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First Pin, first shop-Gottlieb Rack a Ball

By Slickfam99

1 year ago


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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by jrpinball
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#4 1 year ago

Tim, that knocker in your first picture unplugs to make removal of the bottom board easier. Someone may have just forgot to plug it back in when they worked on it.

One word of advice: Get everything working. From start up, to reset, to game over before messing with trying to improve play of the pop bumpers etc. That way, you start from a fully working machine and if you mess something up, you'll know it was probably the last thing you did.

As far as your pop bumpers and slingshots, there's a good chance that it always played that way. Early 60's Gottlieb games didn't have to power of later DC bumpers or modern games. Cleaning the path and changing sleeves in the coils may help a little but you'l probably still be disappointed. You might want to try high tapping.

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I've never been disappointed with the gameplay of these older games after they've been properly shopped. You shouldn't need to high-tap it if your line voltage is normal.

I've never been disappointed either. I know what to expect. He felt that his pop bumpers and slingshots were weak. Since this is his first EM, he is probably comparing them to the power of more modern games and if he is, he will be disappointed. Two different worlds.

High tapping is a matter of personal preference. I rarely do it myself. However, some people might find a fully shopped game to still play slower than they would like, even though it may play exactly as it did in 1962. For those people high tapping is an easily reversible option.

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