Newbie looking for hobby

By Drag0n1674

December 15, 2023

This story got frontpaged on December 16, 2023


77 days ago

I am currently a 18 year old "baby" game tech at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville, Fl. I have always been intrigued by tech and troubleshooting. When I was working one day, there was a customer who came in recommending this site and the pinball industry. After a few back and forth communication, he showed me pictures of restoring vintage pinball machines. It was interesting and loaded at first. But it seemed fun. The arcade games that I currently work on tend to have a limited amount of boards and connectors, making them relatively simple to troubleshoot. However, the pinball machines appear to be very complicated and cluttered. I cant think of any other word that can describe what I felt, rather than "interested." Just looking at the pictures, I was eager to learn and work with those kinds of machines. While I may not be the best gametech at my work, I am always excited to soak up new information and details. Maybe, pinball could be one of those things? I am a pinball newbie looking for guidance in to the industry. The ins and outs and how to go about it, if I wished for it to be a hobby of mine. 
 

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75 days ago

Hey. PM me. I'm in Jacksonville too, and have just gotten into pinball over the last year or so. Own one machine and am building a homebrew machine too. I'd be happy to connect and share what I've learned so far and connect you to some of the local folks I've met.

46 days ago

I am in Callahan, just north of Jacksonville, out past the airport. I restore pinball machines as a hobby. You’re more than welcome to come see what I’m working on. I do the whole package: woodworking, painting, mechanical, electrical, and board repair. PM me and we can talk.

Doug

38 days ago

I started restoring pinball machines when I was around 20, 5 years later I have completely restored 4 machines and have 11 more In storage to restore and add to the collection. It's an awesome feeling taking a machine that looks like it belongs in a dumpster and making it look new again. If ya have any questions about the restoration aspect pm me.

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