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Paragon Club... the Valley of Demons

By schwarz

6 years ago

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Post #103 Sound Board Pins/Wires - Photos Posted by BC_Gambit (5 years ago)

Post #183 Rectifier Board - J1, J2 & J3 wire photos Posted by Cheddar (4 years ago)

Post #269 Mini Flipper - Stock Black Lettering Posted by Captive_Ball (3 years ago)

Post #274 Cabinet Stencils - Pinball Pimp Posted by Captive_Ball (3 years ago)

Post #287 Bally Flipper Bat - Pinball Life Posted by Captive_Ball (3 years ago)

Post #301 Bally AS-2518-18 Rectifier Board - Wiring Key Photos Posted by zombywoof (3 years ago)

Post #384 Removing Metal Spacers from Plastics Posted by Captive_Ball (3 years ago)

Post #515 MPU J3 Connector Photos Posted by Captive_Ball (2 years ago)

Post #608 Mini Flipper - Buy it at PBR Posted by meSz (1 year ago)

Post #622 Saucer coil stop = A-61330 Posted by Captive_Ball (1 year ago)

Post #634 Upper right PF parts list Posted by Toads (1 year ago)

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#20 6 years ago

Nice. I plan a cabinet reprint with custom colors.

#21 6 years ago

Just finished stripping my pf a couple hours ago. Will work on the restoration next.

#22 6 years ago

And my other Paragon... Can't get enough of this pin...

#26 6 years ago
Quoted from trilogybeer:

Also you guy's might be interested in these . Joe at Laseriffic makes them , he can make them into clocks also .

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Like it. Might have to ask Santa to get me one.

#29 6 years ago

=================FREE ALERT================

Ok gents ... FREE to a club member in need. I have a Paragon backglass that's pretty ugly up close (seriously bubbled with touch-ups and fade, but looks decent once lit up. Pickup only in Northern NJ ... sorry, just can't swing the time, hassle or risk to ship this.

Here's a far-away shot ... sorry, it's all I have.


EDIT ... correction, forgot I took these two...

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#31 6 years ago

Nice pair SunKing ... they look right next to each other.

#32 6 years ago

Kevin from CPR just posted the full scoop on the roadmap for Paragon playfield reproductions. Some challenges, but very promising...


2 weeks later
#35 6 years ago

I'm all in guys ... just plunked down the bucks for an NoS playfield, and I'm working to line up a premium restorer for a proper resto and clearcoat. 34 years of storage does not make for a play-ready playfield.

#38 6 years ago
Quoted from pinster68:

I'm all in guys ... just plunked down the bucks for an NoS playfield, and I'm working to line up a premium restorer for a proper resto and clearcoat. 34 years of storage does not make for a play-ready playfield.



#41 6 years ago
Quoted from PinTaco:

Hey everyone i'm pretty new to pinball and pinball machines but i just got my first 2 machines and 1 of them was a pretty beat up paragon. i look forward to doing restoration on the play field and cabinet and being able to get it looking like those shown here.

Welcome to the club. Read as much as your can before your restore. Lots of great info here on Pinside to do the job right. Also check out great sites like Pinwiki for more technical and troubleshooting info.

#43 6 years ago

Yep ... Enjoy the ride. Take it nice and slow. Ask questions, we're all happy to help.

1 week later
#50 6 years ago

Christmas arrives early Paragon fans. NoS playfield arrived from California today. Compliments to the seller as this really is quite beautiful ... and was packed to survive a nuclear attack. Giddy with happiness.

FedEx Dropped this off ... my dog Dex does the bomb/drug sniffing check. All good. Proceed to the unwrapping

THIS is how you pack a rare playfield. Nicely done eBay seller. Admiration.

Outside in the sunlight ... a thing of beauty. In my humble opinion Paul Faris is the tops in pinball art.

Backlit inserts. 35 years old and still crisp.

#52 6 years ago
Quoted from CaptainFantastic:

Was hoping to be a member today BUT somebody did a BUY IT NOW on EBAY for the one I wanted. I was waiting to hear back on the dimensions of the machine and it was sold less than an hour later. WAAAAAH!!! If anybody finds a REALLY nice one for sale PLEASE let me know. Playfield should be immaculate and I don't mind paying up for it. THANKS for any assistance!!

Wow ... sold for $4400. Was this the one you were looking at?

ebay.com link » 1979 Bally Paragon Pinball Machine

#54 6 years ago
Quoted from CaptainFantastic:

No that's not the one I was referring to. One sold today for 2495 (Check completed listings...might not update till tomorrow). Person did a BUY IT NOW even thou there was a "Make an offer" option. Guess they REALLY wanted it!! I wanted to make sure it would fit thru my front door first...You snooze you lose.

Yep. I learn to buy first, then figure out the logistics later. There's always a way ... Like removing the head.

There will be others.

1 week later
#68 6 years ago
Quoted from newtoit:

For $125.... that's $25 more than I paid for the machine! Anyone have a used set of the stencil kit?

I have a new set ... Once I'm done you can have it for cheap. Just be aware I'll likely wait until Spring to get it done.


1 week later
#72 6 years ago
Quoted from Gov:

mine only has one.

Same here. All three of my Paragons only had one.

3 months later
#84 5 years ago
Quoted from s2k4ary:

Got my hands on a decent looking paragon. Been working on the playfield shopping it out. Wish I could do a bit of touch up and clear coat it, but at this point like to just get it playing. Here is a pic of playfield after lots of cleaning.

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Sure looks nice!

1 year later
#235 4 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

The trick is to TILT (so the bonus does not roll it) with as close to 999,999 as possible.
That is called "9-ing it out".

Never heard that before. Makes perfect sense. Need to give it a go 9-ing out my my Space Invaders.

4 months later
#258 3 years ago

Sure looks like a nice starting point.

9 months later
#317 3 years ago
Quoted from NJGecko:

For anyone who knows me, this will be a facepalm...I'm going to get another Paragon tomorrow.
Probably my 5th or 6th. I keep buying one, and upgrading. And for the moment, I purchased a Kruzman playfield a few years ago, and was getting it swapped to put into the nice cabinet I got 2 years back. But fate has smiled on me and I'm picking up a very nearly HUO one tomorrow.

Nice find Greg. Yep, looks like foreign spec game. I'd plug that center post (temporary of course).

Still have my second Paragon as my player, and your beater Paragon awaiting a Kruzman NOS pf swap, stencil, and all the rest....



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#391 3 years ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

Opinion on paragon....leds or no leds. I just finished up my restore and can't decide

Inserts only. Leave GI and backbox with incandescent.

7 months later
#441 2 years ago

New BG Resto Paragon backglass for sale if anyone is interested.


#442 2 years ago

Also ... I have a FREE, complete Paragon cabinet, stripped. Come and get it.

#449 2 years ago

Last call ... curb alert on an empty Paragon cabinet. FREE.

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#700 8 months ago
Quoted from Deezer5150:

Just joined the club! Recently purchased mine from NJGecko (Greg) It was documented previously on page 7 of this thread due to the strange diverter gate mod that it has. Lots of cool reading on here.[quoted image][quoted image]

Wow that Paragon sure took a long trip! Enjoy. My Paragon sits right next to a Space Invaders just like yours. Now just add a Future Spa, Embryon, or Hot Doggin to expand your wide body collection....

#702 8 months ago
Quoted from Deezer5150:

I’m actually actively looking for a nice clean Embryon.

Nice. I had an Embryon. Real fun game, albeit a strange theme for some. I liked the art, and the sound package was pretty cool. Mine wasn’t a good example so I let it go in hopes of picking up a nice one down the road.

I have a Future Spa in my widebody collection. It’s an underrated title. Plays fast and brutal like Paragon.

#705 8 months ago
Quoted from nightsearcher:

I have a Paragon, Hot Doggin and had a Space Invaders' in my wide body collection. Hot Doggin is my favourite

Never played Hot Doggin, but it sure looks like fun. I’ll need one, and another Embryon, if I’m going to complete my Bally Widebody collection.

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#723 8 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Do y'all prefer incandescents or warm white LEDs??

Depends on the game/vintage. For my classic Bally pins I generally go with incandescent bulbs for GI, and LEDs on all inserts. I also generally like warm white LEDs on red or orange inserts, and cool white on everything else. Warm white frosted LEDs for backboxes.

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