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New Product! Gottlieb System 1 NVRAM Module
Posted on 02/10/2018

Added a new nvram product to the website!  The Gottlieb System 1 NVRAM Module will help with your quest of eliminating all batteries from your pinball machines!  This is an nvram specifically for the Gottlieb System 1 machines that utilize the 5101 data inputs/outputs separately, unlike how most pinball/arcade games tied them together.

Limited Availability for the moment, as this is a 3rd party product and I only had materials on-hand from what was sent to me.  The design was done by CactusJack over at Pinside, who graciously sent me the extra pcbs/materials he had after updating some of his games.  I have 8x assembled boards available right now, once they're gone there will be a bit of a delay in availability on these.  Introductory Price of $19.95, which is a steal considering all the extra components on these to get them to work properly with Gottlieb System 1 & time required for assembly.  Great way to judge the market on a product I've wanted to offer for quite some time now!

Credit Dot Pinball Reviews Pinitech LED Displays!
Posted on 08/23/2017

Credit Dot Pinball just reviewed Pinitech's newest LED display offerings for Classic Bally/Stern pinball machines.  Both the Pinitech TRADITIONAL and Pinitech UNO displays were part of the review.  We won't spoil the verdict for you, but suffice to say -- these new displays have been receiving some great feedback!  So check it out if you want to learn more about the displays -- there's even a brief interview at the end with yours truly!  Also don't miss the recently reviewed Pinitech RETROFIT (conversion kits) if you have some old out-gassed displays kicking around and want a different type of project!  And definitely check out the rest of what Credit Dot Pinball has to offer -- there's a lot of fantastically written articles, interviews & product reviews!

Two New Classic Bally/Stern LED Display Kits!!
Posted on 07/22/2017

Excited to announce two new products that have been added to the website and will be available via shopping cart shortly.  Both are FULL LED Display Kits for Classic Bally/Stern pinball machines.  There are two different styles of displays, the TRADITIONAL (two-board design) that we're all used to and the UNO (single board design).  I was keeping a tight lid on showing off the UNO until boards came in and I could verify the design.  Happy to say both of these kits are working great and I have a limited quantity of the first run of boards that I'm offering a 5% discount on until they sell out.  At this time I'm just taking orders via email or Pinside PM.. but I'll be working toward ordering more materials in for them & expect them to be available via shopping cart here on the website around mid-to-late August.  These are awesome looking displays that are low-current usage and will totally transform the look of your machine!

Updates / New Projects
Posted on 06/29/2017

Some quick updates.  More of the 7-digit PCBs for the RETROFIT displays came in this week, so no more inventory shortage there.  I'll be ordering more 6-digit conversion PCBs sometime soon as well.  The 5101 NVRAM... yeah I'm going to have to figure that one out.  The compact board just takes so long to build to hit the same price-points as the 6264/6116 modules.  I may create an alternate design as mentioned in the previous post.  The compact board would likely stick around too, but be offered at a slightly higher price as it was before.  That way people that want that look still have the option.  I have some other things in the works right now, so this may be a few months off yet.

Speaking of other things in the works.. I finally had a chance to get back into some PCB design in the past month or so.  That means, NEW PROJECTS!  Eagerly awaiting board orders for new and exciting projects is pure torture :)

5101 NVRAM Module **now DUAL CE only**
Posted on 05/24/2017

I've decided to do away with offering the "LIGHT" version of the 5101 NVRAM Module, at least from the shopping cart stand-point.  The module was offered as two versions, one with some additional circuitry to handle both chip enables at a slightly higher price-point since it required some additional soldering -- the other that bypassed that circuit and just handed the single chip enable.  The issue with these modules (along with the 5114 module) is the compact size / small footprint makes for a more complicated build and assembly is much more time-consuming than the other modules.  So with much thought over the first half of this year, I'm just going to drop the "LIGHT" version and also drop the price of the "DUAL CE" to match the pricing of 6116/6264 modules. The downside to this is I'm significantly cutting into my labor rate, but the upside is it's less confusing to have to explain the differences between the two versions.  If the assembly becomes too much of a headache, I may just go back to a larger pcb footprint for the module.  I really like the compact look of the current design, but most people are probably sticking these in their machines and not really admiring the beauty of a small board :)  For now though I have plenty of boards to use up, so enjoy the lower pricing!

Back From Pinfest!
Posted on 05/09/2017

Got back from Pinfest a few days ago.  Saw quite a few familiar faces & despite being horrible with names, I recognized many people from last year!  Thanks to everyone that stopped by to say hello or purchase some nvram!  I'm sure I missed some people since it got incredibly busy at times with also helping with the project machines my father brought along, so I apologize if anyone stopped by with questions and I was busy.  I kept inventory very light this year anticipating I wouldn't have time to build out a full assortment of products or answer questions about diagnostic tools, etc like last year... and definitely glad I did since it got pretty busy at times just with what was brought along.

Now that the show is over, I'll be refocusing efforts toward a few products I'd like to get a leg-up on with inventory.  5101 nvram is definitely one of those items.  I just didn't have time to get a bulk amount ready before the show, but I'd like to get quantity discounts re-added for those.  Diagnostic tools will still likely remain a "special request" type of item for assembled boards.  I'll likely add DIY KIT options back to the shopping cart on those but don't expect to get much pre-assembled for those anytime soon.  If there's anything you're interested in that's not available via shopping cart, send an email & I'll see if I can work it into the mix.

Availability On Some Items (Diagnostic Tools, etc)
Posted on 03/04/2017

If you've visited recently, you'll have noticed diagnostic tools and some other niche items have had some limited availability in the last few months.  This has mainly been due to lack of time to build these items on-demand while I was working through a bunch of project machines.  The good news is, shopping cart links will be restored soon for items that have had limited availability for the start of 2017.  I'll be updating shopping cart links sometime over the next week or two so that DIY Kits are available for anything I already have kits packaged up for... instead of having the shopping cart links completely down for those items.  Assembled options may still be by email request  or wait-list sign-up for a bit, until I can get ahead of inventory.

Items Coming Back-In-Stock
Posted on 12/08/2016

Have a few items now back-in-stock.  First up, the Neoloch Inquisitor IC Testing System is once again in-stock and we're shipping the latest version with the PIA blade that also tests 6532 RIOTs.  Only have a handful of these, but will re-order much sooner if they sell out quick.  Also back are the Bally/Stern Bench LED Display, Bally/Stern Lamp Driver Board Tester (assembled version) and Bally/Stern Solenoid Driver Board Tester... as well as the MEGA BUNDLE for most of the Bally/Stern testers in one bundle price.  One last item is an AMBER DIGIT OPTION for the Bally/Stern DIY LED Display Conversion Kits.  Some of these items may experience a bit of a delay in shipping from time of order since they'll be assembled on-demand (mainly the Bally/Stern diagnostic tools or MEGA bundle).

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