So I have a late Christmas present which will arrive this week. My wife got me a CPR reproduction backglass for my table. I don't need to say that I am fired up, right?
OK so I have a small issue as I get ready for the swap out of the backglasses. A lot of the lamp sockets in my back box are corroded badly and many of them don't make good contact anymore and I am losing light behind my backglass. Don't really want to slap the new glass in there and have poor illumination behind it. Yes, I have cleaned them all with the socket cleaner from Steve at PBR. Now that I know how to solder, I just want to start swapping them out.
It appears to me that most of the sockets are the "Staple Down" bayonet type, since they look just like the one I found for sale at Marcos and they are in fact all stapled down onto the wood on the backside of the head. The concern I have is with the lights directly over my scoring reels. Please tell me I am just being dumb because I am new to this and that these sockets are available for purchase at Marcos or somewhere similar.
Here is a look at them from the front and the back. There are four of these above each of the two scoring reel banks.
If anybody can point me in the right direction for those, I'd appreciate it greatly.
I have read in the past that many pinball owners do not replace old sockets and instead solder small lengths of wire between the wire for the lamp in question and the back of the lug on the socket. Do any of you have an opinion about the reliability of this fix?
Also, when I watch a lot of the online videos of Space Odyssey gameplay, I notice that there are blinking lights behind the backglass. None of mine blink. On these old EM games were the lights themselves the "blinkers" (like on old-school christmas tree strands) or was it something in the wiring?
Thanks as always!