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    The Tribute

    Pull up a bar stool and get the low down on Tapper!


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    The Facts

    Manufactured by Williams, Tapper holds a copyright of 1983 and has some play mechanics like no other game. Game play includes filling and serving drinks to patrons as they march down many bars. Serve them before they reach the end of the bar and don't drop any mugs as you serve your customers. Around 3300 uprights were made, 300 cocktail models were also made and there are 10 or 12 prototypes with color side art that were created exclusively for Budweiser floating around somewhere in this world.
Tapper

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    So what's your story?

    My Tapper came to me from a local seller but still needed some repair. The last owner had just replaced the p.c. boards and recapped the monitor so electrically the machine was solid. On the "to do" list was the replacement of the missing rear door, and various cabinet cosmic work.

    Project one was to replace the missing rear door. A quick stop at the lumber yard netted a sheet of 3/4 particle board and I already have a large collection of locks and paint to finish the job. A router is really needed for this job as these doors are always notched out top and bottom. some routing, painting, and drilling out for a lock and a new door was on the machine
    With the new door in place I set off to rebuild the coin door. The normal coin repair is a full striping of all the parts, replating the chrome parts, sandblasting the rust off the door, and prettying it all up with a fresh coat of paint.
    The control panel was next. The old control panel overlay was striped off because it was in horrible shape. The new replacement isn't 100% ether. The NOS replacement has a small cigarette burn in it in the top upper left corner, but it in not a noticeable as the cracked bend of the original control panel overlay. The Tapper handles were also missing but were replaced with repro stickers from Tom XXXX site
    The last repair was on the brass rail. I tried taking the old one off, and cleaning it real good with brass polish but only the end caps cleaned up to the point where they could be reused ,but the rail was shot. Off to Home Depot for some brass tube that I then cut and put in place using the original end caps. When I was done I was left wit a very nice machine.


Some Sounds from my Tapper
 

Catch the bartender to go to Tapper sounds!


Some pictures of my Tapper

 Tapper Front 

Right Side 

 Left Side

Inside  

 Inside again

Tapper Front

Right Side

Left Side

Inside

Inside ( close up )

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 Tapper Front 

 Back

 closeup

Control Panel 

Tapper Front

Right Side

Left Side

Inside


Do you have a Tapper arcade game and need some of it's technical information? Visit the library for the full manual. Click Here for the wiring page or Here for the switch settings.



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