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$20 (vol 1+2 for $30)
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by: jeffrey lawton
The long awaited Vol. 2 of Alan Marriage's Bally Bingo Service Guide
is out. It is a serious learning tool.
Fear not though, Alan does intersperse some humor through out the DVD.
This DVD combined with Bingo Repair Vol. 1 will really help the bingo
game owner understand his game operation. The Bingo game owner who
doesn't have the in-depth knowledge will be able to go directly to the
chapter he wants to know more about and be able to see real games,
real parts, real explanations. This doesn't teach "experience" and it
doesn't show how to take apart various components; rather, it shows
you how to determine where your trouble is.
Below is a breakdown of
each chapter. I apologize in advance for going into so much detail
but the quality of Alan's effort warrants me taking the time to
describe each chapter.
- 2 min: intro
- 20 min: review and revival. This section is a little long but it
is invaluable for a person who is trying to learn bingo machine
- 6 min: Play checking. I liked this section because Alan spots
problems & shows the viewer how to deal with them right then. This
section has some humor, which I personally enjoyed.
- 21 min: Scoring revisted. A long section but scoring is so
complicated that time needs to be spent on it. Personally, I like the
extra detail offered in this section. Alan shows a good modification
for the Search Lock Index switch stack to prevent future troubles.
- 17 min: 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. Alan shows the game right at initial set up and goes
through bringing it back to life. Alan gives Shaggy & Norm (This Old
Pinball series) a plug about cosmetic restoration. Alan doesn't do
any cosmetics on this DVD.
- 19 min: Shutter motor/Ball lift. Alan jumps between the manual
pages & the actual component. This helps the viewer associate the
real game to his reference material. Alan also shows the ball trough
switches in detail.
- 3 min: Ball count/Timer unit. Great detail actually showing all
critical unit & relay operation as the balls are being played. To a
person who is not familiar this is truly enlightening.
- 5 min: Power up Dead Machine. Chapter starts with a serious
failure then shows some relay operations from a working machine.
- 10 min: More Unit Discussion. This is a follow up to the serious
failure that occurred during the previous chapter. Alan shows the
damaged clutch that caused the actual failure then shows similar
clutches to describe how a clutch should look.
- 31 min: 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.
- 5 min: Closing sources & Slide Show. Shots of really nice games, some old, some rare. Great review of bingo game history.
- 10 min: 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
- 1 min: Try that again. Out-takes, funny.