Hello and good evening!
Well, I've been told by a few people that I've gotten into this hobby at the wrong time......well, my daughter and I have that kind of luck. She is 14, and I took her to a pinball arcade. It was my first time as well. She absolutely fell in love with it. So much I wanted to find a macofor us. But financially, I can't. So I started to look for local auctions. I knew I was going to have to buy a project. A broken machine. Maybe even junk. Just to have a chance to work on it with her, and so she has something to look forward to when she comes over to my house. Well, a few days later I see one at an auction. I go there and did a bit of research, knowing that a broken machine is worth about 400 to 600 for the machine of Time Warp by Williams 1979. My daughter was with me and liked it. Saw the potential like I did. And our only shot. So I won it at a little over $500.
As soon as I won, a guy comes up to me and says you just bought a really big project, pretty much telling me and my daughter that we bought junk more or less. I was devastated. Still am a bit...... regretful maybe still? Made me sick the whole drive home. Did I just waste my money????
Well, even if I did, I kept telling myself, I have the base to a machine that could work. Even if I can only afford to put in a part every few months or years. She took the boards out herself, and cleaned it up a bit before she had to leave for the weekend. So so proud of her and surprised at how involved she was!!!
I wish there was a way to find a network of people that enjoy pins in my area, but how do you do that? How can I find a "friend" to come look at my machine, or learn from???
Fast forward a few weeks, and I've scrubbed, vaccumed, and scrubbed some more but the machine was sitting in a barn for years I think. Looks damn good since I cleaned it.
We are just both at the mercy of Google for information...... especially me. I need things fixed but who do you trust?
I also called a local pinball shop, I asked about board repair, they said it's not worth it, and can't get the parts in a timely fashion even if I wanted to. Also felt like since I was new, they wanted me to just drop off the machine with them and have them do all the work to make sure it's nothing else. I felt a bit pushed into thinking no matter what I do to try and fix it, only they can. I don't know.....maybe I'm reading into things to much. But he threw out a number for going through the machine and getting just operational at $1400!!!!
I'd be in close to $2k for a machine that is not worth it according to what I've seen.
Oh well, that's my first timer story so I'll take any advice! Both of us will!!!