I recently made a great find through a pinball friend. For $50 I bought two counterforce playfields and a cabinet all just for parts. There were no boards included or displays and a number of other parts were missing. I already owned a Gottleib Counterforce that was operating and in great shape. so had just made my purchase for spare parts and wall art. However once the items were delivered I suddenly felt real bad. Here were two pinball machines that were being taken out of service forever. There will be two less Counterforce machines to be played or collected. One can see why prices continue to escalate as machines like these two are disappearing across the country.
One of my friends we call the Bally Lama because he has an infinity for Bally pinball machines says that we are doing a public service by restoring these old beauties. My wife gets a kick out of that. However I think he might have some thing there. Instead of harvesting these items for parts only I just might combine them , buy some boards and other missing parts and wind up with at least one operating machine.
At least one more of these beauties would be saved.