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Goldball - The Future Of Pinball Has Just Arrived


By mima

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Let´s start a club for this, in more than one way, unique game!

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#2 2 years ago

I like this game... Good memories playing it back in the day. I own one.

#3 2 years ago

Yes I'm in. Goldball was my first machine which I still have given to me by a bestest bud. There are not many in the UK but coincedentally a local pinbud nearby has one too (I'm sure he'll pop in here soon nedreud).

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Proving 2 balls is better than one, here we are at NLP Play Expo, Manchester, UK 2015

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#4 2 years ago

I am currently trying to resurect my Goldball

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from mima:

I am currently trying to resurect my Goldball

share some pics of where you're at dude, plenty of room in this club

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from astyy:

share some pics of where you're at dude, plenty of room in this club

I think I will. And I also hope to get some help and valuable pointers as I go along..

#7 2 years ago

I've had this game at one time.
I always disliked the bad attract mode.
Together with Oliver Okaegi I've created a new attact mode.
I also advised to change some sounds as they did not seem correct to me.
At some point you would hear the "slam" alarm sound when it shouldn't be heard.
And there are some other changes too.
This is all in the rom file V12 on the ipdb.
http://mirror2.ipdb.org/files/1024/Bally_1983_Gold_Ball_Home_ROM_V12_with_new_Attract_Mode.zip

Peter
www.inkochnito.nl

#8 2 years ago

Owner!

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#9 2 years ago

So what are its faults....

The gold target area gets a bashing. Anybody found a good replacement? I was considering covering it in gold leaf and lacquering.

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nedreud made some nice replacements for our machines

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#10 2 years ago

Here's a decent pic of my pf, two things are wrong if you can spot them, also has the field service kit plastics installed. Installing the ROM that changes the Gold Ball feature from random to skill is essential.
http://mirror2.ipdb.org/files/1024/Bally_1983_Gold_Ball_Field_Service_Kit_Instructions.pdf

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#11 2 years ago
Quoted from astyy:

Here's a decent pic of my pf, two things are wrong if you can spot them, also has the field service kit plastics installed. Installing the ROM that changes the Gold Ball feature from random to skill is essential.
http://mirror2.ipdb.org/files/1024/Bally_1983_Gold_Ball_Field_Service_Kit_Instructions.pdf

Center pop bumper cap is from a 8 ball delux, and something funny is going on with the metal cover plate for the center targets.

I have the field kit on my game but I lack the plastics, any good source of obtaining those?
Could you possibly make me a high resolution & quality scan of those?

Cheers
/mima

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from mima:

Center pop bumper cap is from a 8 ball delux

Something else is not the normal standard, more subtle, which actually looks good and possibly factory....

Quoted from mima:

I have the field kit on my game but I lack the plastics, any good source of obtaining those?
Could you possibly make me a high resolution & quality scan of those?

Not a problem, I've already done them for somebody else, but they aren't very different or necessarily better just says "SPOTS LETTER".

On which subject there are a load of plastics on the bay at the mo from a US based seller (not the field kit version);
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bally-Gold-Ball-Pinball-Machine-Plastic-M-1330-209-4-FREE-SHIP/122467142434

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from astyy:

Something else is not the normal standard, more subtle, which actually looks good and possibly factory....

Not a problem, I've already done them for somebody else, but they aren't very different or necessarily better just says "SPOTS LETTER".
On which subject there are a load of plastics on the bay at the mo from a US based seller (not the field kit version);
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bally-Gold-Ball-Pinball-Machine-Plastic-M-1330-209-4-FREE-SHIP/122467142434

There are these blue lane-change-plastics in the top, red is standard of that is what you mean?

I have already bought a couple of the plastics (that are semi-broken on my game) from that seller on ebay, yet to be delivered tough.

I know that those two plastics don´t add much, but as I have the field kit rom I would like to have the plastics installed too.
No good source for those two specific field-kit-plastics?

Looking forward to the scans
/mima

#14 2 years ago
Quoted from mima:

There are these blue lane-change-plastics in the top, red is standard of that is what you mean?

Yer I never noticed, I wonder if it came out of the factory like that as they'd run out of red that week!

If you pm me your email address I'll send you the scans of the field kit plastics.

#15 2 years ago

H'lo all -

We picked up a GB project about a month ago and have slowly picking away at getting it working. To date have replaced MPU with Alltek MPU refurbished soundboard, refurbished lamp/driver board, rebuilt double coil for GB kicker, replaced gassed out displays, traced down and back box GI issue to triac issue (surface rust between washers and plate). On a cosmetic side cleaned up layers of wax from playfield and posts, new rubber nuts for plastics. We scanned an original bumper cap, cleaned up and vectored the artwork and a local sign co is cutting out/printing sized adhesives that we will apply to blank caps so we can get some uniformity on the caps.

Any suggestions on how to mend or at least stop flaking on artwork on the back glass or where to find the elusive center target plate for advancing G-O-L-D-B-A-L-L would be greatly appreciated.

G.

#16 2 years ago

The two UK machines shown above have hosed backglasses, the thin translucent areas in particular lift and these are hardest to touch up. We Krylon triple thicked them with the weigh down method.

#17 2 years ago
Quoted from astyy:

Yer I never noticed, I wonder if it came out of the factory like that as they'd run out of red that week!
If you pm me your email address I'll send you the scans of the field kit plastics.

I kind of like the blue, it ties in to the over all theme better than the reds.
As I will likely replace all the ribbed star posts anyway, I am now considering
taking the blue pill instead of the red (intended Matrix paraphrase).

#18 2 years ago

What makes it the future of pinball?

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from mrossman5:

What makes it the future of pinball?

Looking at the first thing in the first post is super hard

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from mrossman5:

What makes it the future of pinball?

It's on the flyer. Look at the bottom of the front page

#21 2 years ago
Quoted from mima:

I kind of like the blue

I'm liking the blue too. Here is a pic of mine all lit up. I added lights under the top corner plastics. I also put blue LEDs in the "GoldBall" letters in the playfield. It looks a bit washed out in the pic, but it is very bright and looks great

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#22 2 years ago

Sorry guys my blue lanes are a special and copyrighted. I think it links the left and right lanes better.

Quoted from Hop-Pac:

I added lights under the top corner plastics.

Am liking that, it's so dark up there. Where have you added the load resistors for the LEDs?

The other mod on mine is an upgraded speaker and separate tweeter hidden under the BB behind the grill - big sound improvement.

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from Hop-Pac:

I'm liking the blue too. Here is a pic of mine all lit up. I added lights under the top corner plastics. I also put blue LEDs in the "GoldBall" letters in the playfield. It looks a bit washed out in the pic, but it is very bright and looks great

Great idea for the corner plastics. Would you mind removing the plastics and snap a photo to show off your work?

#24 2 years ago

This is where I am at the moment. Striped playfield for cleaning and waxing. Sad wear in the upper part. Cleaning and replacing parts as I go forth.

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#25 2 years ago

Similar wear on mine around that top arch, unfortunately that area wasn't covered by the mylar treatment.

Looking at your pic makes me think it's a shame this game doesn't use the more standard pops as orange translucent bodies would look really good. Do you have the original bumper caps to re-use, if not may be an idea if you're starting from scratch.

#26 2 years ago
Quoted from mima:

Great idea for the corner plastics. Would you mind removing the plastics and snap a photo to show off your work?

These are from Coin Taker, $5 each. I used the alligator clips on a nearby GI. Super Easy!

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#27 2 years ago

Here is another pic. They have a different colors available. I used cool white to match what I used for GI. My inserts are either color matched or warm white. Except for the blue in the GoldBall letters

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#28 2 years ago
Quoted from Hop-Pac:

These are from Coin Taker, $5 each. I used the alligator clips on a nearby GI. Super Easy!

Thanks man!

#29 2 years ago

I once had the backglass on my work phone at Grainger.

Customers would always ask what it was and start taking about pinball. Good times.

#30 2 years ago

Ok let's talk some balls - gold balls - what are you guys using in your machines? My machine came with one (possibly original) and I bought a replacement but in both cases I'm underwhelmed and you can hardly see the difference when it ejects following the fanfare.

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#31 1 year ago

Just set a new high score on my machine! 2,635,340! Machine set for 5 Ball and random Gold Ball

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#32 1 year ago

Hi guys, I could need some help!

Could one of you please take a close up of the gold-target switch stack?
My fell apart while cleaning and I am uncertain of the correct layering

Cheers
/mima

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#33 1 year ago

I followed hop-pac tip to light up the back corners. My machine is incandescent so I used the 3 SMD warm white Comet strips. There is a hole to route on the left corner on the right I routed up the back of the pf and under the plastic. Whilst I had the pf up I noticed the side rails are drilled/counter sunk but actually only stapled to the pf, how cheep - are others like this? Anyway pleased with the lighting job.

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#34 1 year ago

I installed Oliver and inkochnito V12 home ROMs today. The improved in-game sounds and in particular the attract mode light show are a big improvement. Get it everybody

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#35 1 year ago

Need a little help from the owners of this game. Working on a Goldball and I have no GI lighting. I have gone thru the boards and cleaned everything up I can find. I'm reading the schematic for the triac that flashes the GI when the gold ball comes out and I can't seem to find the 555 socket for the light bulb fuse on this one. I seems like the operator back in the day had to do some "Re-wiring" before he sold it. need a pic of the triac boards in the backbox and the lightbulb fuse. thank in advance

#36 1 year ago

I have these pics that may help, can take more. The two Aux Driver boards separately drive backbox and playfield GI. I lost one set of GI on mine when the MOC3011 went bad. You likely know that the Triacs themselves are in the base of the cab bolted to the power board.

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#37 1 year ago

Well all that looks right. Anyone want to point me in a direction. Everything else is working but no GI at all

#38 1 year ago

Strange that all GI is out they are quite separate with own flasher PCB, Triac etc, so I'd test for the 6VAC on the rectifier board at the point before it splits to BB and PF. If you can believe the manual schematic for this on Pg 45 (which says GRAND SLAM!) then it's at fuse F6 (bb) and F7 (pf).

It might be worth starting a separate thread for this issue in the Tech section.

9 months later
#39 8 months ago

Looking for some Gold Ball Pop Bumper Covers. Can be NOS or Used. Anything out there for sale. Thanks

#40 8 months ago

I'm pretty sure Marco pinball has them.

#41 8 months ago
Quoted from timab2000:

I'm pretty sure Marco pinball has them.

Sold Out

#42 8 months ago
Quoted from WannabeWizard:

Looking for some Gold Ball Pop Bumper Covers. Can be NOS or Used. Anything out there for sale. Thanks

I have an EBD cap on my machine for some years and have never seen NOS or used Gold Ball caps for sale to replace. I do have a very good pdf of the hot stamp graphic if that helps to make a transfer or similar for a clear cap if you can get those (the rarer 3 prong type).

#43 8 months ago

I dug this picture out demonstrating the graphic file for the bumper hotstamp - very good work (not mine).

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#44 4 months ago

Marco had 17 of these pop bumper caps in stock today when I got one. Now they have 16

#45 4 months ago
Quoted from PanicSteve:

Marco had 17 of these pop bumper caps in stock today when I got one. Now they have 16

Cheers for the heads up!

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#46 72 days ago

Hey guys i have an annoying issue with my GB. Some times (more frequently lately) it is impossible for the game to eject the gold ball for goldball play. It simply does not shoot up. Mech cleaned new sleeve. What might be the issue?

Any ideas?
/Mima

#47 72 days ago
Quoted from mima:

Hey guys i have an annoying issue with my GB. Some times (more frequently lately) it is impossible for the game to eject the gold ball for goldball play. It simply does not shoot up. Mech cleaned new sleeve. What might be the issue?
Any ideas?
/Mima

Check your Solenoid driver board for bad solder joints at the print headers.
Problem number 1 for these things.

#48 72 days ago
Quoted from Inkochnito:

Check your Solenoid driver board for bad solder joints at the print headers.
Problem number 1 for these things.

I don't understand how that could affect the performance, as the solenoid fires every time. No issues there. The ball just will not shoot all the way up the through.

#49 71 days ago

The coil loses power if there is a cracked solder joint.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
It will cause little sparks at the cracked joint and increases the problem over time.
Bad connector can also do this.

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#50 18 days ago

I’m in

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