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Pinball Machine Care and Maintenance Plastic Comb – March 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Springs; 1 edition (March 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917510135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917510137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, a very good book on the subject.
Allen Brown
This is a great book with valuable information for anyone interested in pinball machines and is a how-to guide on how to repair a pinball machine.
Larry W. Quan
A friend that's big into pinball machines recommended this book & I found it to contain a ton of useful information.
William H.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James Dillehay on May 6, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
This book has step-by-step help for people who have never maintained or repaired a pinball machine. The book has a full section on general repairs, another full section on fixing flippers, and chapters on what to look for when buying a machine, disassembling and setting up the machine, protecting the painted backglass and playing field, checking fuses and checking batteries for leaks.
The book has information about the balls, rubber rings, locks and missing keys, lightbulb types that should not be used, wiring problems, tips for making the machine faster and more fun to play, and where to find parts and game manuals.
This book gathers all this information in one volume, with a separate terminology section that describes the parts and operations of a pinball machine, a lengthy index, and over eighty illustrations. Highly recommended, best guide of its kind.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By EDWARD SORRENTINO on September 6, 2000
Format: Plastic Comb
An excellent resource for those who own an arcade pinball machine, need to repair it, and don't have a clue as to how to read a schematic. It offers helpful hints for creating simple testing devices. It also is written in clear, concise English with an offer for further help from the author.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Janomee2 on February 14, 2002
Format: Plastic Comb
If you're thinking of purchasing a pinball machine, this book will give you all the guidance you need to making a smart purchase. If you already own a machine, Bear's book will help you make repairs that you never dreamed you could do without a professional repair person. The explanations and drawings are presented for the novice. If you are a professional repair person, you will still probably pick up a tip or two from this book. I have many detailed repair books for pinball but I keep coming back to this one.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Al Wang on May 24, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
I could reduce the number of service calls I perform by over 50% if the pin owners simply followed this manual. The truth is, there isn't any other book that puts pinball repair in layman's terms. How many pinball owners can actually read schematics? How many really do their own circuit board repair? The point I would stress is that all the repairs in the book can be performed by just about anyone, no kind of previous experience necessary. It is truly an outstanding manual and should be required reading for all pinheads, novice or skilled.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Magazine Editor on May 20, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
I am the editor of GameRoom magazine which covers the world of pinball and all other coin-operated games. "Pinball Machine Care and Maintenance" is a hugely useful guidebook for novice and professional alike. What Kamoroff has accomplished here is the best of both worlds. By explaining the simple things, and offering helpful ideas to the seasoned folk, he's handed the hooby an all-around silverball guide.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philip O Hester on August 5, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
I acquired a 1971 Williams Klondike that had almost no maintenance performed on it in almost 25 years. Mr. Kamoroff's layman terms and step by step troubleshooting technics and hints saved me considerable money in returning a dead game into something special again. His simple approach to what may seem a difficult problem coupled with a everyman's writing style made for not only a handy manual but a very good read as well. I recommend this book to anyone who has an old pinball machine and I would not recommend anyone to even consider purchasing one without reading this book first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Leandro on May 27, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This is an expanded and updated Second Edition of my book: everything that was in the original edition plus 30% more pages, 50% more information, a dozen new chapters, many additional illustrations, and a full color cover. If you liked the first edition (the readers' reviews are still posted), my guess is that you will like this edition even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MadTownMoxie on June 8, 2010
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This guide is perfect for the Newbie to the Pinball hobby. It is written in clear concise language that is easy to absorb. It certainly has answered a number of my questions as I dove into buying my first game. It is broken down in a very logical fashion and approaches each major component of a Pin to make the subject easier to digest and certainly less daunting.

My only wish is that it had some actual photographs of some of the examples of the subject matter at hand within the book. There are tons of illustrations which helped immensely but some photos would help get your head around few of the subjects better.
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