I didn't own my first "real" pinball machine until I was 59 back in 2013 when I bought Joker Poker for $1,800. I had toy pinball machines -- my annual Christmas present request -- since I was a small boy. I've probably had a half-dozen toy pinball machines, each a little bigger and better, but all crap. When I had a few nickels I'd be at the local dairy bar playing pinball. My small Pennsylvania town was supportive of pinball. I can count 16 machines around town total that I could play if I had a nickel and it wasn't in a bar.
I now have two machines. I bought Tommy in 2015. I figured that was the end of my collection. I'm not a wealthy man, and I'm retired. I had an old and a newer machine. Finished. However, the more I played them, the more I wanted more. Soon I will purchase my third machine.
I have no electronics or mechanical skills. I am nervous under the hood, and prefer to have a nearby mechanic to fix my machines for me. I try always to learn, but I know my limits.