And so it begins...

By Mach5Amps

October 10, 2019

41 days ago

When I was growing up in the mid 1970's, there was a kid named Keith who lived just up the road.  His dad had a pinball machine in their house.  I don't know for sure, but I think that was a pretty rare thing back then.  I mean, this was back when Pong was still newish.  A pinball machine?  It was awesome for a kid.  Flash forward to my teen years, and while my peers were into Pole Position, Dig Dug, Centipede, and the like, I would always play the pinball machines.  The skating rink, the mall's arcade, whatever.  Then, late 80's/early 90's, while in the service, I'd play PinBot at the club on base.  Frankly, I was never really good.  But, man, I dug playing.  Then, after college, a work colleague had an Evel Knievel pinball machine in his den.  I coveted his pinball machine.  I wanted one too.

However, I was into cars and guitars.  I have a replica Shelby Cobra project underway, probably about 20% done, and a guitar & amp collection which includes some darn nice ones.  Cars and guitars are enough, and attempting to talk the spouse into another pricy hobby wasn't a path I wanted to go down.  But, the guitar collection is pretty much at it's limit.  Same with the amps.  Heck, I probably need to thin that herd.  I've even built 2 guitars and 4 amps under my imaginary brand name of Mach5 Amps.  The Cobra build is just work at this point, with only minor purchases required to finish.  So, I'm maybe 5-10 years from retirement, and needing a new hobby.  I gave it a shot (talking to my wife about a pinball machine for the house).  And, she was in.  Awesome!

So, now I've got my first pin on it's way.  I hope anyway.  I got the e-mail that it had shipped, but haven't received any further details in a few days.  But, regardless, I'm completely stoked.  Excited.  Thrilled.  Can't wait.  And, oh yeah, I'm planning all kinds of stuff to go along with it.  Mods.  Decor around the room.  I think my wife may regret this decision.  But, if she's up for it, maybe I'll find a "car" one to put next to AC/DC.  Cars and Guitars.  And pinball.  It'll make an awesome basement.

Now, to figure out how to incorporate a topper design around this, when it's hung on the wall above the pin...

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37 days ago
Welcome aboard.

What machine have you ordered?
36 days ago

I ordered an AC/DC Premium Vault Edition. Still waiting on details of delivery. But... Itching for it to be soon.
36 days ago
Congrats on the new hobby! You’re starting out with a great game!
34 days ago
You *have* to get a Mustang pinball from Stern. Very reasonably priced.
32 days ago
My wife and I both love the AC/DC machine -- great choice. Your wife might love it as well!
28 days ago
It's a great time to be a kid!
26 days ago
All: Thanks for the friendly welcome.

@wtuttle: I was actually looking at a Boss pin a couple years ago. Now, I see a lot of venom is being spit at the Mustang pinball machine. I'm going to have to find one and play it to form my own opinion - but, yeah, it would "fit" in with my basement plans.

My AC/DC Prem. VE was delivered last week, and I got it to the basement and set-up the same day. It is awesome, and I absolutely love it. My younger daughter does too. The older daughter and wife, well, they seem to enjoy it - but I don't see the same response as my 13 year old and me.

Anyway... Thanks. I think I'm going to enjoy this new hobby, for sure.
20 days ago
For those about to rock! Love that machine. Congrats on the purchase.

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