I've always loved pinball, from the first machine my physics-professor grandfather put me in front of to the B&W games from the mall arcades of my teen years. I'd even looked for machines to play locally but never had enough exposure to them to consider actually having one at home until recently.
Two years ago, our family moved from Amish country to a quiet town closer to Philadelphia simply to shorten my commute. We had no idea that there was a pinball arcade in town with dozens of well-maintained EMs. Interest rekindled, we discovered other local pinball locations and quickly became regulars. Obsession grew and soon we thought it was reasonable to have a machine at home, so the search began. Around this time a Pinsider in a local barcade told us we needed to get on here. It wasn't long before we made the decision to skip over buying a project and brought home a wonderful HUO example of one of the pins we'd enjoyed the most on location, TSPP. We also quickly discovered the depth of resources here for getting these machines back into the condition their players deserve.
The obsession fully in motion, we quickly began upgrading and modifying our first pin and soon had purchased our second and put down a deposit on a NIB. Less than a year from the first move, we will have three pinball machines in our basement. We've attended three pinball shows in around the same amount of time and taken two pinball 'vacations' so far. We've also made a lot of friends and played some fantastic examples of the coolest machines out there so for everything, Pinside, we are grateful.