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Classy Bowler (Prototype), 1956

Features: 1 game for 5 cents. Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (4), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (5), Gobble holes (2), left and right dual outlanes. Awards balls, five at a time, instead of replays. Sound: 3 bells, knocker.
Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company (1931-1977) [Trade Name: Gottlieb]
Date of Manufacture: 1956
Players: 1956 / 1
Year: 1956
Production: 1 unit
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Theme: Sports - Bowling
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: The backglass carries Gottlieb's famous phrase: Amusement Pinballs, as American as Baseball and Hot Dogs! This game was an experimental or test game, modified by Gottlieb. The replay wheel in the backbox is numbered in units of five, up to a maximum of 130, and the window that shows this number to the player is silkscreened with the word "Balls". There is no replay button on the front door; the game automatically resets after every 5-ball game unless there are no more "Balls" displayed in the "replay" window. There is an extra stepper unit (possibly Delay Unit A-4501) and an extra relay that are both mounted in the lower cabinet, separate from the motor board components, that make the Extended Play process possible by acting as a ball count unit and triggering reset. The score card reads "1 game for 5 cents" instead of the typical "5 balls for 5 cents". A notice for operators stapled inside the cabinet read, "Notice. Play game with 5 balls only. If 6 balls are used game will tilt and go out of order." A February 2005 GameRoom article from which this listing is based states that ownership of this game could only be traced as far back as its operation in a Wisconsin bar just prior to 1973. We don't know the cabinet serial number of this game, if it has a schematic specific to it, or if it has a unique model number different than Classy Bowler upon which it is based. Two other Extended Play prototype games have been identified: Gottlieb's 1957 'World Champ (Prototype)' Gottlieb's 1960 'Dancing Dolls (Prototype)'
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