Hi, I am completely new to pinball (other than playing whenever I had the opportunity in an arcade, pizza joint or bar). I recently picked up this really neat On Beam. The art is in really good shape as far as I can tell for the age (though there is an unfortunate hole in the cabinet where I think there may have once been a coin box).
The seller was very straightforward and a nice guy. He let me know that there is a known issue, after it was purchased from Next Level in Portland, where a red plastic piece on the cam for the score reel is broken (which I understand is a difficult part to source). I thought it wouldn’t be too big a deal and that I could play without worrying about my score until I could figure out a solution (and the price was right for me at around $200 for the machine).
I got it home, put it back together and plugged it in. At first the playfield and back glass lights came on after I pressed the left flipper. What a cool feeling that was! I wanted to try a game, and the start button did nothing. So I put in a quarter.
This is where the problems started. First, the playfield lights went out. I thought that may be normal, so I pressed the start button and the flippers started working. It made some classic pinball machine clunking sounds and the ball popped into the launch. I pulled the plunger and it worked but as soon as it touched one of what I assume are scoring mechanisms in the upper playfield, all of the lights went out and the flippers stopped working.
I tried again with the same result, but my daughter hit the start button again and it came back on in time for me to hit the ball with the flippers, but it cut out again as soon as it hit a pop bumper.
So here’s where I (think I) stand:
1. I need parts for the score reel, can anyone here point me in the right direction to find these?
2. Playfield lights are out, could this just be a fuse?
3. Dies on scoring - is this likely to be related to 1 or is this a separate issue. Any ideas on where to start for diagnosing this issue?
Apologies in advance for not having any idea what I’m talking about/using incorrect terminology (anybody know of a starters guide worth reading?).
Thank you in advance for all of the help — I’m really excited to be learning about these awesome machines!
Cool pictures follow…