(Topic ID: 111667)

Pin with clear plastic tubes??


By Nokoro

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

A friend mentioned to me that in the early to mid-90's, he worked for a company that made a clear, lighted plastic tube for a pin. The ball was to travel through the tube, and he believes it was lighted on both ends. He thinks the manufacturer was Williams. Anyone know which pin this may be?

Also, are there any pins with plastic tubes? Would seem to be a real pain to clean.

#2 4 years ago

Xenon(but 1979), BBB(colored but see thru)

#3 4 years ago

Xenon is the only one I can think of right off the bat but something tells me there are a couple others also. I don't remember Williams machines having any but I think both Bally & Gottlieb used clear plastic on some machines.

#4 4 years ago

Class of 1812 also has a clear tube.

#5 4 years ago

Black Hole
-mof

#6 4 years ago

Mars, God of War & Haunted house use tubes to move the ball too.

Steve

#7 4 years ago

Class of 1812.. Nevermind someone said it

#8 4 years ago

Cybernaut, same tube as Xenon I believe.

#9 4 years ago

Thanks for the responses. I had no idea there were so many. I would have thought it would be a no no in the pinball world because you can't easily clean the tubes.

None of these actually fit the description though. Anyone remember one from the early to mid 1990s with a light at one or both ends that was attached to the tube and lit it up?

#10 4 years ago

Mid 90's? Could have been the cover of the neon to CV?

#11 4 years ago
Quoted from Nokoro:

Thanks for the responses. I had no idea there were so many. I would have thought it would be a no no in the pinball world because you can't easily clean the tubes.
None of these actually fit the description though. Anyone remember one from the early to mid 1990s with a light at one or both ends that was attached to the tube and lit it up?

Manufacturers didn't care about cleaning the games.

#12 4 years ago

Someone mentioned Big Bang Bar.
Xenon was the first, I believe, so they were still experimenting on what worked best.

#13 4 years ago

"Big House" also has a clear tube.

#14 4 years ago

Your friend thinks it was a Williams. Here are two lists of Bally/Midway and Williams titles from 1990-96 with links to pictures and details; you can expand the years if you want but you said early to mid 90s.

http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?mfgid=214&yr=1990-1996&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced
http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?mfgid=349&yr=1990-1996&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced

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