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Classic 1978 Stern Stars Pinball Machine (better View)

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Published on Sep 18, 2007

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From the transitional period where solid state machines replaced electro mechanical. This machine has SS electronics and old fashioned chimes for sound. Song in the background is "Marseilles" from Australian band The Angels (Better known as Angel City in the USA)

Manufacturer: Stern Electronics, Incorporated, of Chicago, Illinois,
USA (1977-1984) [Trade Name: Stern]
Model Number: 103
MPU: Stern M-100 MPU
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS)
Production: 5,127 units (confirmed)
Serial Number Database: View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (IPSND.net) (External site)
Theme: Outer Space - Space Exploration
Notable Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumper (1), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (5), 3-bank drop targets (2), Spinning targets (2), Mini-post between flippers.
Design by: Steve Kirk
Art by: Jorge Obregon
Notes: 'Stars' is one of two 4-player games made by Stern Electronics that has a switch setting to convert the game to 2-player operation. This is accomplished by setting CPU Switch 25 to its OFF position. Designer Mike Kubin tells us that there were certain markets that wanted only 2-player games, although he could not recall which countries they were. Because the 3rd and 4th player score displays would be disabled for this, and likely were not even installed, Stern made a special 2-player backglass for these games. We do not know how many games were shipped with the 2-player backglass.

Stern discontinued the 2-player CPU option in subsequent games. The game that preceded this one in production, Stingray, is the other game that had this option, and a 2-player backglass can be seen in that listing.

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