By cooperscooter

December 02, 2021

This story got featured on December 14, 2021

1 year ago

Pinball restoration (with a few arcades thrown in) is my passion, and has been something I've been a part of since 1982 when I was about 12. Over the years I amassed a collection of machines, most of them beaten and destroyed, and brought them back to palying condition and beyond. I have worked in and around TTL/CMOS logic systems and analog/digital tech since high school, and while my jobs have changed, I can stll read a schematic and troubleshoot anything I can get my hands on. I usually end up over my head with graphics restorations of all types, but I have a decent network of artists I can reach out to for advice. My 100% objective is to make a pinball machine play like it was designed to, or what it can be brought to do with enhancements that make sense. While I love breaking out my meters and o-scope and getting Leon's Test Prom on a board on my bench, I am not above grabbing a solid emulation/replacemet board and moving on so the game will be reliable (certainly when I sell or place one on a site). During COVID, I moved into restoring Williams/United and Stern (Bally) shuffle bowlers and finding out those are fun in my home arcade, too! I'm one of the people poking around FB, here, and on the auctions sites looking for deals, helping out friends when their machines break down, and having people over to play in my arcade. COVID also brought another odd gift, as I wasn't keeping a regular sleep/work/downtime schedule for weeks - so I got ALL of my machines working 100% and put in a lot of upgrades, too. Its been fun to have my whole basement layout running in top condition and I'm not yet retired! The community here is terrific and I hope we can all help keep pinball alive, and still have a lot of fun in the process!

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1 year ago

Great line up, man!

1 year ago

Thanks! I ALSO have an English bulldog - well done!

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