Thanks to Alan Darby, BBB #20
|Steve Charland||All EMs & EM hacks||Sunny California|
Al "AL", R.I.P.
|link||All '70s EMs||Grass Valley, CA|
|Jeff G||link||Gottlieb EMs||Indianapolis, IN|
|Marvin G||'50s and '60s Gottlieb EMs||Connersville, IN|
|Rick||EMs from the 50's on...||Rochester Hills, MI|
|Chris Hibler||link||Gottlieb EMs||St. Louis, MO|
|Cliff "Cliffy"||link||Pinball, what else?||Bay Area, CA|
|Russ "GoCatGo"||'60s and '70s Gottlieb EMs||West Hurley, NY|
|Jim "Gott Lieb?"||link||All EMs||Harrisburg, PA|
|Jeff "4Way"||'70s EMs||Brooklyn, NY|
|Ken||Bally EMs||Chicago, IL|
|Todd||All EM pins...|
|Mike O||Gottlieb EMs||Overland Park, KS|
|Carl W||link||Gottliebs w/Drops, AABs||Acton, MA|
|Pat G||Gottlieb EMs||Butler, PA|
|Fwed||Driving the Team-EM bus!||Connecticut|
|Brian S||Bally EMs||Lerna, IL|
|Don O||All EM pins...||Glenelg, MD|
|Steve Y||link||Williams/Bally EMs||Cleveland, OH|
|Kerry I||link||All EMs||Rochester, MN|
|Sean K||All EMs||USA|
Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons project
Ken Walker, one of our Team-EM buds, is lending a
hand to Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman with the
"Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons" retro-pinball project. Congratulations Ken!
The rest of us are (I'm sure) quite envious of this honor!
Surf on over to the link below for more info. Cool project!
With great sadness, we mourn the loss of one of our Team-EM founders, Al Garber, who passed on April 3rd, 2009.
Paula Radl created a "Pinball Tribute" to Al which is
featured in this months GameRoom Magazine.
See it here. Nice work Paula!
This picture was taken at Pin-A-Go-Go 2009
We are standing in front of Al's favorite game, "Spanish Eyes"
Pictured L-to-R: Chris Hibler, Steve Charland, Jon "Man Cub" Garber, and Cliff Rinear
Over 1,000,000 happy
EM owners cheerfully served! Really!*
Catch us on rec.games.pinball
Confirmed Fix Count
~A journey of a thousand
with one "stepper"~
- Dr. AL Garber, circa December, 2006
Pictures, Cartoons, and Articles
A few pics of
some Team-EM folks at Allentown, 2007, can
Chris Hibler and Jeff Geisting, representing Team-EM at the Texas Pinball Festival.
Steve Yates, Brian Saunders, Don Owen, Jim Palson, Pat Gallagher, Russ Cashdollar, and Chris Hibler at Allentown, 2009.
The Team-EM quick-check method, as performed by Dr. AL Garber.
Re-engineering a Gottlieb Lucky Hand to include BOTH WOW and novelty scoring features! - by Steve Charland
Replacing Gottlieb EM drop targets - by Jim "Gott Lieb". It just ain't that hard!
Rust removal - by Mike O - ***coming soon***
Oddball coinop equipment - by Pat G - ***coming soon***
Flattening Playfield Plastics - by Chris Hibler
A nice "hack" to fix the 1975 Gottlieb Fast Draw scoring/timing issue - by Steve Charland and Chris Hibler
How can Team-EM best help you?
Simple. Send up the
Team-EM signal (shown above, right).
Or, more practically, post your problem on RGP with complete, detailed information.
Posting titles in this format will get the attention of Team-EM: "Tech EM: <insert problem statement here>"
For example, something like this: "Tech EM: Gottlieb Spirit of '76 not resetting target banks"
Including the answers to these questions
in your post is VERY helpful:
1. Is this a new game, or have you had it in your collection for a while?
2. Has the game always (since you've owned it and before if known) exhibited the symptoms or are these new symptoms?
3. Do you have the schematics and are you comfortable reading them?
4. What is your general level of experience with EM pins (my first pin, able to make simple repairs, understand the schematics and
how circuits work, etc.)
Once a solution is
verified to have fixed the problem, we ask that you post your results on RGP to help
others who might
come across this very same issue sometime in the future. Future "googlers" will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
What is Team-EM?
a group of EM devotees
interested in keeping these engineering marvels working and helping others to
fix their games.
Note that being an EM devotee doesn't mean that we don't love SS games too.
Why is there a Team-EM?
Well, just for the heck
of it. RGP is about pinball, sharing knowledge, helping others, making good
friends, and adding at least a
little humor to our daily lives. Team-EM is just one way to accomplish these things and to increase the signal-to-noise ratio on RGP.
And...we're all a bit...a..."touched", you know, like the Irishman in "Braveheart".
Does Team-EM deal exclusively with EM Pinball?
Heck no. We love all pinball and will try to lend a hand when we can. We just love our EM pins a wee bit more.
What if you "stump" Team-EM?
With all the expertise
we've assembled, I wouldn't guess that this will happen very often (we say
with maximum humility).
However, if Team-EM is unable to lead you down the path to success with your game, we will promise to make a $1
donation to one of several charities.
How do you become a member of Team-EM?
Pretty simple really. You
can gain a nomination from a current member of Team-EM by demonstrating your ability
help fellow EM owners work through game problems in a methodical manner over a sustained period of time. We place a large
emphasis on thoughtful responses. We do not enter into flame wars. We always work with the best intentions in mind and accept
nothing in return but thanks.
*Um, not really. But maybe someday!