By Billan

July 19, 2020

1 year ago

I have had 5 machines over time (Twilight zone, Lost in space and 3 different Star Trek) but they have been sold due to moving around working in Europe but now am I retired in Algarve/Portugal and want to have a machine again. The problem with Portugal is that pinballs are rare down here and people that can maintain the pinballs are few and the majority are up in Lisboa, so I thought Vpin could be a good option.

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1 year ago

vpins are great. if you put the time into them to tweak them out, you can get them to play very close to the real thing. nothing is like the real thing, but the tech is getting close.

1 year ago

This. I have a VPIN running 3rd Gen Ryzen with a modest 210 tables all tweaked to perfection on a 4k setup. If done right, and you take your time getting each table and the front end nice, you will have a respectable machine. This is all supported by a fantastic community. I say go for it :)

1 year ago

From a returning owner standpoint, I was worried with the same thing. I actually had to let go of a couple favorites for half the price cause there wasn't anyone willing to fix it close by. I'm lucky to be in an area where I have access now. However, seems that even thou I have a good connection with a group of techs, It always gets to be too long for them to be able to get to me. Most often I have diagnosed and even fixed the issue before they were available. I have no background in electrical or electronics. But I slowly picked things up by doing mods to my games. Each time I add something gives me more and more confidence. The best part is the online support aspect. Millions of issues and answers already exist for every problem I've encountered. I just came across a new issue tonight came on pinside did the search and without even opening the game I know exactly what's wrong and what part needs to be changed out. Then there's the videos of people showing you step by step instructions to fix it. Now it's all about the right machine to start with. So make sure you play the game before you buy to test all the switches and features. If your going with NIB then don't worry about anything, general maintenance and updates should keep that running smoothly for quite awhile.

1 year ago

there is a guy called fernando sousa, who sells real machines in portugal. he ships a lot to germany and has a good reputation on the german forum. he is located in braga, portugal and im sure will also ship to the south.

if a real pin is an option, he is your guy.

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