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When did Gottlieb move to chime units?

By paulace

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    Would someone out there tell me when Gottlieb switched over from bells to chime units? It had to be somewhere around 1970'ish??


    #3 1 year ago

    Thank you, zacaj - I knew someone around here would know.

    #4 1 year ago

    I'm gonna guess 1970 based upon my experience.

    #5 1 year ago

    I believe the 1970 Gottlieb's "Aquarius" was the first pin with a chime box.

    #6 1 year ago

    Although it doesn’t mention chimes, cfh has a great page on history/evolution of Gottlieb games and features.


    #7 1 year ago

    Thanks for the link jeffc - I was just reading that the other day...lots of good information there.

    #8 1 year ago

    Well, Lariat and Mibs from September 1969 both use bells, not chimes. And Skipper from October 1969 clearly uses chimes. This is easy to verify by looking at pics on IPDB that show the cabinet interior of these machines.

    So I'm going to go with zacaj and IPDB on this one (post #2) that the first use of chimes in a GTB game was Skipper, October 1969. Similarly, the first use of chimes in a wedgehead (single player) was the replay game Road Race, December 1969.

    The definitive answer to this question is slightly complicated by the fact that there were a couple of machines designed during these months that do not appear to be production machines. This includes the game Western (October 1969) that was apparently an Italian add-a-ball game not made in large quantities, and Auto Race, an Italian add-a-ball game that was not produced at all.

    Since Western was the Italian version of Lariat, which uses bells, we can guess that Western also had bells. If anyone has a copy of this game, or has a copy of the schematic for this game, they could confirm this.

    All in all, I think that it's pretty safe to say that the first production multi-player game with chimes from Gottlieb was Skipper (10/1969) and the first production wedgehead with chimes from Gottlieb was Road Race (12/1969).

    Again, the source for all of the above information is from IPDB. Thank you Jay Stafford!

    - TimMe

    #9 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the information, guys. I was doing a little feature for the local arcade here, about rebuilding a Gottlieb chime unit, and wanted to just give a little bit of history without sounding stupid....so it sounds like 1969 is the year! Many thanks. Coincidentally, my family had a Road Race in our basement for a few years while I was growing up - didn't know we had such a historic machine! I don't remember being in love with the gameplay, but I do clearly remember the domed doorbell attached to the front as the credit button. (No, I didn't do that.)

    #10 1 year ago

    It should be also noted that Gottlieb still used bells in games thru 1971.

    #11 1 year ago

    And then there are the 5 or so games where Gottlieb used 3 chimes AND a bell... 1971 to 1977.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Runbikeskilee:

    And then there are the 5 or so games where Gottlieb used 3 chimes AND a bell... 1971 to 1977.

    Yep! I sold a lovely 1977 Big Hit last summer that had both the chime and the bell. Such a cool game.


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