Written by dnhayden on September 9th, 2011.


Written by dnhayden, published September 9th, 2011. 9 comment(s).

So I was going to respond to a forum post on this particular subject, but I felt that it would be better to respond to the question here...

Here it goes:

I had never even had an interest in pinball before this particular day at work. I was parusing the local classified ads online when I saw an ad from a guy selling a Big Guns pinball machine in Saint George, UT(30 min south of my location, Cedar City, UT) for $200. I sat back for a minute and thought that a real, full sized pinball machine has to go for more than that price, so I was interested. At this time I didn't know if I just wanted to flip the machine, or keep it for investment purpases so I made some phonecalls.

I called the guy who put the ad up and he stated that he was selling the machine for his parents. He said everthing worked fine the last time the machine was powered up(years ago), but there was a pop up where the ball drained that wasn't working correctly. He told me that somebody had already offered him $250 for the machine, but he couldn't come and get it for a day or so. I offedered $275 and said that I whould come and take a look at it after I got off work at 6:00pm. He said that would be fine and I was excited.

For the next few hours I researched the hell out of pinball machines and how to fix them. I even called a pinball repaire guy in Vegas and asked his opinion. He said that you will probably end up spending about as much as youre initial purchase price to get the thing running correctly(great advice BTW).

Later on that day I check the ad out agin online and the price was now $400. I'm was kinda bummed because I knew what was happening. I called the guy(kid, maybe 20-22 y/o) up again and he apologized for raising the price, but somebody said they would buy the pin for $400 and that they would be there that night to pick it up. He then said that he could sell it to me for more, but $425 seemed too rich for my blood not knowing much about pinball machines.

Long story short, I ended up passing, but somehow I caught the bug. A week later I was talking to a guy who lived 3 hrs away in SLC that had a Baywatch that he was willing to trade for a pistol that I owned. Kinda funny how one week I was not willing to pay $425, but the next week I was willing to trade a $850+ gun for one.

Well that's how I got hooked.


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    HELLODEADCITY commented on September 14, 2011 23:06:11

    Yeah its an addictive hobby dnhayden
    I used to run all over the state/out of state buying tables
    you always meet some cool people to

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    The_Dude_Abides commented on October 25, 2011 20:36:55

    The machine that started my love for pinball was TOTAN. Keep up the hunt!!

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    ssathre commented on January 27, 2012 07:32:54

    High Speed for me, I was into pinball before that but that game did me in.

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    rommy commented on February 05, 2012 00:33:45

    Firepower. The sounds. You could hear it from across the mall in the arcade, calling to you.

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    kwiKimart commented on February 25, 2012 07:25:39

    Tough call but I have to go with the first pin I played as a child, Creature of the Black Lagoon.

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    DnDPins commented on November 22, 2012 17:11:18

    I grew up playing EMs however enjoyed the early solid state machines more. I have fond memories of playing Mata Hari, Playboy, Eight Ball and Kiss but the machine that got me totally hooked was Xenon. Great artwork, sounds, multiball t&a theme...what else does it take to hook a 15 year old.

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    bobtrends commented on November 28, 2012 05:13:12

    Hi guys
    The local bowling alley had a small game room with 2 pins. One jungle themed and the other a brand new kings and queens . The k&q did me in back in 1965.
    Just bought my first pin 2 weeks ago T2. Love this site thanks to all that are here

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    singlebanana commented on January 08, 2013 19:37:16

    Taxi for me then and Taxi for me still. @DnDPins that great "hiney" artwork on the playfield probably didn't hurt in hooking you in as a 15-year-old. Hell, it still hooks 'em today.

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    cougtv commented on June 14, 2013 01:26:27

    I had a couple but went head over heals when I saw swe1.......before that I liked vids better. Next machine I bought was rfm, then swe1, then t2 etc. Not to keen on my old vids anymore! My old slower pins are also getting filtered out!

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