I'm looking to purchase my first machine from a local collector. He's offered me pretty fair pricing on 4 machines that he's cycling out of his collection. Out of the following, which would you choose? Thanks!
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I check Craigslist and Ebay everyday, but so far have found individuals over-pricing what they have, or dealers marking machines up twice the price of what they are selling for in the pinball classifieds. Here are the prices he offered me:
I'm in Pennsylvania, and am looking somewhere in the PA, DE, or NJ areas; something within a reasonable traveling distance to pick up.
My take on the above from what I can watch on YouTube and read on IPD is as follows; but never having played any of these, was looking for input from people who have experience playing or from owners of the machines:
Roller Games: Cheezey theme and music, but game play actually looks pretty good. Looks like an underated pin due to its theme.
F-14 Tomcat: Sparse playfield, nice and fast looking machine, just worried if there's enough to keep interest for a while.
Taxi: Despite the good ratings the machine gets, it seems rather dull to me.
Police Force: Have read, "This machine gets the living snot beat out of it and certain parts are very likely to break", which worries me somewhat, as I don't want a machine that constantly needs fixing.
With all that being said, I'm leaning towards either F-14 Tomcat or Roller Games; unless something else comes along. Thanks for the input, it is appreciated.
The prices seem reasonable if they are fully working and shopped. It's a really tough question we see all the time and the hardest one to answer. It's kinda like asking us if you should marry a redhead, blonde, or brunette
Welcome to the forum and post some pictures when you decide and purchase. We'll be here for any other help you need in keeping whatever maintained.
In a perfect world Id say consider saving your money and getting something more modern and a little better.Lots of great games at 1000-1500 that wont get old as quickly but that is just my opinion,otherwise I would go with Taxi.There is always a good deal on ebay if your looking.
I own a F-14 and its great, I can't comment on the others since I haven't played them. F-14 seems to be one of fastest pins out there, get the playfield cleaned / waxed and your in for one crazy ride with the 4 ball multiball. I think the best comment I heard about this machine is "Steve Richie must of been mad that day he created F-14 Tom Cat" (it can be tough), the machine looks very cool (a unique design), and really comes alive when the 3 beacon lights come on.
Here's a video I created of mine, since then I added a new Pin Score display (still need to rebuild the flippers).