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    I bought a Julie pachinko a couple of months ago and like everyone found it was way too loud. I bought the small circuit board style volume controls that go inline with each speaker. I bought them from eBay and received a package of six. I only needed two. After the install I discovered I needed to rotate them almost all the way clockwise to get any volume. Once there the sweet spot was extremely small. I struggled to get a reasonable level. It wanted to be either off or full volume. I used this setup for a month without any other problems.

    I wanted more control so I purchased the L-pad shown in the picture. Installing it was more involved than the small circuit board? style. I had to run six wires from the front of the machine by the speakers to the back where I mounted the L-pad. Finding a hole for the wires was a big challenge. I ran 18 gauge wire since thatís what I had. Next time Iíll buy 20 or 22 gauge. Once installed I had much better control than before. The range from off to full is very linear although my preferred adjustment is about a quarter knob from off. My first impression is that the sound is crisper than before and controllable from quiet to way too loud. Itís also nice to adjust it without opened the front.

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    Pictures of the volume controls
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    I remember back in the 1960's helping my dad install a few L pads in our family home .

    My dad even had a Matrix of six double pole double throw "Bat" Toggle switches in our recreation room and we had to learn the combination to send the radio, record , or reel to reel tape to two other places (Study Room and Living Room ) and also headphone jacks .
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    Recently the sound started cutting out after playing for 30 minutes or so. I touched the Lpad and discovered it was very hot. I couldn’t keep my finger on it for more than one second. Obviously too much power for it. I’m not sure what to buy next. I no longer recommend this one.

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    Recently the sound started cutting out after playing for 30 minutes or so. I touched the Lpad and discovered it was very hot. I couldnít keep my finger on it for more than one second. Obviously too much power for it. Iím not sure what to buy next. I no longer recommend this one.

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    You must have used a too low wattage of L pads


    Here some High powered ones that were manufactured in Japan for Radio Shack and offered at a good price.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-8-Ohm-Rea...edirect=mobile
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    Here is one wall mounted two controls with a total max handling of 120 watts

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pyle-PVCD15...edirect=mobile
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    Does anyone know the wattage of the amplifier in this machine and what the ohm rating is? I’d like to buy the correct one next time. My first two tries were an experiment that is adding up.

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    I talked to technical support at Parts Express and explained the problem with it getting too hot. He agreed The L Pad is too small for the amplifier. While he isn’t familiar with pachinko he thought the amplifier might be 30 watts. He said I could try a 50 or 100 watt LPad. He explained going too big isn’t a problem. Since this is my third attempt I went with the 100 watt unit. It should arrive in a few days. I hope this one works. Previous failed attempts have doubled the price of the game.

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    I installed my new 100 watt LPad. It works great although it is huge and I believe overkill. Next time I will try the 50 watt unit.
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    I wouldn't have put it right above the Hot Power Transformer .
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