I started collecting about 8 years ago, my first game was the 6 million dollar man.
I thought how cool would it be to own a pinball machine, I had a 9 foot pool table and a pinball machine just seemed logical.
We played on this thing 3-4 hours non stop, every day, then one day bang, damn think quit working.
After calling around to find someone who repaired pinball games, I was shocked finding our how much it would cost (75 per hour) plus mileage
with no guarantee he could fix it.
Thats when I got bit by the bug. I had two years of old school electronic's that I had never put to use and figured why not give it a shot and try to fix it myself.
Then came the " I need one more " to keep it not getting boring.
Whew! I progressed to more and more complicated games, and found each one a fun challenging learning experience, I bet I've spent over $20,000 just in parts and found that
I enjoyed fixing and bringing a game back to life, probably more fun than playing .
I have enjoyed Pinside for many years, for the information I've learned, the stories I've read, but never really felt the need to join, until I started reading so really bad advice people were giving, and how rude some of the comments that were made just because someone was a newbie, you definitely can't learn without asking questions.
I have found that repairing a game comes with common sense, and a logical understanding on how thing work, and patience.
What a rewarding feeling it is, when your done working on a game, knowing.....I did this!