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The Impractical Guide to Living with Pinball Machines
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The Impractical Guide to Living with Pinball Machines

"If you know how many pinball machines you own, you don't have enough."

- Unknown

Things to consider as owners embark into the wonderful world of pinball.

Most people do not realize the overwhelming amount of experience, space, and parts required to maintain dozens of games.  A handful of games is not a problem, until they begin to materialize out of thin air...

Time alone is basically a full time job, unless you store machines, and do not play them. Particularly, if the machines are from multitude of manufacturers.

At one point, I owned titles from Bally (6 generations), WMS (5 generations), AGC, Zaccaria, Stern, LTD, Chicago Coin, Gottlieb (4 generations), Gameplan, Sega, Data East, and Interflip. That is   > Read the full story...

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How pinball got me on tv!

“How pinball got me on tv!”

June 20th, 2017

About a year ago my parents bought a new house, we were moving to a bigger house because of our pinball machines. The people from the bank we're at thought it was so interesting that they wanted us to be   > more...

Getting Back In The Game

“Getting Back In The Game”

June 16th, 2017

I always loved pinball.  Played with my friends as often as I could, which was a lot! TAF was the machine that sucked me in. I could have bought several machines for the coin I put through my local machine as a   > more...

Comedy&Pinball Podcast

“Comedy&Pinball Podcast”

June 5th, 2017

I'm a comedian out in NYC that plays pinball and also does comedy, I also have a day job. So between those three things I stay very busy, and I started a podcast with another comedian friend of mine. We   > more...

Pin Memories and Pin Future

“Pin Memories and Pin Future”

May 24th, 2017

Has it only been a year? No, it's been one year, two months, and four days since that fateful day that I went from being a dude who enjoyed playing pinball to a dude bringing his first machine home.  I   > more...

CoinOp Addiction

“CoinOp Addiction”

May 16th, 2017

My story starts 25 years ago when my brother moved into his new house and there it was, a 1964 World Fair in the basement, left by the previous owners. I was 23 years old and loved pinball and video   > more...

A Real Wild Card

“A Real Wild Card”

May 11th, 2017

My story? When I was very young my grandparents had a Williams Wild Card machine from 1977. I recall really enjoying it. It sat near the regulation pool table and the wind up antique phone that hung on the wall   > more...

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This is where you can find pinball machines and parts or put yours up for sale !

Pinball events

Pinball Land Open this Thursday

Santa Ana, CA (US) June 22, 2017

Bat City Open

Austin, TX (US) June 23—25, 2017

Starfighters Arcade Pinball Tournament

Mesa, AZ (US) June 24, 2017

Abari Pinball Tournament #14

Charlotte, NC (US) June 24, 2017

Pints and Pins

Regina, SK (CA) June 25, 2017

Pintastic New England

Sturbridge, MA (US) July 6—9, 2017


BIAR (ES) July 8—9, 2017

Jerry's Pizza Pinball Tournaments

Waialua, HI (US) July 8—November 11, 2017

Pukekohe IFPA Classics Classic

Pukekohe, Au (NZ) July 9, 2017

2017 South Louisiana Summer Pinball Tournament

Houma, LA (US) July 15, 2017

Pinball news Headlines


The first pictures of Stern Pinball's new Star Wars game are revealed showing the three variants and the playfield layout, and we've got them right here.   Read on...


It's been described as "one of the best bars in the US" so naturally it has pinball machines, but M.G. Brown tells us what else makes Manuel's Tavern such an enjoyable place to visit.   Read on...


We're back at the Dutch Pinball Association's clubhouse in Veenendaal. With main, classic and team events taking place alongside a free-play area, there's lots going on and we bring you all the action and results   Read on...


Not content with two locations in Austin, Texas, Pinballz opened a third just north of the Capitol and we have been there to see if the new branch lives up to its name.   Read on...

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Just starting

Just starting

My buddy and I started this pinball repair business {mainly because we get to play the games while we work   >

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Just to introduce myself, I'm Bob Williams in Pembroke GA. Not really a pinball guy, but I do have a   >

My First Pinball Machine and Restoration

My First Pinball Machine and Restoration

Shortly after I had gotten out of the service, I had moved back to live with parents untill we had   >

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The first pinball I remember playing

We used to hang out at the local YMCA after school and on weekends in the early 1970s. I moved   >

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Almost bought a Sharkey's Shootout

I've been trying to buy a Sharkey's Shootout from a former operator for over  a month now. The guy is   >

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My Pinball story

Always had a fascination with pinball and played occasionally when I was a kid/teenager but my focus was primarily arcade   >

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My infusion with the silver ball

After closing down my dying handyman business during the recession I began a more lucrative career growing marijuana, prior to   >

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My Pinball Song

Ever since I was a paperboy, I had to heed the call. From Shoreline down to Bothell, I must have played them all. Way   >

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I start knowing whot pinball is in early 90s in my eastern-european hometown Prague (Czech Republic). We are not much   >

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New to Pinball Restore/Repair

I am wanting to start buying and fixing Pinball Machines for my personal use.  I have always wanted to work   >

Pinball Tournament of Death 2017 - Help Wanted!

Pinball Tournament of Death 2017 - Help Wanted!

So I'm in the infant stages of the fifth year of my crazy "hauntcade" and I must say... it's mind   >

The Passion of the Pinball

The Passion of the Pinball

     There is one main thing that we have in common. The passion for pinball. This is why we are   >