(Topic ID: 240867)

Zaccaria Time Machine neon


By greenacarina

5 days ago



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#1 5 days ago

Recently bought a Zaccaria from overseas. Fixing up some of the obvious board problems (corrosion, hacks, etc...) and did the voltage conversion at the transformer.
Looking at the neon tube for the backbox i can see there is a burnt section and the transformer that powers it is 220v. So, i need to replace the transformer anyway...and i am looking at possibly replacing the neon tube.
I am wondering - is the neon tube all one color? Pictures i have seen it appears to be 3 or 4 different colors...?!?
Should i replace the whole setup with LED's? Modern low voltage neon??
What have other zaccaria owners done here?

Thanks
Chris

#2 5 days ago

Someone tried making them a couple years ago, but it seems shipping was troublesome because of how large and fragile they were.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/zaccaria-neon-tubes

The best option would probably be to try to find someone in your region who can make neon tubes/signs.

#3 5 days ago

I'm guessing it's one color and the front glass makes it look like multiple colors. Neon is cool and I wouldn't change to LED or something else.

As ForceFlow said, check with your local sign shops and see if they can bend a tube for you. My local shop bent a tube for my Strange Science for about $60 a few years ago.

#4 5 days ago

There is a Zac game that has 3 colors in the neon tube. I don't remember which game that was. It was possibly Time Machine. I'm not sure you can get that done at a neon shop. You may have to settle for just 1 color.

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