I never really played much pinball growing up. If I did get a chance to play a game it was probabaly a pretty short game (lack of skill) but i was allways drawn to the machine if I saw one out. then about 2 years ago my younger brother bought his first pin (bride of pinbot) , I was hooked so I started dreaming about owning one and trying to save enough for a top game.
Day to day life has a way of cleaning out any savings you start to build, so I changed the plan to buy a cheeper machine,hit craigs list and found a blackout. Played great for 2 days then locked a kicker and blew a fuse. That turned out to be the best thing for my addition because I searched the web found great repair info and fixed my game.
That gave me the confidence to buy a space shuttle project. Two weeks later(and a couple hundred bucks) I had 2 working machines. It is such a great feeling to play that first game after all the work it takes to clean and repair a broke machine.
I just bought my third (stargate) at an estate acution it mostly works and is a great game.
I am a auto body repairman by trade and just clear coated the playfield on my brothers BoP. Talk about a learning experiance,can you say fish eyes, after 3 attempts it came out great.
Anyway pinball is a great hobby,highly addictive,but fun. I have gotten the wife and daughter on board and am on the lookout for the next one.