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The Who's TOMMY Club - Can you hear me? Members Only!


By ChadH

4 years ago



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#1351 38 days ago
Quoted from Dallas_Pin:

Was Ron looking for one for you as well or is his different?

Ron is looking on my behalf.

#1352 38 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

Ron is looking on my behalf.

Sending you a message

1 week later
#1353 29 days ago

Pretty quite in the Tommy thread these days. New decal I added recently.

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#1354 29 days ago

Picking one up this week... Im in..

#1355 29 days ago
Quoted from Milltown:

Picking one up this week... Im in..

Welcome aboard. Awesome game with many worthy opportunities for you to spend copious money on some really great upgrades. Great game to boot! Nothing beats those flipper blinders....

#1356 29 days ago
Quoted from zahner:

Welcome aboard. Awesome game with many worthy opportunities for you to spend copious money on some really great upgrades. Great game to boot! Nothing beats those flipper blinders....

Thanx man

Looking forward to it..
Whats the latest codes to date ? 5.0 ? I hsve a feeling there the original ones stil on board...

#1357 29 days ago
Quoted from Milltown:

Thanx man
Looking forward to it..
Whats the latest codes to date ? 5.0 ? I hsve a feeling there the original ones stil on board...

You want the modified code...look back a few pages where the details are listed...I think Soren did it...great upgrade

#1358 28 days ago

How can you tell if your Tommy Pinball Silver topper is legit or some sort of a replacement? Just curious.

#1359 28 days ago
Quoted from wackenhut:

How can you tell if your Tommy Pinball Silver topper is legit or some sort of a replacement? Just curious.

The real one has a base that fits the big hole on the top of the head. Looks more like a big round silver lightbulb. The homemade ones, like mine, are usually spheres made of plastic (mine was a jumbo outdoor Christmas ornament) or metal (a glazing ball). The replacement ones are then attached in a variety of ways that usually involve a metal plate or rod that is screwed into the bottom of the fake one.
If you’re asking about a reproduction done to the specifications of the original, I am not aware that such a beast exists. If it did, I couldn’t tell you how to tell the difference. But also, if it did exist, I’d love to hear about it.

#1360 28 days ago

I've never understood the fascination with the OEM Tommy topper. It's cheap plastic. There are literally stainless steel gazing balls (8" or 10", depending on you preference) that are a much superior upgrade in material quality besides being a much more faithful example of a pinball. You can polish these things up to a complete mirror shine.

I had an original topper and switched it out for SS gazing ball. Huge improvement.

#1361 28 days ago
Quoted from pinballjah:

Pretty quite in the Tommy thread these days. New decal I added recently.
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It has been quiet here!
All the pieces are finally coming together fir my Tommy. The Tommy I bought from jopo8157 has been shipped to jjsmooth for restoration. Finding a playfield was a real bitch. I won’t go into the details, I ended up getting a nice play field from dallas_pin and has it shipped to captainneo for restoration. It will have a ColorDMD, Pinsound and PinWoofer set up installed.

#1362 28 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

It has been quiet here!
All the pieces are finally coming together fir my Tommy. The Tommy I bought from jopo8157 has been shipped to jjsmooth for restoration. Finding a playfield was a real bitch. I won’t go into the details, I ended up getting a nice play field from dallas_pin and has it shipped to captainneo for restoration. It will have a ColorDMD, Pinsound and PinWoofer set up installed.

Sounds like you are going full out on this one. You may want to look into the Who translite as well that they now sell out of Europe. Btw, I thought space was tight in Hong Kong, how can you have room for 67 games? Do you own an arcade there?

#1363 28 days ago
Quoted from pinballjah:

Sounds like you are going full out on this one. You may want to look into the Who translite as well that they now sell out of Europe. Btw, I thought space was tight in Hong Kong, how can you have room for 67 games? Do you own an arcade there?

I’ll look into the translate. Do you have a source?
I’ve been in Hong Kong five years, but my collection is back in the USA.

#1364 27 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

I’ll look into the translate. Do you have a source?
I’ve been in Hong Kong five years, but my collection is back in the USA.

You must miss the collection. Here is the translite source:

https://www.retrorefurbs.com/shop/the-whos-tommy-hand-drawn-pinball-translite/?currency=USD

#1365 27 days ago

Picked up today.. 540 mile round trip.. Great shape...few bugs.. Great $$ ..
In need of a topper and the small plastic to the left of the left ramp entrance...
Auto shooter is out of wack as well.
Gonna dive in this wknd...

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#1366 27 days ago

Hey guys, looking at a potential Tommy. Did they all originally come with the blinders? If so and they are missing, what is the drama with getting repros and adding them back in. Thanks in advance, I need the Silver Ball!!!

#1367 27 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

Hey guys, looking at a potential Tommy. Did they all originally come with the blinders? If so and they are missing, what is the drama with getting repros and adding them back in. Thanks in advance, I need the Silver Ball!!!

The game always had blinders as far as I know and they are a must. Once you upgrade the software to v5.0 (think that’s the version designation), they are used a bit more. Several folks make a reproduction. Here is a blinder set up on Pinside:
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1203-thedudemods/02682-tommy-blinder-assembly-repro

#1368 27 days ago
Quoted from Milltown:

Picked up today.. 540 mile round trip.. Great shape...few bugs.. Great $$ ..
In need of a topper and the small plastic to the left of the left ramp entrance...
Auto shooter is out of wack as well.
Gonna dive in this wknd...
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What are those red marks on the head decals? Is the head red under the decals? Haven't seen that before.

#1369 27 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

Hey guys, looking at a potential Tommy. Did they all originally come with the blinders? If so and they are missing, what is the drama with getting repros and adding them back in. Thanks in advance, I need the Silver Ball!!!

TNT sells an upgraded servo board and new servo for around 80.00, blinds themselves not included

#1370 27 days ago
Quoted from pinballjah:

What are those red marks on the head decals? Is the head red under the decals? Haven't seen that before.

Some one thought they were artsy .. Haha .

#1371 26 days ago

If you need just the servo/arm assembly. I still make and sell a replacement.

#1372 26 days ago

My tommy is missing 1 plastic to the left of the left ramp entrance... Platic no 4 I belive ? Maybe no 9..? Can any one tell me for sure ?
Also anyone have 1 they are willing to sell ?
I can score no,9 on the eBay but no 4 is not there ?
Thank u...

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#1373 25 days ago

Well we are in!!!! Just picked up our Tommy, it needs a good bit of work, but I am actually looking forward to it. It plays great, but just needs a ton of TLC. Here is what wows me. We currently own 3 other pins Star W Prem, GB Pro, and JP Prem, all of them show dimpling and really aren't that old. Tommy is a 26 year old machine that was on route and probably has 50,000 plays (i'm guessing) and the playfield looks great. what the hell has happened to QA now a days.

For the current owners out there, what is the best source for parts? Need to replace the mirror, the bomber has a crack in it etc....

Also, how in the hell do I work on the cabinet? Point me in the right direction. Thanks.

Ain't got no distractions......

#1374 25 days ago

Few minor bugs on my new Tommy are worked out..
Time to clean

New rubbers / comet led...

#1375 25 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

and the playfield looks great.

Here’s an example of a ‘used’ Tommy PF that had no work done on it. Smooth .. your observations are spot on. My GnR and DESW are the same

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#1376 25 days ago
Quoted from Dallas_Pin:

Here’s an example of a ‘used’ Tommy PF that had no work done on it. Smooth .. your observations are spot on. My GnR and DESW are the same
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Hey! That PF looks familiar!

#1377 25 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

Well we are in!!!! Just picked up our Tommy, it needs a good bit of work, but I am actually looking forward to it. It plays great, but just needs a ton of TLC. Here is what wows me. We currently own 3 other pins Star W Prem, GB Pro, and JP Prem, all of them show dimpling and really aren't that old. Tommy is a 26 year old machine that was on route and probably has 50,000 plays (i'm guessing) and the playfield looks great. what the hell has happened to QA now a days.
For the current owners out there, what is the best source for parts? Need to replace the mirror, the bomber has a crack in it etc....
Also, how in the hell do I work on the cabinet? Point me in the right direction. Thanks.
Ain't got no distractions......

I think you can replace the mirror decal on the mirror if that helps.

#1378 25 days ago

Mirror decal
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/515-5905-Mirror

If I remember correctly, the plastic bomber is unobtainium.

#1379 25 days ago

1st night of a deep clean and comet led bulbs install..
Adjusted the ball shooter . few other adjustments . working perfect ..
New rubbers / balls installed,.,
Alternate translight / British flag target pads ordered ,,,
Pinsound / kids are alright cabinet art next.... And cliffys protectors...

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#1380 24 days ago

How is yours all lit up like that. Even before the LEDs. The one I bought seems dark as hell, and the trans light just illuminates TOMMY with an occasional burst from the lower lights in it. The slings are never lit and the outlanes just light occasionally.

Since I am brand new to this machine, I just don't know what I don't know. But I do know it is super dark. On the first shot, the only thing, and I mean only thing, on the board that is lit is the skill shot.

#1381 24 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

How is yours all lit up like that. Even before the LEDs. The one I bought seems dark as hell, and the trans light just illuminates TOMMY with an occasional burst from the lower lights in it. The slings are never lit and the outlanes just light occasionally.
Since I am brand new to this machine, I just don't know what I don't know. But I do know it is super dark. On the first shot, the only thing, and I mean only thing, on the board that is lit is the skill shot.

Check your GI connectors. Probably burnt pins and connector housing.

#1382 24 days ago
Quoted from LOTR_breath:

Check your GI connectors. Probably burnt pins and connector housing.

Agreed. Absolutely should not be dark. Mine almost looks like it has Pin-Stadiums. I did add a couple of spots on the slings just to give it a tad more, but it really should be a fairly bright PF.

#1383 24 days ago
Quoted from wackenhut:

How can you tell if your Tommy Pinball Silver topper is legit or some sort of a replacement? Just curious.

original has a plastic base that screws into the top of the backbox, most people just use gazing balls as a replacement.

#1384 24 days ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

original has a plastic base that screws into the top of the backbox, most people just use gazing balls as a replacement.

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#1385 24 days ago

Does anyone know if Stern Lolipop side rails will fit on a Tommy?

#1386 24 days ago
Quoted from Chuckwebster:

Does anyone know if Stern Lolipop side rails will fit on a Tommy?

always heard that they will. just off a tad i believe.

#1387 24 days ago
Quoted from HIPPY:

No more pegs, very nice. The 2 bottom screws are threaded into existing spots. The 4 top screws are hex screws. Spike system, Pinball Life. I believe it has a lower profile than the Sam.
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I dig this...

#1388 24 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

How is yours all lit up like that. Even before the LEDs. The one I bought seems dark as hell, and the trans light just illuminates TOMMY with an occasional burst from the lower lights in it. The slings are never lit and the outlanes just light occasionally.
Since I am brand new to this machine, I just don't know what I don't know. But I do know it is super dark. On the first shot, the only thing, and I mean only thing, on the board that is lit is the skill shot.

Deff some bad burnt connectors more then likley .opd bulbs.. Bad sockets maybe ? What was the pins life before u ?

#1389 24 days ago
Quoted from bsrhardy:

How is yours all lit up like that. Even before the LEDs. The one I bought seems dark as hell,

You might have this?

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#1390 24 days ago
Quoted from Catch86:

You might have this?
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Ouch

I'm missimg part of my back box lighting...
Ive been suspicious of this plug on mine.. Haha dive back in tommorow..

#1391 24 days ago
Quoted from Chuckwebster:

Does anyone know if Stern Lolipop side rails will fit on a Tommy?

Yes they will, I have fitted them to a Tommy. As was mentioned the flipper holes are very slightly off but ok with a bit of fettling.

#1392 24 days ago

Have what I thought was an immaculate Tommy, never a problem, then suddenly when I turn it on the propellers constantly spin, can't start a game and the DMD is out along with some of the lighting. When I turn the machine off, all the "dead" things, momentarily flash on, so I know they're not really dead. This happened when I played a couple of games, went to the office for a while, then was heading upstairs and decided to play one more game. Anything specific to look for when the propellers constantly propel?

#1393 24 days ago
Quoted from LOTR_breath:

Mirror decal
https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/515-5905-Mirror
If I remember correctly, the plastic bomber is unobtainium.

Yep - very occasionally a bomber will surface on Ebay. But pretty scarce.

#1394 24 days ago
Quoted from AntennaMan:

Have what I thought was an immaculate Tommy, never a problem, then suddenly when I turn it on the propellers constantly spin, can't start a game and the DMD is out along with some of the lighting. When I turn the machine off, all the "dead" things, momentarily flash on, so I know they're not really dead. This happened when I played a couple of games, went to the office for a while, then was heading upstairs and decided to play one more game. Anything specific to look for when the propellers constantly propel?

Have you checked the fuses?

#1395 24 days ago
Quoted from Milltown:

1st night of a deep clean and comet led bulbs install..
Adjusted the ball shooter . few other adjustments . working perfect ..
New rubbers / balls installed,.,
Alternate translight / British flag target pads ordered ,,,
Pinsound / kids are alright cabinet art next.... And cliffys protectors...
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Tilt Graphics now sells side blades for Tommy, if you are looking to spend a bit more money

https://www.tiltgraphicsinc.com/product-page/union-jack-gameblades

#1396 24 days ago
Quoted from pinballjah:

Tilt Graphics now sells side blades for Tommy, if you are looking to spend a bit more money
https://www.tiltgraphicsinc.com/product-page/union-jack-gameblades

Yup

,these are the blades I was digging...

#1397 23 days ago
Quoted from AntennaMan:

Have what I thought was an immaculate Tommy, never a problem, then suddenly when I turn it on the propellers constantly spin, can't start a game and the DMD is out along with some of the lighting. When I turn the machine off, all the "dead" things, momentarily flash on, so I know they're not really dead. This happened when I played a couple of games, went to the office for a while, then was heading upstairs and decided to play one more game. Anything specific to look for when the propellers constantly propel?

I would try reseating all of the ribbon cables. Also check very closely for any signs of battery acid damage.

#1398 23 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

Hey! That PF looks familiar!

Up close, it looks like it had dimpling, but it's reflections of the lights behind it. Enjoy it in your new build and you'll enjoy the PinWoofer treatment in it! The new amps are AMAZING!

#1399 23 days ago

Anyone have a vendor that has or sells the back box door latch..
Not the lock ..the part that latches the door on the back box ? Used ? New ?
Thanx in advance....

#1400 23 days ago

Fixed the bsck box lighting wich half was out..
Added 2 spotlights
2 5 inch strips behind the bomber / back plastics .
Also added a red flasher tied into the bomb flasher..
Adding some xtra interactive lighting to the bomber as well.

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