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Lates Pin Purchase:

By dbpbandit

6 years ago

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  • Latest reply 6 years ago by Patofnaud
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#1 6 years ago

I just wanted to share my latest Pin purchase. I picked up a Speakeasy last week that initially looks to be in great shape.

The regulator and driver board need a lot of work but cosmetically it looks great. The play-field has very little wear on it, outside of the flyaway targets and a few broken lane guides. Does anyone have a source for these targets? I may be able to touch them up but new ones would be nice. The back-glass is also in excellent condition, no flaking, fading or even scratches. Even the cabinet has minimal wear, with some minor touch-up it will look great as well.

Also, when I was checking everything out I noticed that someone had cut one leg off of a lot of the resistors and diodes located on the upper left hand side of the MPU module? Anyone have any idea why someone would have done this? I reconnected all of them and after adjusting the power I was able to actually start a game. It never made it all the way through due to the power issues but it's a good sign.

Do any of you Speakeasy owners have a list of common issues with these games? Or any Bally AS-2518-35 issues in general? If there are any upgrades or common fixes I'd like to make sure they get done.

I'm planning on getting it back to as close to 100% as I can but right now I'm just waiting on the power section parts to come in. Once it's working I'll turn my focus to the rest of the game, I'm not in a hurry but I'm looking forward to seeing it completed.


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#2 6 years ago

Nice, that should fit in well with the rest of your collection...congrats and good luck getting it back to shape

#3 6 years ago

2 player solid state? cool.

#4 6 years ago

Whoa, that's a pretty cool-looking game! Very nice!

#5 6 years ago

Cool Pin!

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#6 6 years ago

Congrats on the new purchase!!! Love the flyer for it.

#7 6 years ago

Cool machine with the sort of odd smaller cabinet size.
Nice pickup!

#8 6 years ago

Great looking pin....congrats on the addition to your collection

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from dbpbandit:

Do any of you Speakeasy owners have a list of common issues with these games?

Yea, the switches for the flyaway targets are commonly broken. And they are not available. I recently worked on a speakeasy for someone and getting a switch for the target took some doing.

The switch is unique because it not only is for scoring but also holds the target in the up position.


#10 6 years ago

I have a lower body of a SE in my storage. I 'think' it was mostly intact. Send me pics of what you need.

#11 6 years ago

Is that a roulette wheel in the playfield? Man, I love inner-playfield toys!

#12 6 years ago

I just brought one of these back from the dead as well. The targets are hard to find, so I would scan and make decals for the ones you currently have. It will take a few passes to get the switches for the targets exactly right but once you do, this is a really fun game. The sound isn't quite right for the theme but the gameplay makes up for it.

I think George Christian is a totally underrated designer (8 Ball, Mystic, 8BD, Frontier, Speakeasy, to name a few). I think he made the best playing and hardest games for Bally during this early SS era. Frontier is simply genius and once you play it you are hooked. Speakeasy while it has a couple "random" elements with the add a ball/subtract a ball, has some great shots and it is VERY challenging to hit the fly away targets and upper rollovers in the correct order to really do well on this game.

i still have a couple dirty switches in my roulette wheel. Once I address those I should be 100% and I don't see this game leaving any time soon.

#13 6 years ago

The pf should shine up nice its made of plastic.

#14 6 years ago

Nice find! Congrates!

#15 6 years ago

Thanks for all the comments. I've been swamped all week but I'm hoping to get some time today to take a closer look and see what all I'll need to get it working again. I'll post more as I make progress.


#16 6 years ago

Some of the boys on the flyer have bubblegum cigars....

You couldn't get away with that these days.

#17 6 years ago

Thinking of parting out a SpeakEasy-4. (indentical machine but only a 4 player version)

So if you need something specific, shoot me a PM.

(@OP, you choose the PlayMatic version in your collection. But it's the Bally machine )

#18 6 years ago

OK, so I figured out how the fly away targets are supposed to work but I have one busted switch (see pick) anyone have some of these or know a source for them? I cleaned them up and they look better and for the most part they work. They are very touchy and I still don't have them adjusted just right yet.

Another issue is that none of the insert lights are working. All of the GI's work fine, just no play-field lights. I'm also not able to get the roulette wheel to spin, not sure if this is due to the same issue as the insert lighting or something else. Is there a way to test this or to manually engage the wheel?



#19 6 years ago

Below your playfield there is a board with a relay (rectangular plastic box) on it, that was failing when my wheel did not function. Had to replace the relay.
Check yours. SE-4.JPG

#20 6 years ago

Cool, thanks for the tip. I'll check it out next chance I get.


#21 6 years ago

I got a chance to work on this over the weekend and outside of still needing a couple of the target switches I think I've found the source of one of the major issues.

There are three fuses under the playfield, the 1A fuse, (lower one) blows as soon as I turn the game on. I tracked the short to the solenoid expander board under the playfield. I re-flowed solder on it and checked it out (not sure how to test this unit) but it's still shorted out so I ordered one of the newly re-designed Solenoid Expander boards from Marco. While I'm waiting, does anyone know if this will also cause the playfield lights to not function? Or is that another issue?


#22 6 years ago

What does "Speak Easy" mean...

#23 6 years ago

(snip from Wikipedia)

"A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages that came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states). During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States. Speakeasies largely disappeared after Prohibition was lifted in 1933."

#24 6 years ago
Quoted from Patofnaud:

I have a lower body of a SE in my storage. I 'think' it was mostly intact. Send me pics of what you need.

Like I said,,, I do have a complete lower cab of a Speakeasy. I have no affinity to it other than maybe making it wall art someday. Build a list of what you need, pm me and I'll set you up at a fair price.

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