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1st Time Buyer


By LiNks

4 years ago



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    #11 4 years ago

    I was in your shoes a month ago and looking for a first machine of the same quality. I bought a really nice Ripley's from a local pinsider with great references and history. Two weeks later I purchased another from a pinsider in NC and had it shipped to me. It was even better than I hoped for. And then another from Paul Drabik of Wanna Pinball. I was very lucky as all were in immaculate shape as described, and I saw none of them in person. Paul's was brand new from Stern so no troubles there. Both used games came with a TON of high resolution pictures and numerous communications before I closed the deals. I took a huge leap of faith that luckily paid off, you really need to trust your instincts and do research on the sellers here. If somebody has a large history of activity here, sales etc... You should be good. What's great is you can save a ton of money by purchasing from a collector here vs. eBay or Craigslist, and generally get a much better quality machine. Of course by all means you should see and play something before you buy. Living in the metro NYC area you have tons of opportunities to do so. Take your time, and watch out for anything that comes from a new member and/or does not have sharp photos of the entire machine including under playfield and back box. For me I decided to stick with post 2000 Sterns as I was also not ready to jump into maintaining an older machine. I've already learned a ton and will probably go for a classic next year. Good luck and have fun!

    #14 4 years ago

    Ha fair enough taxman! Just putting in my two cents.

    I should probably have made a disclaimer to avoid the majority of them as there are a lot of stinkers out there!

    For me it was all about compromises. I'd love a twilight zone, or a ton of others from the mid nineties. Just not for a first machine. But that's just me, and as I said my next one will absolutely be a Williams or Ballys. Hit me up if you're ever looking to sell one

    #16 4 years ago

    My RBION was my TZ lite heh. Really loving it and many less things to break! Also I can't fit a wide body through my door

    Although I did have to replace the scoop and cliffy on it... but it was a manageable repair I could actually do, so that ruled! It's enormously fulfilling to learn about maintaining these things.

    One last thing OP, get your butt over to modern pinball NYC and play some machines! I joined the league there and aside from learning a lot of skills from the veterans there, you will get to play an ENORMOUS amount of machines and figure out what you like.

    #20 4 years ago

    Oh boy, let me tell you. EVERY single head has to come off to fit into my basement. The actual body has maybe a half inch on each side going down the stairs. Luckily this is my dream house and I am in love with all three of my games, so no moving for a LONG time. *knocks on wood*. And to the jerk that framed my stupid 25 inch doors when they built the house in the late 1800's before pinball was a thing, BITE ME

    #22 4 years ago
    Quoted from pinmanguy:

    yo sucka you gotta big mouth!

    BIDIPO! Nice to see a fellow hardcore "kid" on this thing, cheers!

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