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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


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#4901 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Glad you got it. This one doesn't have that crazy fault either where the WOWs stay on.

Yes I did not know it was a fault. Very disappointing to score over 600k and still have a full clip of WOWs on the board. Really turned me off to the game. This one...I've just discovered has some cute black marker 'fixes' on the two standups. Passable if you don't look closely. Ha ha. I am now looking closely. Soon as I know the part number they will be replaced.

This game is F-U-N. I'm having a very hard time not playing it much. Needs a good shop all the way around, and I do not have my goodies from PBR yet.

#4902 4 years ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

I am so excited about this game. Winning 26 replays in one go is an amazing buzz - hope I do it! Will be a while before I play it as so much to do and other games to work on. This could well be a true keeper. It wasn't cheap but compared to modern SS games it was way better value - for me anyway.
Sweet Add A Line - 1955.
P/f was better in real life than the photos - not often that happens Cabinet 100% original, no touch up's. Repro backglass. Looking for an original if anyone has - highly unlikely!
Absolutely beautiful game Shapeshifter-congrats

#4903 4 years ago
Quoted from gottem:

New (to me) Neptune!nep1.jpg nep2.jpg

ah, so this is the one that was available with the Wms Rocket. Nice.

#4904 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Huh? What happened? Now it looks like everyone else's "Rocket"!
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that can not be the same one! jr how can it be real dark blue now light blue....
no way the lighting could change it that much

#4905 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

that can not be the same one! jr how can it be real dark blue now light blue....
no way the lighting could change it that much

OK, enough of this gag. Today I removed the original glass and sealed it with Triple Thick. I put it in a safe place in my basement and installed a plexiglass repro I bought a few years ago from Jeff McAfee at Classic Arcades. The repop is actually a pretty good one. For now, I'll leave it installed in the head. When I'm done with the game, I'll put the original back in but for now it's tucked away for safety.

#4906 4 years ago

i knew you were trying to pull a fast one!

#4907 4 years ago

A Heat Wave is hitting Texas.

I'll never understand why people felt the need to paint a pinball machine a solid color.
Overall in nice shape. Looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running.

Finally, a Williams EM joins the collection.

Marcus

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#4908 4 years ago

Cool?!

#4909 4 years ago
Quoted from Xerico:

A Heat Wave is hitting Texas.

Good choice. We may have a second soon...

#4910 4 years ago

I've been enjoying this thread for a long time now as a lurker and want to give back now that my first EM restoration is complete. Thanks to Vid and his excellent restoration post and those of you who dove right in to your pinball restoration, I decided to restore my 1969 Williams Expo. It certainly needed it! For more pictures and the whole story, including my mistakes, visit:http://www.pecos-softwareworks.com/my_first_full_pinball_restore.shtml

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The backglass looks better in the picture than actual

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Bottom playfield before - rodent scat hiding under apron!

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Middle playfield before showing missing paint

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Top playfield before showing the lame and ugly vinyl pop bumper protectors

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Bottom playfield restored - nailed the aqua color touch-up!

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Middle playfield restored - inserts filled in and black and red touched-up

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Top playfield restored - blue areas under pop bumpers a real challenge; had a go with waterslide decals

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Playfield view after four clearcoats

Wax and Mylar was applied to playfield before adding the playfield parts - should be good for another 46 years!

Thanks again to all who inspired me to attempt this very challenging project.

#4911 4 years ago
Quoted from Xerico:

A Heat Wave is hitting Texas.

I'll never understand why people felt the need to paint a pinball machine a solid color.
Overall in nice shape. Looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running.

Finally, a Williams EM joins the collection.

Marcus

Congrats! That's a great title. Can't wait to play it!

Ken

#4912 4 years ago

here is that 65.00 roller coaster I just could not bear to part out.

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#4913 4 years ago

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#4914 4 years ago

Wow. Any time you want to come over to my house and impress me some more, let me know!

#4915 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

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Those pictures really help explain how the metal form ramps are used in play, great clean up, there Boilerman.
In the last photo it looks like the wire guide for both inlanes are now bent.

#4916 4 years ago

the ball picks up quite a bit of speed coming off the ramp, so I guess they curved the guide to give the ball some lift instead of going right past the flipper.

#4917 4 years ago

Roller Coaster is always credited as having the first ever wire form ramps. There may be a flipperless pin with wire ramps as well.

In the 3rd photo you posted the wire guides do not appear to be bent.

#4918 4 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Roller Coaster is always credited as having the first ever wire form ramps. There may be a flipperless pin with wire ramps as well.

I think you are correct. if I recall it was 1940's I will try and dig it up on ipdb

#4919 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

here is that 65.00 roller coaster

Maybe you can do a thread on how you did this game if you don't already have one?

Bruce

#4920 4 years ago

Nice work Boilerman. Looking forward to seeing it when you are finished.

#4921 4 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

the ball picks up quite a bit of speed coming off the ramp, so I guess they curved the guide to give the ball some lift instead of going right past the flipper.

Are you sure those ball return lane guides aren't reversed side to side? (the ones above/next to the flippers.) I think they need to swap places. (At least judging from the flyer, they should be just like any other ball return guides on a Gottlieb.)

#4922 4 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Roller Coaster is always credited as having the first ever wire form ramps. There may be a flipperless pin with wire ramps as well.

I believe there were a few. One I saw recently was Cyclone. Another one I know of is Tornado.

Skyway is one of the first flipper games to have one.
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#4923 4 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

Are you sure those ball return lane guides aren't reversed side to side? (the ones above/next to the flippers.) I think they need to swap places. (At least judging from the flyer, they should be just like any other ball return guides on a Gottlieb.)

you are correct! they were reversed. I am such a ROOKIE!

#4924 4 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

Are you sure those ball return lane guides aren't reversed side to side?

Something looked different to me, but I just couldn't put a finger on it.

#4925 4 years ago
Quoted from gottem:

New (to me) Neptune!nep1.jpg nep2.jpg

Got a chuckle out of this. I immediately thought of "Neptune".

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#4926 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Got a chuckle out of this. I immediately thought of "Neptune".
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Not an EM, but....

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#4927 4 years ago

I don't get it. But it's pretty funny that it's New York "Texas Toast"!

#4928 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I don't get it. But it's pretty funny that it's New York "Texas Toast"!

The "Catacomb entrance" on the playfield clearly resembles a toast!

#4929 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

The "Catacomb entrance" on the playfield clearly resembles a toast!

So does this.

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#4930 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Got a chuckle out of this. I immediately thought of "Neptune".
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Good one JR! I was just musing this morning on the uniqueness of the MYSTERY WOW tube at the upper left. You can score 1-3 WOW. It was x3 this morning. So cool to hear that 'crack' 'crack' 'crack'. Is this unique? Are there other MYSTERY specials where you can score a surprise quantity of free balls or games (if not AAB)?

My MYSTERY game this morning, not such a good score (under 100k iirc) but the three cracks...better than any score!

#4931 4 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

So does this.
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#4932 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

The "Catacomb entrance" on the playfield clearly resembles a toast!

OK, I see it now. Yes, it looks like a slice of bread. Again, I didn't see it when viewing Pinside on my phone.

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#4933 4 years ago

Today, I'm very pleased to add Blue Note (229 manufactured) to my collection. John Osborne designs are among my favorites and this game, in my opinion, is worth the do re mi. This example is simply remarkable. The play meter tally was 19,109 when it arrived in my collection. Perhaps our resident meter maverick, Dirtflipper, will chime in about the significance of that playmeter count. It sounds very low to me; but, I suppose that a comparison to other Blue Notes and Rock Stars would be instructive.

This one is an all-original example, with no touch-ups on the playfield, cabinet nor backglass. I played several games this evening. My initial impression is that the game is a sleeper, much like its Osborne-designed sister, Strange World, which belies its elementary and sparse layout.

Additional photos are posted at the link as follows:

http://www.pinballowners.com/znet

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#4934 4 years ago

Congrats!

#4935 4 years ago

That is a significant catch.

#4936 4 years ago

Usual wear spots look pretty good (lower center inserts, kick out hole drop spot) Since it's from Canada, I would tend to believe the play meter. Good score!

#4937 4 years ago

Wow! nice looking game znet

#4938 4 years ago

Very happy with my new 1961 Bally Bikini Bingo which arrived yesterday. Original glass, original paint. Many thanks to Coos and Frans for doing a amazing job and bringing this baby back to life.

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#4939 4 years ago
Quoted from ZNET:

It sounds very low to me

That would be a low meter count, yes. So I'd expect the internals, metal, and other wear indicators to be very nice. Meter count isn't infallible of course, but is a clue as to what to expect in the rest of the game.

#4940 4 years ago
Quoted from reppie:

Very happy with my new 1961 Bally Bikini Bingo which arrived yesterday. Original glass, original paint. Many thanks to Coos and Frans for doing a amazing job and bringing this baby back to life.

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I'd love to see this game in action.... Could you post a video?

#4941 4 years ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Usual wear spots look pretty good (lower center inserts, kick out hole drop spot) Since it's from Canada, I would tend to believe the play meter. Good score!

Thanks. This example is free from any paint loss at that kick-out hole drop spot, which is notorious for significant wear. That fact, plus the exceptionally clean mechanicals, seems to support the accuracy of the low play-meter count.

I have heard that an operator in Canada purchased most of the Blue Note and Rock Star games, at the time of their respective releases in about 1979. Many BN and RS games have found their way into the collections of our European friends. Consequently, it's been a challenge to acquire this title, even as a northeastern USA resident, where the supply of games is typically well above average.

It's nice to have a Gottlieb with meaningful cabinet graphics. Apropos to the game's theme is that it currently sits in my family's "piano room."

#4942 4 years ago

Very happy with my new 1961 Bally Bikini Bingo which arrived yesterday. Original glass, original paint. Many thanks to Coos and Frans for doing a amazing job and bringing this baby back to life.

Nice looking Bally Bikini Bingo. I use to have a Bikini in my collection and thought it to be one of the top of the list bingos of all time up there next to Golden Gate and Silver Sails.

Is the playfield factory original?

The futurity feature is great for home use. It does take a lot of playing time to build up the futurity feature to the top level.

Enjoy the game play!

#4943 4 years ago

Hi amendes, I will try to make a video of the game for you. Its a great game with many features..

#4944 4 years ago

Vic, The playfield is 100% original. This is indeed a great game. Its a looker and a cooker.. Thank you

#4945 4 years ago

Tonight, I crossed the Rubicon. The big decision was not buying a few EMs. The big decision was selling one of my cherished solid-state pins to buy even more EMs. Just sold my very good condition Funhouse. Goodbye, Rudy. It was great knowing you, but sometimes a person's just gotta' move on.

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#4946 4 years ago

So finally King of Diamonds arrived
For now my wedgehead line up is complete and I am super happy. Bowling Queen will get a new coin door, but that's it...

This was already there...
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New stuff...
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#4947 4 years ago
Quoted from frg:

So finally King of Diamonds arrived
For now my wedgehead line up is complete and I am super happy. Bowling Queen will get a new coin door, but that's it...

Great lineup! Congratulations!

#4948 4 years ago

Very impressive! I really hope I can add a good BQ at some point. It screams nostalgia!

#4949 4 years ago
Quoted from Vic_Camp:

new 1961 Bally Bikini Bingo

For a game called Bikini;
there is certainly a lack of bikini swimsuits on it,
only one 2 piece and hardly a bikini.

#4950 4 years ago
Quoted from Xerico:

A Heat Wave is hitting Texas.
I'll never understand why people felt the need to paint a pinball machine a solid color.
Overall in nice shape. Looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running.
Finally, a Williams EM joins the collection.
Marcus

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What happened to the lockdown bar? Looks like a semi ran over it.

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