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June 25, 2020  

Silverball Chronicles Ep 5: Stepping on Rakes - Gottlieb System 1

June 25, 2020

Silverball Chronicles with David and Ron

Episode 5: Stepping on Rakes: Gottlieb System 1 

Gottlieb was a giant in the pinball industry. Some would say that they created some of the most fun in the Electro-Mechanical era than all the other manufacturers combined. When the sea change of the Solid-State Era appeared on the horizon, Gottlieb the industry giant began stepping on rakes and never fully recovered.  

Come hang out with a slightly bitter Dave and an always chipper Ron as they chat about Gottlieb’s EM dominance, the industry transition to solid-state, what each companies technology was like, their favourite System 1 machines, vari-targets and the industry’s worst piece of garbage spinner! 


Pinside at

Wikipedia. Gottlieb. Here

Internet Pinball Database.

  • Gottlieb System 1 List. Here
  • Gottlieb EM List. Here

Kriesel, Dennis. This Week in Pinball. The Dawn of the Solid-State Era. Here

Credit Dot Pinball. Stumbling into Solid-State! Gottlieb System 1. Here

Shalhoub, Michael (2004). The Pinball compendium: 1982 to Present. Schiffer Publishing, Lt. Here