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    Help! I just joined a club with a 4 lane alley with semi-automatic pinsetters (yes,they require people to jump in the pit, roll the ball back, throw pins into the rack and then pull a cord to reset the pins. Fortunately, I'm familiar with this because I was a pinsetter as a kid. The lanes haven't been used in 20 years and I'd like to bring the back to life as is with the semi-automatic equipment. Where do I start? Where would I find someone to take a look at the lanes to see if they can be salvaged or are beyond hope? Can I check lane condition myself with a level or some other basic equipment? Only money available is "sweat equity" of fellow volunteer members. Any suggestions appreciated.

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    Re: ancient semi-automatic pinsetters

    Hey bud I have worked with semiautomatic pinsetters before at a local childrens home in Dallas. I don't know what part of the country you are in but you might try All American Bowling in Pittsburgh, Pa. The contact there would be Brian Saunier. He came to nearby Ft worth and helped install some semi's in a big Church's rec building to replace their A2's because they had no one to fix them. What kind of pins they using there??? I collect pins especially the unusual ones. Anyway try them atleast he can help you with any questions you might have. Good luck...and let me know what you find out.

    Mike

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      Re: ancient semi-automatic pinsetters

      Quote:]Originally posted by Mike F:
      Hey bud I have worked with semiautomatic pinsetters before at a local childrens home in Dallas. I don't know what part of the country you are in but you might try All American Bowling in Pittsburgh, Pa. The contact there would be Brian Saunier. He came to nearby Ft worth and helped install some semi's in a big Church's rec building to replace their A2's because they had no one to fix them. What kind of pins they using there??? I collect pins especially the unusual ones. Anyway try them atleast he can help you with any questions you might have. Good luck...and let me know what you find out.

      Mike
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      Thanks, Mike. I'm in Philadelphia so your advice is appreciated. We've got old pins lying all over the place. The next time I'm in there I check and let you know what I see. Other than brand name and color how can I identify them for you?
      Dave

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        Re: ancient semi-automatic pinsetters

        Dave,

        I guess the best way is to just look at the label on the pins and tell me what they are. If they have no coating just painted white they are pretty old. That is the only thing I know to do wish I were nearby I would take a run up there and check it out and see what pins are there and what I could help you with. Sounds pretty neat to see. These are the Brunswick semi automatics right??? Anyway let me know what you find in the place.

        Mike

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          Re: ancient semi-automatic pinsetters

          Quote:]Originally posted by Mike F:
          Dave,

          I guess the best way is to just look at the label on the pins and tell me what they are. If they have no coating just painted white they are pretty old. That is the only thing I know to do wish I were nearby I would take a run up there and check it out and see what pins are there and what I could help you with. Sounds pretty neat to see. These are the Brunswick semi automatics right??? Anyway let me know what you find in the place.

          Mike
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          I think they're Brunswick. I don't think AMF was around back then. Next time I'm in I'll check the pins.
          Dave

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