Although I did have a lot of fun on Dimension... hmm... (You know, I was going to be a replay-only guy but when you find a gem that's an add-a-ball you just have to take it home, so now that that cherry is popped, anything goes! Kind of like how EMs in general invaded my plans of being an SS collector originally... I've got yet another add-a-ball game or two heading into my collection soon. I'm going to have one diverse collection, that's for sure! I guess when you let games find you rather than seeking them out that is how it goes and the only way it goes, but I don't mind! I don't prefer one over the other, but I've found that some games like Fun Land (since owning it) are actually much more preferable to me over the replay version.)

#7458 2 years ago
Quoted from embryonjohn:

Having mega fun with 20 drops, 2 inch flippers and yellow dot coils from Steve Young's Pinball Resource. I did feel the need to add two GI lights under the top arch. Can't keep my hands off this 2001. Drop 'em all and she lights up like a Wurlitzer juke. I've never seen so many crazy ball routes with the upper slings. 137,900 plays and it one of my best playing decks. They really made a great pin back in 1971

Aha & congrats! 2001 is my favorite wedgehead. The flow is outstanding top to bottom. Agreed the top area is a little dark without adding extra lights under the arch (I call them cabaret lights). Did you drill out the playfield and plates to install extra lamp sockets like the older Gottliebs? Or did you use a different method?

Yellow dot flipper coils are VERY powerful! Post a video if you can. Never seen one with the yellows on it. Might be a 'lil scary.

One thing I recommend is to remove 18 feet of wire from each of the upper sling coils, and 18 feet from each of the pop bumper coils. It will make the top area a little more lively. Then solder that 36 feet to each of the top kickout coils. This will lessen the strength of the kickouts which is important because they launch the ball way too hard by default. I've seen a handful of gouged playfields because of this...

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#7459 2 years ago

Forgot to mention... another fun tweak is to add a laydown lamp socket to the middle kickout (wire it up to the red special light). All five kickouts will illuminate when you complete the set.

#7460 2 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Always wished that GTB would have made 2001 BG have a bit of light animation
with the 4 main larger cards flying out towards you from the BG
be color corresponding with each color drop target set completed (Red/Blue/Green&Yellow)

Mine does just that except they're not color coordinated: drop 1 set & one card flashes, 2 sets and a second card flashes and so on. It only does it when the game is playing. When the last ball drains it stops.

#7461 2 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

One day I will get my hands on a 2001. Although I did have a lot of fun on Dimension... hmm... (You know, I was going to be a replay-only guy but when you find a gem that's an add-a-ball you just have to take it home, so now that that cherry is popped, anything goes! Kind of like how EMs in general invaded my plans of being an SS collector originally... I've got yet another add-a-ball game or two heading into my collection soon. I'm going to have one diverse collection, that's for sure! I guess when you let games find you rather than seeking them out that is how it goes and the only way it goes, but I don't mind! I don't prefer one over the other, but I've found that some games like Fun Land (since owning it) are actually much more preferable to me over the replay version.)

I didn't even want to buy my 2001. I went to a nice lady's house to buy her EM rifle game, GTB Soccer and her Chicago Coin Slapshot. As soon as I walked in and saw the 2001 I tried to plug it in and the cord shorted out with a pop! I told her I only had so much room in the van and no I didn't want it as it had a lot of wear or so I thought. She basically made me buy it. I've never been so initially wrong about a pin.

#7462 2 years ago

I remember back in 1971(I was 15 yrs old)our local vendor(Vito) un-boxing this game on the back of his old Chevy pickup truck and hauling it into the candy store for all us foaming at the mouth pinball junkies to give it a try. For sure this wedge head was an instant success. Us players had never seen a pin so spectacular with 20 colorful drop targets that seemed to disappear after being knocked down into the play field. It was a truly magical treat for us addicted players to have at our fingertips such a dynamic, fun, player friendly pinball to play for a dime or 3 plays for a quarter.

#7463 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

I remember back in 1971(I was 15 yrs old)our local vendor(Vito) un-boxing this game on the back of his old Chevy pickup truck and hauling it into the candy store for all us foaming at the mouth pinball junkies to give it a try. For sure this wedge head was an instant success. Us players had never seen a pin so spectacular with 20 colorful drop targets that seemed to disappear after being knocked down into the play field. It was a truly magical treat for us addicted players to have at our fingertips such a dynamic, fun, player friendly pinball to play for a dime or 3 plays for a quarter.

With how many games have past through your hands I wonder how many of those exact machines secretly ended up being the ones you played back in the day.

#7464 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

colorful drop targets that seemed to disappear after being knocked down into the play field.

I guess prior to that you could only get that from Williams and Keeney.

#7465 2 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

With how many games have past through your hands I wonder how many of those exact machines secretly ended up being the ones you played back in the day.

I sometime wonder too if out of the 150+ games i pulled out of the New Jersey area that one might be a game i played as a kid.

My King of Diamonds did come from a home in Toms River NJ which is only 3 miles from Seaside Hts Casino Arcade on the boardwalk where i played a King of Diamonds back in 1968. I often wonder if my King of Diamond in my collection came from the Casino Arcade.

#7466 2 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

It's not terribly presentable. I do have one, but it's a major project.

OK. I found some photos of my "Space Ship" when I had it set up. I am still awaiting a suitable backglass replacement. Maybe I should apply what I've learned since then and try touching this one up. I got this game so long ago, that was me playing it!

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#7467 2 years ago

I would be proud and happy to have a Spaceship in decent playable condition like that.

#7468 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

I would be proud and happy to have a Spaceship in decent playable condition like that.

Thanks. I got that game pretty cheap too. Guy at York many years ago had a big truckload of plastic wrapped games he was blowing out. I was walking towards the men's room as he was unloading, and noticed the cabinet art.
I pounced on it instantly and didn't care about the condition because I knew what it was. Oddly, I had just helped a friend of mine who lives in York bring in and set up the two games he brought to the show for free play, one of which was a "Space Ship"!

#7469 2 years ago

Many years ago? You look like you a little kid in that picture. lol

What I have learned when you're dealing with these rare, desirable Williams games, or any scarce machine of this vintage for that matter, you get it while getting's good, because another may not come your way any time soon. And if one does, then you decide if it's an upgrade or not. Or be happy with the one you have. And as long as it works and is all there, there is nothing wrong with that.

#7470 2 years ago

Just picked up this Gottlieb Grand Slam. Should clean up nice. Too bad I can't get it to turn on at all.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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#7471 2 years ago

It says zero credits. Have you tried dropping in a coin?

Edit- turn on the switch underneath first.

#7472 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Many years ago? You look like you a little kid in that picture. lol

'Twas a joke

#7473 2 years ago
Quoted from bek1966:

I've been a dedicated follower of this topic since I joined Pinside and finally worked up the courage to contribute
This Friday a very nice unrestored Pop-A-Card made it into the basement. Beings that I'm from Wisconsin I feel the need to have at least one Add a Ball in the basement!
Regards,
Brad

I miss my Pop-A-Card already just remember our deal WHEN you want to get rid of it

Trust me, that is all original, except the Ron Webb back glass ... which is NOT available anymore. That pin also plays as nice as it looks ... I can't believe I let it go! I am happy to hear that your enjoying it though ... great fun and addicting game!

Dan

#7474 2 years ago
Quoted from ejacques:

Just picked up this Gottlieb Grand Slam. Should clean up nice. Too bad I can't get it to turn on at all.
Anyone have any thoughts?

Main fuse, cord for starters. Credits, or set to free play. Had the AAB version World Series and loved it. Added two lights behind the upper roto plastic in the alternating circuit to light the ball players too.

#7475 2 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

I often wonder if my King of Diamond in my collection came from the Casino Arcade.

See if your initials are carved on the side of the backbox.

#7476 2 years ago

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King.

#7477 2 years ago
Quoted from DB62:

I miss my Pop-A-Card already just remember our deal WHEN you want to get rid of it
Trust me, that is all original, except the Ron Webb back glass ... which is NOT available anymore. That pin also plays as nice as it looks ... I can't believe I let it go! I am happy to hear that your enjoying it though ... great fun and addicting game!
Dan

What? No more "Pop A Card" backglasses from Webb? Last time I checked he still had it listed on his website.

#7478 2 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

What? No more "Pop A Card" backglasses from Webb? Last time I checked he still had it listed on his website.

He NEVER keeps that website up to date unfortunately. I learned that the hard way on back glasses, that he still had listed as available

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#7479 2 years ago

My newly acquired Space Ship. I'll share more pictures once I get it all spiffed up. It is a challenging game for sure! 20161124_161023 (resized).jpg20161124_162800 (resized).jpg20161122_191034 (resized).jpg

#7480 2 years ago

i wondered where that went. Super cool game. Congrats.

#7481 2 years ago
Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

My newly acquired Space Ship. I'll share more pictures once I get it all spiffed up. It is a challenging game for sure!

You have the alternate cabinet design. I've never seen one in person like that, but I know both types exist.

#7482 2 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

You have the alternate cabinet design. I've never seen one in person like that, but I know both types exist.

Where have you seen one? I wonder how many there are.

#7483 2 years ago

I picked up those 2 at Free Play Florida.

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#7484 2 years ago

Nice looking Space Ship! Really love the backglass and playfield artwork on this one.

#7485 2 years ago
Quoted from bek1966:

Nice looking Space Ship! Really love the backglass and playfield artwork on this one.

Nice looking MG!

#7486 2 years ago

I have 5 EM's, including these - Air Aces and Rawhide. Still need to setup Gold Record, Skylab and Spinout, after moving.

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#7487 2 years ago
Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

Where have you seen one? I wonder how many there are.

I've seen photos of the cabinet design you have, but every one I've seen in person has the cabinet like mine.
IPDB shows both types. The flyer shows the style that your game has, so those are probably earlier production models.
http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=Space+Ship&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#2259

#7488 2 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I've seen photos of the cabinet design you have, but every one I've seen in person has the cabinet like mine.
IPDB shows both types. The flyer shows the style that your game has, so those are probably earlier production models.
http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=Space+Ship&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#2259

Yes that is this machine on IPDB serial 57804. The serial number database says its a sample game. I can find any photos of a different example with this cabinet.

#7489 2 years ago

Did you give your wrists a rest after that score? Did the old Carpel tunnel start acting up?

#7490 2 years ago
Quoted from Yoski:

I picked up those 2 at Free Play Florida.

Sweet, I'd love to pickup a Big Hit someday

#7491 2 years ago
Quoted from tomdotcom:

Sweet, I'd love to pickup a Big Hit someday

Bit Hit is a blast to play - miss mine a lot.

Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

My newly acquired Space Ship. I'll share more pictures once I get it all spiffed up. It is a challenging game for sure!

Also wondered about this game. It is a beauty, amazing artwork and looks a ton of fun to play.

#7492 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Also wondered about this game. It is a beauty, amazing artwork and looks a ton of fun to play.

Dirtflipper had it, told me I should buy it. It took me a week or two the realize he was right.
I think it is really fun to play, it's definitely one of those "one more game" games and the art I completely agree.
It's coming along, it's going to be very nice.

#7493 2 years ago
Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

Dirtflipper had it, told me I should buy it. It took me a week or two the realize he was right.
I think it is really fun to play, it's definitely one of those "one more game" games and the art I completely agree.
It's coming along, it's going to be very nice.

I have seen a fair amount of Space Ships through the years... in collections, at the shows, etc. and have never seen another one with this style of painted cabinet. Or for that matter, in any pictures I have seen of the game. It is possible... 'possible' that this is the one on the flyer, hard to say. But it just seems odd that another one wouldn't have shown up somewhere. Unfortunately, hard to verify one way or the other but an interesting footnote.

And even machines using this same pattern (Ten Spot for instance) I don't recall one that is 'yellow' and white.

#7494 2 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Did you give your wrists a rest after that score? Did the old Carpel tunnel start acting up?

Wrists are fine, but I didn't win every game after that.

Funny, when I broke 5000, my buddy Bob got enthused and started cheering me on. Average score for this Pit Stop is usually around 2000 with maybe 10 laps on a good game. I had broken 5000 only once before with 20 laps, but this is the highest score to date since I've owned it. I did it without winning an extra ball. It is one of the most beloved games in my collection

#7495 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinballprowess:

I have seen a fair amount of Space Ships through the years... in collections, at the shows, etc. and have never seen another one with this style of painted cabinet. Or for that matter, in any pictures I have seen of the game. It is possible... 'possible' that this is the one on the flyer, hard to say. But it just seems odd that another one wouldn't have shown up somewhere. Unfortunately, hard to verify one way or the other but an interesting footnote.
And even machines using this same pattern (Ten Spot for instance) I don't recall one that is 'yellow' and white.

The machine on the flyer isn't a photograph, it's some sort of artistic rendering. I would imagine they made at least a handful, but who knows

#7496 2 years ago

Thanks! If it were a pinball machine it'd be an EM

#7497 2 years ago

Love the Big Hit too! Just this week I was tempted by one, but opted for a Sky Jump. I think I need to make a return trip

#7498 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Average score for this Pit Stop is usually around 2000 with maybe 10 laps on a good game. I had broken 5000 only once before with 20 laps, but this is the highest score to date since I've owned it. I did it without winning an extra ball.

I'm really starting to enjoy these older EM pins. To many Pinsiders statements like, " Those EM pins are too easy", those people have no understanding or value of winning a game with a single point (1).

This Hi Dolly that I have is a tough game to play. If I'm lucky, 1000 points is great! High score so far is 1400 points. On Pinside there is member with Hi Dolly scores of over 8800 points, (Posted in Aug 2014). Seems almost impossible to reach that score, even though the game can allow the rewarding of extra balls. I need more practice.

#7499 2 years ago

Question re Big Hit. Found one here and they are asking $300. It's a big project, cabinet paint very rough, and multiple electrical problems, but playfield and back glass are pretty good. I just don't think worth $300. Any input?

#7500 2 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

1000 points is great!

Usually. And I'm back to human on Pit Stop. Where 2000 pts and 8 laps isn't that bad.

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