Back Down to Two

By JudeRussell

October 30, 2023

This story got featured & frontpaged on November 04, 2023

32 days ago

I got my first game back in December 2019. We had lost our younger brother back in June and going through his "treasures" (he collected a lot of stuff, jam packed into a tiny apartment) made me realize that life is short. For someone who always loved pinball, well, dammit, it was time to get one. One became two in February 2020, just before the COVID lockdowns and closures. So I had something to do: cleaning, repairing, tweaking, and of course playing a Gottlieb Duotron (right in the sweet spot of my early playing days) and a Gottlieb Domino (a game that I might have encountered as a kid, but it would have felt a bit dated then with the art, the smaller flippers and bells instead of chimes). I enjoy having two different eras going. Neither game is a superstar but hey, it's pinball!

Ironically, when I was buying my first game, I passed by a wide-body Genie, fearing my little basement would be too cramped. Little did I know I'd soon have 3 games, as a Chicago Coin Sky Rider joined the rotation in March 2020 and somehow they all fit. I bought it for balloon pilot friends that I crew for who were building a barn (nice statement piece). The barn project took a lot longer than anticipated, but it's done, and it's time for Sky Rider to head out to it's intended home. 

Haven't broken down a game in a few years - and the heads of those 4 player EMs are heavy as hell. But it's broken down and will head out soon. I'm overdue to sort / clean / purge some shelving units that have been hiding behind the games (a quick solution to making room for the games that has been out of sight / out of mind for far too long) and having the extra room will make that a possibility.

After that, well, maybe another game. Probably stick with EMs and Gottlieb - a smaller wedgehead perhaps, and something with a bit more playability / fun. Drop targets would be nice....

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24 days ago

Thanks for sharing your story.........Wedgeheads baby!

20 days ago

Nice story. Look for a Gottlieb Ed Krynski designed drop target game, either a wedgehead or a 2-player (lighter than the 4-player versions). There's always room for more......until there isn't. Most games from the early 70's to the end of the EM era are fun and you can find videos of them being played or try them out with Visual Pinball and play them on a computer. Also the reviews and info in are useful in trying to decide on which game to look for. Of course Pinside market is a great place to start.
Good luck.

8 days ago

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your younger brother, and it's heartening to see how you found solace and joy in the world of pinball. The journey from one game to three, including the restoration efforts and the unique mix of Gottlieb Duotron and Domino, is quite a tale. The unexpected addition of Chicago Coin Sky Rider and the eventual move to its intended home in the balloon pilot friends' barn adds a nice touch to the story. Good luck with the upcoming shelf sorting and potential addition of another game. Any particular model you're eyeing for the next one?

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