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Stern Electronics Club (1977-1984).

By Mitch

1 year ago

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Post #227 Various gate tips. Posted by cottonm4 (1 year ago)

Post #269 Hi quality thoughts from Cotton about inlanes. Posted by cottonm4 (1 year ago)

Post #279 Playfield touch up tips. Posted by klr650 (1 year ago)

Post #309 Stern inserts suggestions. Posted by cottonm4 (1 year ago)

Post #310 Seawitch gate flap solution. Posted by frunch (1 year ago)

Post #1033 Bally drop targets on the classic stern, even mix and match. Posted by cottonm4 (8 months ago)

Post #1958 Star Gazer podcast episode link. Posted by DRDAVE (76 days ago)

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#19 1 year ago

SG plus well but I don't think it's anywhere near worth the monies. They've been going for over 3 for quite awHile, the first high priced Stern from what I Remeber. (and by 3k I mean 4)
My guess would be Seawitch for 2k+ easy...and I never see them up. But I guess we know you don't see many of these come up.

#29 1 year ago

I don;t think anyone is arguing Meteor is a great game, just that it isn't the point of the OPs thread.

#40 1 year ago

Local posted a Facebook pic of a folded up Nine Ball he had just picked, had multiple offers for 2500ish just off that.

Personally I'd like a Catacomb
Edit: it hadn't been cleaned in years but was in good condition

#47 1 year ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

...start doing some Stern Classic remakes for $1K below Stern Pro prices if they really wanted to!

Charge less monies....hmmm....no I don't see that happening

#53 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Nobody made any money and the project was a failure.

The the bean counters maybe but it was a great gam.....ahhhhh that's a shame.

#58 1 year ago
Quoted from snyper2099:

For you? Ok. But what if you can't stand the color green?

Ha, don't worry most of it will he wood colored
Great play, worst looking of the bunch

#60 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

Make a LE (updated art) to go along with it and I bet you sell another 500

That's a tuffy right there

#65 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

yeah, but I bet there would be a whole segment of the typical LE buyers that would buy it just because it is LE and has new art...

I don;t doubt people would buy it...but 500? Are you watching all the reviews and talk aboot what people like now? I don;t know if there are enough old school folks to make up for the people raging against no bash toy or ramps.
I wish they would try though

#118 1 year ago
Quoted from DRDAVE:

The wide body Sterns were hit and miss.
Great: Cheetah, Big Game, F2K
Not so great: Iron Maiden, Viper, Split Second

Too true. Split second, Maiden, free fall are all boring as shit... Viper is by far the worst.

#134 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

According to too many pins this thread is single-handedly destroying Pinside and driving people away.

Sad because we just got our membership numbers back after all his warehouse sale threads.

#159 1 year ago

Must admit I've never played a Magic or Trident as far as I know.

#176 1 year ago

I wouldn't mind owning a seawitch; Nice change of pace with that weird layout.

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#317 1 year ago
Quoted from jkashani:

Can someone please tell me how to adjust the volume? Thanks
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Should be a volume control turning knob by the speaker

#329 1 year ago

Looks like we need some repro cardboard covers and "high voltage" stickers eh?

1 week later
#350 1 year ago
Quoted from alveolus:

I’m surprised there is no discussion here about the rumor that Beatles will be a reskinned Seawitch.

Rumor mill garbage is filling up enough of Pinside as is.

#370 1 year ago

Wow...very nice!@

#377 1 year ago

And I was happy to find one Nine Ball

#398 1 year ago

Meteor is fine but my Nine Ball is screech city. It went away a little bit when i took the plastic channels off and re-attached them after paint, but I did notice a big scratch on my glass actually

#410 1 year ago

Split Second is a little boring for me. It's better than Viper but um... Yeah.

1 week later
#495 12 months ago

Thread officially jumped the shark.

#522 11 months ago
Quoted from DrJoe:

My current classic Stern lineup....

So blue. But we're all in this club together and we need to have a talk...

#525 11 months ago
Quoted from DrJoe:

It's the picture....no colored GI or anything like that


#530 11 months ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Can't be a bulbs, so what would cause this?

Bad SRC?

2 weeks later
#617 11 months ago

I think we've been there for awHile... Sans the huge dollars

#629 11 months ago
Quoted from FalconPunch:

I know what you are talking about, We call them Eclips here!

There e clips here as well, as long asthey have the middle nub

#637 11 months ago

People like to add weight to drop as well...althoguh if they're already in you're too late for that

#642 11 months ago

Think I read they epoxy a little extra weight in the hollow spot in back

3 weeks later
#705 10 months ago

Not usually a fan of replacing things to Classics but goddamn those OG metal light boards are the worst design ever. Got some ready to install in my Meteor and nine ball.

Tommy I think after putting in a shit ton of games my standing count of hitting Dragon fist spinner on the fly is still at zero.

2 weeks later
#762 9 months ago
Quoted from Mitch:

Battery was actually leaking liquid alkaline onto the lamp board.

Dammit Mitch it's going to be leaking on your crotch if you don't look out!

1 week later
#805 9 months ago

listed 50v

#816 9 months ago
Quoted from PinZig:

Another reason I went with nvram.weebly is because of the use of through-hole components allowing me to easly repair later if needed.

Does Altek not offer this?

#822 9 months ago
Quoted from atariaction:

Altek is more expensive. Other than that Altek is good to go as well.

I understand that, I just don't want something inferred if it ins't true.

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#946 8 months ago

Didn't get rid of that Fireplace for nuthing!

#951 8 months ago
Quoted from Mitch:

Looking like 6 years atleast lol. All I have is time. I'm only 33

Watch out for kids. Apparently, it's a big time soak.

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#1021 8 months ago
Quoted from kidchrisso:

good luck shipping out of Germany

Its not that bad... As long as you have your papers...Do you have your papers?

4 months later
#1823 3 months ago

Hey guys does anyone have a source/link for the roll over button assembly A-181 parts? maybe they're interchangeable with Williams 70s models?

Missing one from my Stars trying to get back going; thanks!

#1825 3 months ago
Quoted from semicolin:

Which part do you need? The switch? The plastic star insert?

Actually now that I get it all together...I picked what maybe a willimms button but it appears to be very similar other than the round/octagonal bottom shaft (?) ...so I think all I need is the name to this type of washer clip on the end holding the bottom on and I can see if this will work.

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#1827 3 months ago

Thanks...never have known the name at all...SHAME!

Quoted from dasvis:

Also known as push nuts

Ahhh makes sense thanks!

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#1855 3 months ago
Quoted from Whridlsoncestood:

Wrong flipper bushings caused some bad flipper drag from previous years.

Get them out of there please! Is that a type 1 bushing ona type 2 flipper on the right?

#1861 3 months ago
Quoted from frunch:

This is great info--thank you!
Another question about the bushings: does anyone know what lengths they are? I have a few different ones laying around and want to determine which i can use for my classic Stern's.

Shit I just measured my type 2 and cant remmeber off hand.
Type 1 I don't think you can buy anywhere?

#1865 89 days ago
Quoted from jkashani:

Anyone have a PDF manual for Stern Nine Ball? If so can you please share. Thanks in advance.


#1879 88 days ago

Nice, I was just aboot to ask where to get some credit stickers!

#1887 87 days ago

What's the stickerish covering on the coin door trim pieces? trying to prepare mine for painting without bead blasting ability

#1889 87 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Lawman, do you have a buffing wheel?

Yeah but it's an actual sticker covering. Haven't noticed it on other but my Stars has a literal sticker covering the metal. It's in pretty bad shape so after Evaporusting the stuff can be pulled off the metal
If I'm repainting I could probably just wire wheel all the stuff off it was just weird to me when I saw it and wondered what the deal was.

#1893 87 days ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Yeah but it's an actual sticker covering.

Like this...

Also nice and shiny like bluespin said

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#1895 87 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Can you take another pic from a little farther away to add some dimension? So I can see what part you are showing.
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Yeah these are the coin door trim pieces. You can see what I started with here, a real mess. So it looks likeit's peeling off like a paint layer, but it literally is stuck on and pulls like tape; Weird! The color looks more like a bally Flat iron than the hammered silver.
It's looking like a full wire brush and then repaint to me?
EDIT: This is after a 24 hour evaparust soak
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#1901 87 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I have a power oscillating tool and sanded all of my door parts down to bare metal and hit them immediately with the hammertone paint.

Heeeey I got that tool, always looking for a reason to use it Thanks so much!

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#1924 78 days ago

Am I crazy or did I just see a Coin Door disassembly thread for Stern recently? Can someone point me in the right direction?

#1928 78 days ago
Quoted from jkashani:

I put leds in my inserts on my nine ball, hooked up the altek led driver board and attached the wire from the led board to a control lamp but I still am getting flicker? Compared it to my lightning with leds and I don’t think I I did anything wrong. Anyone have a similar issue? If someone had one that is working with leds can you advise as to where you hooked up the wire from the led board. Thank you

Swap the strings...are you sure it's the....fat wire I think?

#1941 78 days ago
Quoted from HHaase:

Are all the flickering lamps on the same metal plate?

Appears the 7 & 8 (maybe 3) ball which I believe are diff plates...and 173K. Then throw in a 4 ball.

As great as Sterns are the plates are THE WORST thing in pinball...evar. If I hadn't replaced mine with LED boards I'd rather rip those things out and install sockets.

So, did you go in there and fiddle with them, un solder move the wire to the socket tit and see if they work then? So goddamn finicky.

Quoted from TractorDoc:

If you saw this one, then you did indeed see a thread on disassembly/reassembly for a Stern Coin Door.

YES...there it is!

#1949 78 days ago

Don't think the resistors are needed...that's what the alltek board is doing already basically. That's what yo8u can do with a normal board to get them to work.
Nine Ball only has 1 light board.

#1959 76 days ago

Never been a massive fan of it actually, never understood why everyone blows it so hard. Perhaps listening to the podcast will help me understand!

#1962 76 days ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

It’s got a wide open 3-spinner layout, lots of targets to hit, the unique slings and scoops and a great sound package. And of course, a great backglass.

Nah, that's not it

#1970 74 days ago
Quoted from jkashani:

Would non ghosting LED's work?

God we wish!

#1978 73 days ago

WTF...makes no sense. 20K is MASSIVE!
No idea on this stuff but it's "gotta" be the ROMs

#1999 69 days ago
Quoted from HHaase:

Unfortunately, since BGResto can't do mirrored glasses,...

He might be able to if you supply the mirrored backglass itself. Apparently the paint can be stripped off them and then new paint put on.

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#2073 55 days ago
Quoted from brandsilence:

I'm thinking to just replace everything with the 1" posts - is there any good reason not to do this?
Thank in advance.

Well if I'm hearing you correctly you might not have clearance for the plastics since the smaller posts go under them + a screw on top

#2075 55 days ago
Quoted from brandsilence:

In general i like the plastics lower because then there are less "bare bulb in eye" moments.

Fair as I use LEDs, but will put incandescent in when it's in your sight line.
Maybe you're not being silly at all, maybe just try it and see. Anything that will take down the number of "Hey can someone tell me where the short posts go on my machine" is fine by me

Be ready to maybe take a hit, literally, on your plastics though if they're lower. More of a chance they could get hit but I don;t watch games in super slow mo so no idea what it really looks like.

#2090 53 days ago
Quoted from frunch:

I suppose Nine Ball might count?

Ha...that's a very fair and confusing point indeed. We'd probably like to just say wizard stuff...but very spacey on the PF for sure.

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#2150 46 days ago
Quoted from bangerjay:

What’s the agreed upon number of classic sterns? Disregarding prototypes

Huh, good question.
26 by my count? That's not including 3 EMs.

#2152 45 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

(Cosmic Princess is counted)

Oh never seen that

#2174 42 days ago

Dammit i gotta find a Catacomb!

#2207 38 days ago

Gotta have your hammered silver!!!

But as also heard it only works perfectly in over 80 degree temps, to really get the true effect.

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#2267 26 days ago

Well well well

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#2272 26 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

There has to be a story on this. Speak!

My friend picked it up... And then I bought it from him!
So really not much of a story. I didn't even ask him anything I just needed it in my
Gonna need some work, but hey it's got a real bagatelle gate so that's something

#2274 26 days ago
Quoted from Gott_Lieb:

Does your friend have the initials MW?

Yeah that's the one.
Funny how I'm not one Facebook so I didn't know he picked one up....and none of my other pinball chums told me aboot it even though they know I've been looking for a long time.

Oh you pinball rascals!

#2276 26 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

So that's it? It sort of fell into your lap? No endless miles of highway hypnosis? No thrill of the chase? No getting bent over on the price?

Shit, he even delivered it

I'd say i love it when that happens but this might be the only time so it's a little new.

#2285 24 days ago
Quoted from HHaase:

Now I understand SB100 opinions.
What did I do to deserve this?


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#2329 9 days ago

Take some sandpaper and run it across the pins that lead to the displays and reseat connections.

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