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Bally - Speak Easy
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:50:12 PM »

I keep a record of all the games that come in for repair, and one I had recently was a rare game - Bally "Speak Easy" - the two player version. It was purchased by a customer off eBay after being sold and then relisted  ::) and he jumped on the opportunity. It was sold as a "working game", but it had a few issues that needed to be repaired. It had no sound ! The central part of the game - the roulette wheel didn't work also.

But "as is" - it was a very tidy example. The playfield is a bakerlite - so there is no wear except for a sunken insert !





Nice backglass





Really nice playfield





The roulette wheel issue was so easy a novice would take 5 minutes to find it - Dry joints on the expander PCB that hangs off the spinner motor. The sound issue was a complex issue, but it ended up being a capacitor shorting to ground. The biggest issue was the game was over-fused and jumpered incorrectly.





Such a common issue that is a real problem with eBay pinballs.


The game is a VERY cool theme and you start off with 5 balls. At the end of each ball, the roulette wheel spins and you can "win" an extra ball (+1) or LOSE a ball (-1). There are extra scores achievable as well. Playing a two player game is interesting as you can effectively lose 2 balls on your first ball. You can spin the roulette wheel in certain instances - when the outholes are lit is the easiest. But it comes with the same risk as the end of ball spin. It looks simple enough, but it is highly addictive !
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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 11:01:44 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2014, 08:49:06 AM »
looks like it could be a fun game
I need more room ! and more $$$

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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2014, 08:59:17 AM »
4 player version currently for sale on flea bay....not a cheap machine!

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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2014, 08:33:07 PM »
Anyone who like the look of Old Chicago (Bally 1976) would love the look of Speak Easy. ().

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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2014, 09:29:34 PM »
4 player version currently for sale on flea bay....not a cheap machine!

This game was re-listed and then won for around $600. A bargain ! This is also the rarer version.

Anyone who like the look of Old Chicago (Bally 1976) would love the look of Speak Easy. ().

Would look great together !
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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 09:59:22 PM »
You interstaters get all the bargains!

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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2014, 08:06:13 AM »
Anyone who like the look of Old Chicago (Bally 1976) would love the look of Speak Easy. ().

Very true .. I had an Old Chicago and now that you mention it this game sure does remind me of OC
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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2014, 01:18:02 PM »
What are the centre targets called. Rather than dropping they flip up and lock
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Re: Bally - Speak Easy
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2014, 07:44:27 PM »
What are the centre targets called. Rather than dropping they flip up and lock


They are "paddles" - the ball basically flips them up and they are held up until reset - like a reverse drop target bank. If you flip them in order (as per the rules set) you earn extra bonus. Bally "Grand Slam" has the same configuration.
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