I am currently preparing to retire from the military and move back to the USA, and part of this process is the effort of moving all of our household goods. While I have moved at least 10 times during my career, this move presents some unique challenges. I bought my first 3 pins while living in Germany and moving them out of the basement and across the world has caused me some concern. While my machines are not collector quality, they are still classics which I've invested a lot of money and time into. I tell myself that these things were designed to be thrown in the back of a truck and carted around to various locations by operators who didn't care near as much as I do about a scuff or scrape here and there. I began a few days ahead by cleaning the playfields, removing all balls, trays, loose items and folding the heads down in preparation for the packing.
When the team of 4 movers showed up to the home I realized that while they had been working in the moving industry for 10-15 years, none of them had ever prepared a pinball machine for transport or moved one. They carefully documented the condition of the machines and with my supervision, we were able to remove the legs and wrap all 3 machines in about 4 hours. While I do not envy these guys, they were very professional and careful during the movement of the pins. Carrying over 200 lbs up a flight of stairs was done without so much as a bump into a wall. Some careful movement with dollies, hydraulics lifts, and shortly they were all safely packed into their crate for the 2-month journey to the USA. All 3 stored on their backs and properly marked for the movers on the other end. While I won't be there for the arrival, I've given clear instructions to the rest of the family. I really hope that the US-based moving company is as careful as the Dutch guys were!
3 Williams classics re-imported back to their birthplace! Let's see how they arrive :/