Bingo Pinballs

Created on 04-28-2014

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Bingo pins - Like, what's your opinion, man ??

 

MCD

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dasvis

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2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thinking about getting one of these just for the hell of it. Who has one & what do you think?
Yes, they are a nightmare of steppers, mixers, switches, motors, & relays.



 

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tamoore

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2 months, 3 weeks ago

My opinion is: Heavy. https://pinside.com/js/smilies/icon_wink.gif



 

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RILaw

Senior pinhead

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Good addition to a lineup. Mine actually gets more attention then the other 20+ pins/vids down there, but if it breaks....Goood luck.. Its scary in that head. They look cool as well.



 

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My opinion is: Heavy.

From what I gather, the majority of the weight is in the head, about 200# for the head & 100# for the body.



 

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zarco

Senior pinhead

2 months, 3 weeks ago

I've got two in my line up and really enjoy playing them. You can't really appreciate
bingo machines until you've restored one. No, they are not as exciting to play
as flipper pins but any serious pinball collection should have at least one IMO.
Main advantage is they are cheap to buy, and once you've gone through the
mechanical restoration, any other EM pin will be an easy task. They also have
a significant place in pinball history. With very few exceptions, bingos were the
ONLY pins Bally made in the 1950's. Yeah, they made that much money!
Steve



 

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tomdotcom

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2 months, 3 weeks ago

Old and boring, waste of space....you asked https://pinside.com/js/smilies/icon_smile.gif

I do like ALOT of old EM pins though...



 

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fflint_18

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great machine to work on if you like a challenge.

Thought I was a pretty good EM guy and I jumped right in to fixing a buddies.

Kept me up for several nights, but now I can say I conquered it.

Crazy complicated.

It's quite a skill to play.

When I was young I won a good amount of money on a couple at some bars where I grew up.

Now I just don't seem to have the same nudge factor.

So not a huge fan.

And yes it's back breaking heavy.



 

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nick-the-greek

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

I think you have to have played them in your youth to fully appreciate them, when real money was at risk. They require more thought and skill in order to have any real success than any two minute bounce around on a flipper game. The trouble is, a lot think that because they don't have any obvious means of controlling the balls, they are just a boring game of chance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Understanding how to properly play them, how they work and learning how to maintain them is a really enjoyable challenge, and they are nothing like as hard to repair as some suggest. I restore and maintain them with no problem, and I have had more hassle trying to fault find some flipper games than I ever have with a bingo, even a magic screen game. The only information I have used to learn is that freely available online.
My advice is go ahead and get one. Buy a working game, one with features of some sort, (not a six card game) do the cosmetics if you so desire, and learn how they work so you can sort any future problems. I'm sure, if you play one for a while, that you will come to appreciate them for what they are, a great way to enjoy real pinball.
Everything you could ever need to learn about them is on Phil Hoopers fantastic bingo site, here:
http://bingo.cdyn.com/



 

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EM-PINMAN

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Bingo's never did anything for me as I am not the gambling type. Saw plenty of them on location in the 60's and mid 70's as a kid. Plenty of different ones to choose from with all kinds of features and ways to win.

Plenty of folks do like them and if you hang out with a group of buddies you play cards with for bucks then having a Bingo would definitely add a little diversity in your weekend gaming.

Just my 2 cents.

Ken



 

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DanQverymuch

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting in their own way. Plays at a different pace. In the adrenaline department, bingos are more of a gambling rush when you get close to winning, vs the non-stop action of flipper games.

OT: Whenever I hear the word bingo, I can't help but think, Bingo the Clown-o!

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SJ

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SteveinTexas

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like them. I am currently restoring a Bally 1961 Can Can magic screen game. I agree that you ideally need to pick up a working game as spares can be difficult to get. It will be a good variation to the pinball's. Phil Hooper 's site is invaluable along with the repair videos by Richard Gerlitz or others.

Putting it back together will be a test.

Steve J.



 

NW

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nick-the-greek

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Spares are no problem at all. Joe Shope is the man. The prices are way out of date but you can download his catalogue here:
http://www.ballybingo.co.uk/index1.html
Click on the spares link.



 

JNC

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jodini

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

DanQverymuch....that was disturbing! (The bingo video)! And people wonder why clowns are scary! YIKES!

Dasvis - I recently fixed up a pitch n bat and was surprised that everything was about the same as an EM. I can't imagine things being much different here. And some pinball folks think pitch n bats are boring and clunky (they have a pretty heavy topper too ) but I like having something different in my collection and people tend to enjoy it when they come over to the house.



 

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Vic_Camp

Pinball addict
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2 months, 2 weeks ago

I have six bingos in my collection at the present time. They are Silver Sails,Gay Time,Dixieland,Lite A line,Coney Island and a digital 1993 New Continental Golden. I love them all for many different reasons. The 1950's woodrail bingos are beautiful and have interesting mechanical moving parts throughout the playfield and backbox.

There are the Magic Screen games like the 1961 Bally Silver Sails that allows the player to move into different screen positions of the backbox animation. There are colored sections for payouts and more.

The 1955 Bally Gay Time bingo can move the ball across the top row on the playfield numbered 1 thru 7 back and forth giving a player many winning combinations (MAGIC POCKETS). The GayTime can also move the numbers in the card in the backbox up and down on the four vertical lines on the card via the lock down bar (MAGIC LINES).

Talk to bingo collectors if you can and learn why we love these pinball machines so dearly. Also buy the Bally Bingo Pinball Machine book and read it a few times to get a solid grip on everything there is to know about these wonderful electrical engineered EM games. They are no harder to repair then EM flipper game if your learn their mechanical/electrical operation. Russ Jensen has a manual on this.

Flipper pinball is like the game checkers and Bingo Pinball is like the game Chess.
It's a mostly a mental game......you have to become one with the ball to make any winning combinations.

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MCD

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dasvis

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

 

Not sure what my wife would think if I brought home a "Gay time", (not that there is anything wrong with that)

Yes, I plan on picking up a few books on Bingo pins & perhaps invest in some repair videos too.



 

vcp

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Vic_Camp

Pinball addict
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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Read this i few times over and learn it inside out. If you do you will be able to repair most bingos.
http://www.pinballcollectorsresource.com/russ_files/inside.html
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SteveinTexas

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2 months, 2 weeks ago

Vic,
Your bingo's are superb examples.

Steve J



 

vcp

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Vic_Camp

Pinball addict
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2 months, 2 weeks ago

https://img-s.pinside.com/avatar/7d/tinythumb/7dad4e8f939d604453d81dce9ede8db05d467a4b.jpgSteveinTexas said:

Vic,
Your bingo's are superb examples.
Steve J

Thanks...i like them nice!
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