Alan Marriage has produced this 2 disc DVD video - Volume 1 and Volume 2, about Bingo pinball machine maintenance.
Volume 1 is for people who own a working Bally Bingo pinball machine and want to keep it that way. Topics include:
2. unit identification and location
3. cleaning/adjusting/testing switches and stepper units
4. changing lamps (including magic screen number lamps!)
5. search index unit adjustment
Much of the information presented applies to getting a game that has been in storage working.
This is not an instructional overhaul/rebuild video. Alan does show removal of the search wipers, but taking apart the control unit or mixer shaft assemblies is beyond the scope of the material.
Also, this is not a troubleshooting video. Specific game symptoms are not addressed.
Volume 2 will help the bingo game owner understand the game operation. Novices will be able to go directly to the appropriate chapter and see real games, parts, and detailed explanations.
1. Introduction (2 minutes)
2. Review and revival. Extensive and valuable chapter for a person trying to learn bingo machine operation basics. (20 minutes)
3. Play checking. Troubleshooting and repair for for immediately visible problems. (6 minutes)
4. Scoring revisted. Scoring is complicated and time needs to be spent on it. Alan shows a good modification for the Search Lock Index switch stack to prevent future troubles. (21 minutes)
5. Dead machine arrival. The person who has just bought a bingo and is checking it out for the first time will really appreciate this section. The game is shown at initial set up and is brought back to life. Alan gives Shaggy & Norm (This Old Pinball series) a plug about cosmetic restoration. Cosmetic repairs are not covered on this DVD.(17 minutres)
6. Shutter motor/Ball lift. Comparison between the manual pages & the actual component. This helps the viewer associate the real game to his reference material. Ball trough switch detail. (19 minutes)
Ball count/Timer unit. Detail showing critical unit & relay operation as the balls are played. (3 minutes)
8. Power up Dead Machine. Begins with a serious failure and shows some relay operations from a working machine. (5 minutes)
9. More Unit Discussion. Sequel to the serious failure that occurred during the previous segment. Description of damaged clutch that caused the failure and comparison to similar clutches to describe proper operation. (10 min.)
10. Trouble Shooting. Starts with a common "no start on coin" problem, reviews schematic reading, wire color identification, etc. Alan shows how he identified the suspected switch that caused the trouble, went to the switch and proved the cause. Alan goes through other troubles in detail, showing trouble, identification technique, and solution. What I like is that Alan finds the troubles, finds the solutions just as a normal person would encounter similar problems. (31 min.)
11. Closing sources & Slide Show. Shots of really nice games, some old, some rare. Great review of bingo game history. (5 min.)
12. Special feature - One Ball 5 Cents. If you've never seen One Ball games from bygone days, you will love this section. I know I did. (10 min.)