In my youth I would meet with friends in a local cafe. It had pinball machines that were always being played. Occasionally when my friends were late I would watch the players and realized they were playing a different type of game called Bingo pinball's. I soon saw that there was money to be made. However, I was not as you can guess that successful. Recently fast forward 30/40 years I made a games room for my son and I and wanted some amusement games to supplement the music and theater stuff. Pinball machines and bingo pinball's came to mind. My son had never played them.
Living in Texas there is not so many games on eBay to see mostly they were in the North East that I fancied. I finally won an auction and took a road trip with my son for a bingo and older pinball. We enjoyed the road trips so distance to pick one up was not a major problem. On return however, I was shocked looking inside the bingo machine at the complexity and additionally it did not work.
Using the internet I read up and was able to work it out and it now works. I then looked over an older wood rail that I had purchased realized it also had parts missing. This is where the fun started I had a new hobby fixing pin-balls and restoring them.
People so far on Pinside forums have been most gracious and it has helped so far keeping me interested in what I am learning how to do. I have found where to get parts, excellent technical tutorials, good conversation and enjoyment. I have been in other forums outside this hobby that eventually turned me off the hobby by marginalizing my interest.
I will update this piece as I spend more time in the hobby but this is for now a brief intro to how I became interested.