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Is Great Lakes Modular still in Business?


By sulli10

3 years ago



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    #51 1 year ago

    IMHO, if you have LEDs in the game, I would get GiOCD without a second thought. Otherwise, I can make a replacment board for you in about a month, if they're still needed.

    #52 1 year ago
    Quoted from CaryCarmichael:

    Since I couldn’t get a response from GLM I ordered the GIOCD for System 11s to put in its place.. haven’t done it yet, will eventually, just hacked it to the back for now. It should work based on the GIOCD description..

    Yeah, they do definitely work in Taxi. I currently have a friend's Taxi on a temporary trade with them installed, and it works great.

    Be aware, though, that it is not a drop in replacement. It requires that you put the GI OCD in series with the AC power supply by cutting the wires and adding a couple of connectors.

    #53 1 year ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    I need a few system 11 GI relay boards...following with interest as I can't get a reply either .

    I have some original sys 11 relay for sale that you are searching.

    3 weeks later
    #54 1 year ago

    on his website is stated :

    January 20, 2018
    Business Update

    Over the past year, manufacturing and processing orders have become increasingly difficult due to both personal and professional reasons. We are working to solve these issues, but finding the right solution will take time.

    Please be patient and understand that we will continue to manufacture and support our products as best as we possibly can.

    Thank you for your support and business over the past 12 years!

    so not so good news for us , hoping he will come back realy ..

    #55 1 year ago

    Yes...

    He’s apparently stopped responding to emails and PMs (at least he hasn’t responded to mine). Sure would be nice to have GLM back on the map!

    #56 1 year ago

    Is he filling orders if they are placed?

    #57 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Is he filling orders if they are placed?

    you can't order - orders were always contact him as I recall...

    #58 1 year ago
    Quoted from flynnibus:

    you can't order - orders were always contact him as I recall...

    Correct, you contact him via info@greatlakesmodular.com with what you want. Then he sends an invoice for it via PayPal.

    #59 1 year ago

    I emailed him over a month ago and haven't heard anything...Hopefully, he'll be back before too long.

    #60 1 year ago

    He is platinum. Hope all is well with him.

    #61 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    Hope all is well with him.

    I wonder if anyone here knows him and could check in on him for us. We don't need details but it would be nice to know that he's doing ok and if he has a plan to return or not.

    5 months later
    #62 1 year ago

    Anyone have any luck contacting GLM? Or, perhaps, know what the deal is?

    1 month later
    #63 1 year ago
    Quoted from knazzo:

    I have some original sys 11 relay for sale that you are searching.

    I need SY11-RB1-A
    System 11 24V Solenoid and GI Relay Board
    OEM P/N #C-11998
    PCB #5768-12243-00

    Do you have one?

    #64 1 year ago

    I'm starting to think that these guys are never coming back. January will be a year since they posted that they were having some issues that would take time to resolve. I'm still holding out hope that they'll come back but with each passing month it feels more and more like they're done for good.

    #65 1 year ago

    I haven’t heard back from him either and I emailed a week ago. Seems to be a lot of people lining up to purchase from them. Don’t understand how you can turn away money like that, must be a pretty big problem or really doesn’t need the money lol

    #66 1 year ago

    Great products, very innovative. Maybe someone else will step in? Business abhores a vacuum...

    On a personal note hope Tony is ok.

    #67 1 year ago

    Yeah. I hope that there’s not any health issues with Tony or his family.

    #68 1 year ago
    Quoted from hlaj78:

    Yeah. I hope that there’s not any health issues with Tony or his family.

    Tony is fine. He posts on Facebook often. He and his wife seem to be doing fine.

    Never a mention of his business, which is a shame. Too bad someone else couldn't fill in where Tony left off.

    #69 1 year ago

    If anyone knows where to get the 6 ball trough opto emmitter collector bds I would like to buy a set for IJ.

    #70 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony is fine. He posts on Facebook often. He and his wife seem to be doing fine.
    Never a mention of his business, which is a shame. Too bad someone else couldn't fill in where Tony left off.

    hey @rkahr maybe you can work something out with him and you can take over some of his PCB projects! That would be a nice match..

    #71 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony is fine. He posts on Facebook often. He and his wife seem to be doing fine.
    Never a mention of his business, which is a shame. Too bad someone else couldn't fill in where Tony left off.

    Then not sure why he gave up his business.

    He has the intelligence to truly make awesome upgrades. Maybe tired of the dumbasses who always pressure small businesses. They are the SOLE reason I won’t open my own shop. While punching someone is satisfying in a heated argument, it’s ALWAYS bad for income.

    #72 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony is fine. He posts on Facebook often. He and his wife seem to be doing fine.

    Byran, it seems like you might know Tony, or at least know enough about him to be stalking him on facebook. Any chance you could send him a message on Facebook and ask him what his plans are for his business. There are many of us out there that are hoping that he'll come back so we can buy products from him.

    Dave

    #73 1 year ago
    Quoted from egyptrus:

    Byran, it seems like you might know Tony, or at least know enough about him to be stalking him on facebook. Any chance you could send him a message on Facebook and ask him what his plans are for his business. There are many of us out there that are hoping that he'll come back so we can buy products from him.
    Dave

    I got to know Tony visiting with him at past shows. We just happen to be friends on Facebook. Nothing more. I'll send him a message and see if he responds.

    #74 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    I'll send him a message and see if he responds.

    I don't think we can ask you do anything more than that. I'm sure he's aware that he's got fans of his products out here and we just want to know if he's coming back or not. I sent him an email for a product last March I believe. I never heard anything from him. His website hasn't been updated in almost a year. If he's never coming back it would be good for us to know. If he's not coming back and he can work with someone else to produce his products, that would be awesome.

    If nothing else, if we could get an update on what's happening, that would be great.

    So, if you wouldn't mind reaching out, that would be great.

    Dave

    #75 1 year ago

    Ask how much he wants for the gerber files and boms.

    #76 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    I got to know Tony visiting with him at past shows. We just happen to be friends on Facebook. Nothing more. I'll send him a message and see if he responds.

    Coolness Bryan. Thank you. We miss him and his awesome tech.

    #77 1 year ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Coolness Bryan. Thank you. We miss him and his awesome tech.

    Message has been sent. I'll let you know if/when he replies.

    #78 1 year ago
    Quoted from lordloss:

    Ask how much he wants for the gerber files and boms.

    This sounds like an interesting idea. I wonder of he would sell provided he wanted out. I'd be interested could be a neat side business.

    #79 1 year ago
    Quoted from darcangeloel:

    This sounds like an interesting idea. I wonder of he would sell provided he wanted out. I'd be interested could be a neat side business.

    The margins on his twilight zone light board look insane.

    2 weeks later
    #80 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Message has been sent. I'll let you know if/when he replies.

    Tony got back to me last night. Not much for details but he did say his normal job has him working more hours than he'd like and any free time is spent with family and friends. Doesn't sound like he's doing anything with GPM. He did mention looking into a third party to produce his products but finding someone to do that involves a ton of time he does not have. There's also quality concerns if someone else were to make his products.

    #81 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony got back to me last night. Not much for details but he did say his normal job has him working more hours than he'd like and any free time is spent with family and friends. Doesn't sound like he's doing anything with GPM. He did mention looking into a third party to produce his products but finding someone to do that involves a ton of time he does not have. There's also quality concerns if someone else were to make his products.

    Thanks for the update. Don’t know if this has been asked but does Tony have existing stock available for purchase? Or was everything made to order?

    #82 1 year ago

    bryan_kelly thanks for the update...it basically sounds like he's done for good. I mean, it's been over a year, and he doesn't seem interested in returning to his business. I guess the only hope is that he'll retire from his everyday job and pick up his business again. How long that's going to be is anyone's guess.

    Dave

    #83 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony got back to me last night. Not much for details but he did say his normal job has him working more hours than he'd like and any free time is spent with family and friends. Doesn't sound like he's doing anything with GPM. He did mention looking into a third party to produce his products but finding someone to do that involves a ton of time he does not have. There's also quality concerns if someone else were to make his products.

    glad he is happy, but please bend his ear to let him know there are many people really in need of some of the great parts he used to supply.

    Hell, I think many of us would buy him out of his complete catalog if he said he would come back and do it for 3-6 months and then was closing up shop.

    #84 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    If anyone knows where to get the 6 ball trough opto emmitter collector bds I would like to buy a set for IJ.

    I have these. Email me directly.

    --
    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    http://LockWhenLit.com
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    #85 1 year ago
    Quoted from Borygard:

    I have these. Email me directly.
    --
    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    http://LockWhenLit.com
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    Rob >> you should reach out to GLM!!!

    You are the one guy that instantly came to mind as someone that could do him proud to maintain quality!!!!

    #86 1 year ago

    I can't keep up with what I'm doing now. Don't know how I'd be able to add a whole other full product line.

    I consider Tony a good friend, and can't say it hasn't crossed my mind to see if we could work something out. Just don't know how to add more time to the day.

    --
    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    http://LockWhenLit.com
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    #87 1 year ago
    Quoted from Borygard:

    I can't keep up with what I'm doing now. Don't know how I'd be able to add a whole other full product line.
    I consider Tony a good friend, and can't say it hasn't crossed my mind to see if we could work something out. Just don't know how to add more time to the day.
    --
    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    http://LockWhenLit.com
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    Did you ever find a helper? I remember in the past you were looking for someone. Its tough to find good help im sure.

    #88 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Tony got back to me last night. Not much for details but he did say his normal job has him working more hours than he'd like and any free time is spent with family and friends. Doesn't sound like he's doing anything with GPM. He did mention looking into a third party to produce his products but finding someone to do that involves a ton of time he does not have. There's also quality concerns if someone else were to make his products.

    Thanks for the heads up Bryan. Here’s to hoping Tony is happy, and someone picks up his legacy.

    #89 1 year ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Thanks for the heads up Bryan. Here’s to hoping Tony is happy, and someone picks up his legacy.

    Perfect response. It's really disappointing to hear Tony and GLM may be done - I'm a bit confused as to why he wouldn't want to turn things over to someone else, but perhaps it's just about finding the right person. These businesses are certainly not huge money-makers (if they were, I presume we'd all be quitting our day jobs!) but obviously are really appreciated in the community

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    #90 1 year ago

    I really hope someone picks up this business... so many of need these boards. Would be ashame to have them disappear.

    #91 1 year ago
    Quoted from 27dnast:

    I really hope someone picks up this business... so many of need these boards. Would be ashame to have them disappear.

    There is someone starting to make TZ mini playfield micro switch kits. Have one on the way, looking forward to seeing how it looks.

    #92 1 year ago
    Quoted from merccat:

    There is someone starting to make TZ mini playfield micro switch kits. Have one on the way, looking forward to seeing how it looks.

    I'm on the fence with this product. Would love if you posted some pics and a review on the TZ page when you get them installed.

    -1
    #93 1 year ago

    This company never responds to me!!! I have inquired about parts for my TZ with no response. Terrible customer service. Not sure how they sell anything!!

    #94 1 year ago
    Quoted from calprog:

    This company never responds to me!!! I have inquired about parts for my TZ with no response. Terrible customer service. Not sure how they sell anything!!

    Clearly you have not been reading this thread. GLM seems like it it slowing/ shutting down after lots of time helping out the community. Bad for us, probably good for Tony's mental state! Haha

    #95 1 year ago
    Quoted from merccat:

    There is someone starting to make TZ mini playfield micro switch kits. Have one on the way, looking forward to seeing how it looks.

    Link available? Ready for sale or still in development?

    #96 1 year ago
    Quoted from calprog:

    This company never responds to me!!! I have inquired about parts for my TZ with no response. Terrible customer service. Not sure how they sell anything!!

    C’mon man. This was a sarcastic response, right?

    #97 1 year ago

    Edit - Sold already

    #98 1 year ago

    PinRob, PM sent

    #99 1 year ago

    I do wish Tony the best. It will be a shame to lose his great business. Just looking at website shows so many great products.
    His system 11 interconnect board saved my ass several times. Great board.

    #100 1 year ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    C’mon man. This was a sarcastic response, right?

    People with reading comprehension this strong is probably what makes selling aftermarket boards so fun

    I can't imagine the number of people buying a board to fix "x" problem, then bitching to the seller, and the problem has nothing to do with the board AT ALL (like complaining that changing your car's oil did not fix your power window... must be fun...).

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