1977 Bally "Eight Ball" Pinball Machine In Action




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Published on May 26, 2012

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Anna having a decent game on our Eight Ball machine.

Manufacturer: Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983) [Trade Name: Bally]
Project Date: January 17, 1977
Date Of Manufacture: September, 1977
Model Number: 1118-E
Common Abbreviations: EB
MPU: Bally MPU AS-2518-17
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS)
Production: 20,230 units (confirmed)
Serial Number Database: View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (IPSND.net) (External site)
Theme: Billiards
Notable Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (4), Rollunder spinner (1), Left outlane kickback.

Maximum displayed point score is 999,990 points per player.
Design by: George Christian
Art by: Paul Faris
Notes: Although Eight Ball is a solid state machine, sound is not generated by a sound board. Instead, a 4-note MPU controlled chimebox produces the sound for this game. This provides the experience of solid state scoring and response, with the added nostalgia of Electro-mechanical chimes. The BONUS BALLS in the centre of the lower playfield are designated balls 1-7 for Players 1 & 3, balls 9-15 for Players 2 & 4.

Artist Margaret Hudson, who assisted Paul Faris on this game as a learning experience, says those are her initials on the bracelet of the girl in the backglass.

Two of the light shields are unusual as they have a second screening of red on top of the normal screening. This causes an effect similar used on the "Phantom of the Opera" glass, though no one probably would ever normally notice. For instance, "Pinky Tuscadero's" shirt on the slingshot plastic appears red when the game is on, and tan when it's off.


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