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10+ years in the hobby - reflections of some of my experiences


By too-many-pins

1 year ago



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    #101 3 months ago

    Matt is --- hazmat7719 --- here on Pinside and --- replaypin_72 --- on eBay. He is still in the process of getting 9 van & trailer loads of stuff organized so it will be a little while before he will be able to help a lot of people but he will have a "better" inventory than I ever had. Not because he is doing anything differently than I was doing but because I have continued to buy parts machines for him while we were making the transfer of ownership happen. Since we made the "original deal" about a year ago I have added about another 40 machines to his inventory beyond what I already had here. So he will have well over 100 parts machines in his inventory before he is 100% done with the stuff from me plus tons of parts I already had taken off machines.

    Matt is a great guy to work with and has become a very good friend since I met him last year. He is about 20 years younger than I am so he has that additional energy I have lost over the years. So once he gets organized I am sure he will continue to help you guys with hard to find parts for years to come. He will also be adding a good amount of Bingo stuff if anyone is looking for bingo machine parts. I bought out a guy with over a dozen bingo machines a few months ago and those parts went directly to Matt. So you bingo guys will be happy also.

    #102 3 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your stories, and best wishes for your retirement.

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    #103 89 days ago

    Glad to See you relieved the big stress in you life of the parts business. But unless you selling all your pinball stuff and going cold turkey i wouldn't close down your account here. After being in the hunt/game for all these years buying and selling your name is known here and in local pinball circles for years as the man in pinball. Yes you stepped away from the business side of it but some one will call at some point and your going to have to pass that on to matt or someone else be it a machine or box of goodies. It time to make it just a hobby again makes if more fun.

    You also now have a great amount of knowledge that you can still share and tell the wild and crazy tales of the past. After a good day of fishing you can log in and laugh at our craziness. Then tell us about the new relaxed man you will be. Post the picture of the fish of the day making us jealous that your living the dream.

    #104 88 days ago
    Quoted from cp1610:

    Glad to See you relieved the big stress in you life of the parts business. But unless you selling all your pinball stuff and going cold turkey i wouldn't close down your account here. After being in the hunt/game for all these years buying and selling your name is known here and in local pinball circles for years as the man in pinball. Yes you stepped away from the business side of it but some one will call at some point and your going to have to pass that on to matt or someone else be it a machine or box of goodies. It time to make it just a hobby again makes if more fun.
    You also now have a great amount of knowledge that you can still share and tell the wild and crazy tales of the past. After a good day of fishing you can log in and laugh at our craziness. Then tell us about the new relaxed man you will be. Post the picture of the fish of the day making us jealous that your living the dream.

    Even before I am entirely finished with the deal with Matt I have moved sideways into another hobby from my past. I am now back into dealing in model railroad stuff. Sitting around just isn't for me but moving 300+ pound machines around was getting old. So I am back to doing something smaller & lighter again.

    We will be keeping some of our collection so I am not walking away from the hobby completely but I have decided 100% of the "excess stuff" has to go. So beyond my deal with Matt I'll also be selling off my "personal stash" of pinball parts and the last few project machines I was hanging on to shortly and moving most of my energy over to the model railroad hobby.

    I'll still have the "thrill of the chase" and will still be keeping very busy. Just with smaller, lighter, and a little cleaned stuff. But after rebuilding a couple train engines yesterday my wife looked at my hands and said "I thought you said trains were a cleaner hobby". I forgot just how dirty you could get dealing with 60 year old grease in some of those old train gearboxes. They are not all that big but they sure as heck can be a dirty mess when you are working on them.

    Anyway - as far as my Pinside account I'll make a decision on that in a couple months. For now I just need to keep working through old messes and moving on to new messes. The workbenches are interesting right now with a mix of train parts and pinball parts all on one bench. Talk about a mess of little stuff to deal with. And the train parts are much smaller so they disappear much quicker when you drop something like a little screw you had to pick up with tweezers on to a workbench full of pinball parts.

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