EM's are so beautiful and a lot of fun. They are so foreign to me though that I am scared to own one. Are they harder to work on than a SS/DMD game?
Quoted from Pafasa:
I see your point. The built in diagnostics are a great help. Something that EM machines don't have. For me though, understanding board level circuitry and troubleshooting is the bigger challenge. I can "see" the entire "circuit board" inside and out with an EM. Things are hidden inside chips on modern machines. This is why EM is easier for me. I work better with the mechanical than the electronic.
I generally do as well, the mechanical parts of a pinball machine for me are the easy fixes. I just have no idea how the EM's really work inside. Is there a good set of tutorial videos or anything that you guys would suggest when learning about them?
I remember opening up my Donkey Kong cab when I first got it and the counter said 150,000+ plays. If even half to 3/4 of those were legit quarter in the slot games, I would say that it paid for itself a few times over back in the day
I think you guys have convinced me. I WILL own an EM soon I have been going through all of the EM's that are available on Future Pinball and have been having a lot of fun. There are some truly beautiful games out there.
So......anybody have a Beat the Clock they want to sell?
That is sweet, I will have to check them out next time I am up there. I always make sure I hit Pizza West when I am in town as well, but it would be a trip to play some EM's on location.
Let's revive this thread! I am hoping to be acquiring not one but two wedgeheads before long. Assuming I can get the deal made
We had one local for free on CL the other day but I was still on vacation.
I want a Volley, there was one a couple hours away a month or two ago and I didn't jump on it quick enough. By the time I did the seller decided to keep it.
Quoted from frg:
Well I got a Target Alpha with about 6.500 plays. After some cleaning, polishing and tumbling... look
No touch ups were needed... (but I have to still solve one or two technical issues...)
By the way... are also lots EMs in the US without a chime unit? It is really a pain to get the units here in Germany, since the german distributor wanted them to be delivered without chime units (at least lots of them).
I'd shoot my Grandmother for that Fathom!
Well I guess I can join the club now. It is very dirty with some planking, but I always love a challenge. The backbox lights up but it won't currently start a game. I have a lot to learn but it is fun to be part of the EM club now
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:
I look forward to the thread you start with people helping you with any troubles. It is always nice to get someone converted over to buying EMs.
Oh you can believe that I will be asking for a lot of help The good news is that it seems like it 'wants' to work right now as I can hit the vari-target while it is in 'attract mode' and a bunch of stuff starts to clicking and a bunch of the relays fire, so there is power to most things. I am sure it isn't super simple, but at least it doesn't something
Well, some good news. I was looking at that picture I posted above and noticed that 'tilt' was lit up on the backglass. I figured that had something to do with the playfield lights not being on. I called my dad this morning (the pin is at his house for the time being) and he poked at the tilt relay and sure enough it clicked off and the playfield lights came on. A game still would not start, so he proceeded to poke the start relay and a game started. He said everything appears to score and work, even the vari-target. So that is good news that it looks like it needs a good cleaning all around
Finally got my Big Brave home. Kind of an odd couple here I can't wait to tear into it and get it working and then on to a full restore.
I always think it would be fun to own one of those bingo machines and then I see one opened up and get scared to death
I have a newb EM question. Is the Teflon Gel Lube that Clay talks about in his videos the same stuff as Super Lube?
Haha, I don't remember. I met too many people this weekend to keep track. That was my first time meeting Lonnie as I have missed all of the tournaments down here that he usually attends.
Ya, I honestly don't think I met any of the Pinside people aside from 1 or 2. I was there with my family and some other people so I was always talking with one of them it seemed like and didn't get much of a chance to meet strangers
Next year I am going to wear a Pinside badge of some sorts.
I really want to get one of the baseball games at some point. I really enjoy the look and I am a huge baseball fan. I have only played playball though. Big Hit looks like a lot of fun with all of the drops at the top. I think it is the best looking of the group as well.
Which games do you find the easiest to roll the score on? A friend of mine picked up a Target Alpha last week and it seems like one out of every 3 games I roll the score. I am not a good player either
Oh, this is on 3 ball too
I have read you can make scoring adjustments on these, but I have no idea how to do it I am still really new to EM's and I haven't even gotten my own (Big Brave) going yet.
What are the adjustments in the backbox of my big brave that have different jumpers with different values on them? There is a piece of paper that says something about scoring on it.
What is the best tool for cleaning out inside of the female jones plug connector? My machine has a lot of corrosion and I have looked around for a small wire brush to get in there but have been unable to find anything.
Wow that thing is nice!
Quoted from Chippewa-Pin:
Picked up a Gottlieb Spin out about a month ago. It was in pretty good shape. After fixing the roto until (thanks Boilerman!!) and making a few adjustments, she's all shined up and playing great!
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Another North Jersey pinball collector has join our circle.Check out his line up.
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I want to go to there......
I had a friend hook me up with a Gottlieb Merry Go Round today. It is pretty rough, but it actually does work and play. Needs some TLC and a new backglass but it was free so I can't complain Pretty low run game. Kinda cool.
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