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For Sale or Trade: Black Hole 1981--Good Player's Condition

Added: 2023-07-22 06:49:21 UTC • Re-listed: 2 times (October 15th, 2023) • Ended: November 4th, 2023
Condition: Used - shows wear but 100% working and clean

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$ 2,888 (OBO)

Open for offers

Working & complete (though part of a subassembly is uninstalled), good condition.
Lots of spare parts + parts for making the game more robust
Shop job (clean/wax/rubbers/etc.) a few months ago, low plays since

See my wishlist for trades, but open to any offer
Easy garage-driveway load

Photos & video https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cxrku7kv0v5xgl3/AAC7Efi1RMXK9JdnqxaZjY6Ja?dl=0

THE GOOD
1 Game plays fast & strong. All switches, coils, & lamps work (some lamps a bit fussy)
2 A previous owner: Ni-Wumpf MPU board installed $250
3 A previous owner: Rottendog power supply board installed $80
4 A previous owner: ground mods were performed
5 A previous owner: backbox motor replaced w/ 3 RPM motor
6 A previous owner: power supply capacitors had been replaced
7 A previous owner: per PinWiki, remote drive for lower PF lift upkicker modded to use a pop bumper board
8 Per PinWiki, upgraded 6th pop bumper board--other 5 were already upgraded
9 Per PinWiki, modded lower PF lamp circuit to use 6.3V #44 or #47 bulbs instead of 28V #313 bulbs
10 Brand new MPU-to-Power Driver cable: pinned wires from Docent, NOS connector housings $87
11 Earlier this year, shop job
a Deep clean
b Polish & Blitz wax
c Rubber $22
d Window rubber mounts & screws $6
e Balls
f Printed apron cards
g Polished metal ball guides & shields
12 New repro plastics on top PF (lower PF plastics looked good enough, are simple black w/ white star dots, & not very visible). Black/white nylon acorn nuts on all plastics $96
13 All 5 new rollover lane guides $9
14 Full LEDs in PF, backbox, & coin door $50(?)
15 Astronaut keychain
16 Reduced re-entry gate coil buzz
17 Added a potentiometer to chase light PCB to adjust speed $2
18 Polished window
19 Added a GI bulb under back right plastic of upper PF, where there was none from the factory $3
20 New master fuse holder $1
21 All 6 displays look great
22 Backglasses look great

THE BAD
1 VUK tube lift from lower to upper PF used to occasionally not fire or take 2 tries to succeed. I think I've got that ironed out--dozen of kick-ups in a row without incident. Mech has a generic replacement coil installed before I got it
2 Lower PF saucer used to occasionally not register a lock. I think I've got that ironed out also--it's sensitive to the rear legs being too tall. If it sticks, a reboot kicks it out. Switch tests OK in test mode
3 3-4 flaky light bulb sockets
4 Cabinet has water damage--lower panel is a bit crunchy but intact. Left panel is a little warped near the rear (water damage?)
5 Cabinet was hand painted. Pretty good, but not as crisp as a stencil job. Painter stuck a sticker above coin door
6 PFs have some planking, clearcoat cracking, & minor wear (ex: around pops, & at right outlane at tube re-entry, which I covered w/ mylar to prevent more wear)
7 Lower PF gate mech, & its remote drive transistor, had been removed. I got/re-made all necessary parts but never finished rebuilding & installing--a rubber band is holding the gate open. Game plays OK as-is; gate is there for when 2 lower PF balls drain at the same time, but I never had an issue in this scenario
8 Tilt isn't tuned in quite right. Either too insensitive or too sensitive

THE EXTRA
I bought many new spare & bulletproofing upgrade parts. I didn't install all, mostly b/c the game has been pretty reliable as-is
1 Lower PF lift upkicker-PinWiki mod to use flipper coil & EOS switch to tune the coil force
a 2X A-20095 flipper coil & sleeve $30
b 2X GTB-B16363 flipper EOS switch $14
c 1X Cliffy custom bracket to EOS switch $10
2 Lower PF lift upkicker-stock config
a 2X A-4893 coil & sleeve (generic coil is in game) $20
3 Lower PF trough gate assembly
a 2X A-16570 coil & sleeve (wrong coil is in game) $20
b 1X Gate wireform. I recreated it so it should work fine when installed. Tested by hand but not installed
4 Backbox chase lights
a 2X pot that I grabbed when adding one to the chase light board. You won't need these
5 Remote drive transistor upgrades per PinWiki
a 8X 2N5879 transistor $72
b 2X 4.7kOhm pull-up resistor. I thought I had more, but I can't find them right now
6 5X pop bumper cap repro. Bought 6, installed 1 $36
7 6X flipper bat $14
8 6X red flipper rubber $5
9 Saucer locks
a 2 2X GTB-A11151 metal hole liner. For saucer lock holes to prevent wear(?) I got them to try fix a lock issue, but I found another solution $10
b 2X GTB-C15707W White Hole Base Plate & 2X GTB-C15708W White Hole Switch Arm. Per 9.a), I didn't need these either $5
10 4X rollover lane guide $8
11 3X capacitor for pop bumper PCB upgrades. You don't need these--all pop bumper PCBs have already been upgraded
12 4X window rubber grommet mount $2
13 1X Instruction manual (repro from Pinball Resource) $22

*Total cost of parts (installed or not), not counting tax & shipping: ~ $500*

Thanks,
Jason


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