Author Archives: Matthew Mandarano

About Matthew Mandarano

Matthew is a cinematographer and video specialist by day and pinball fanatic at night. Somewhere in between he also finds time to play the guitar, collect vinyl records and watch a good deal of movies and TV shows.

1991 Bally Party Zone and 1989 Williams Earthshaker Repairs

  These games are up at Hoots Roller Bar in Winston-Salem, along with a Williams Rollergames. Great line-up of games that do change from time to time, definitely check them out in the Winston area! I was originally contacted about … Continue reading

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1977 Bally Evel Kneivel Repair

This game was brought to me for some garage workshop love. Cosmetically, it was in actually very nice condition for an all original EK, but electronically it had sat for a long time and was a complete bring back to … Continue reading

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2012 Stern X-Men, 1988 Williams Taxi and 1991 Williams Hurricane Repairs

These three games are located at the soon-to-open Abari bar arcade near downtown Charlotte, NC. The owner, Zach, is looking to open March 1 and with everything else going on for the big opening, looked to some outside help on … Continue reading

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1978 Bally Star Trek Repair

Got a call from a gentleman with a Bally Star Trek. The game was mostly working fine but the player 1 display was missing a digit and there were no GI lamps working in the game. Upon inspection of the … Continue reading

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1992 Williams Bram Stoker’s Dracula Repair

Quite happy to be typing this post. This one was a tough one that I thought had almost got me, but here we are typing up the repair log. I was contacted about a repair on a Williams Bram Stoker’s … Continue reading

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1984 Bally Spy Hunter Repair Pt 2

So, I figured the unlocked MPU would solve all of our problems on Spy Hunter; however, when I plugged the board back in, we were still getting a locked on LED. I checked TP5 on the MPU board and it … Continue reading

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1978 Bally Silverball Mania Repair

Got a call for a non-booting Silverball Mania. I figured I’d be in for the typical corrosion damage on the MPU repair, as this one had had some at one point but had been neutralized and repaired in the past. … Continue reading

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1984 Bally Spy Hunter Pinball Repair

I like the Bally -17 and -35 games. I guess its a good thing too, as I do get a lot of service calls on these games. Most calls begin with, “It was working fine and lights up, but won’t … Continue reading

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Stern Metallica LE Repair

Got a call from a guy with a Metallica LE that was spitting two balls out into the shooter lane.   Most of the time when a machine spits two balls out, there is something wrong with the trough switches. … Continue reading

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1980 Bally Eight Ball Deluxe Repairs

Had a Bally Eight Ball Deluxe in for repairs that I recently finished up. It was only getting 6 flashes at bootup, missing the 7th and final flash which usually points to a loss of the +43vdc or the U10 … Continue reading

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