(Topic ID: 243886)

$3,500 bang for the buck second pin


By Marshall_ry

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    $3,500 to spend on my second pin ever. Have a Williams hurricane and was thinking of trying to get something more recent. Thanks for the suggestions in advance.

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    #2 3 months ago

    Maybe stretch the budget a couple bucks and find a routed Metallica or Kiss Pro.

    Not sure, it’s a in-between price in my opinion.

    #3 3 months ago

    Shadooww

    #4 3 months ago

    good luck finding a kiss pro. those never come up. i've been looking for quite a while.

    #5 3 months ago

    you wont find a metallica or a kiss pro for $3500

    #6 3 months ago

    ill have a nice getaway shopped out in st. louis in a few days. no fade on cabinet. its on marketplace, but shopped with led's now

    #7 3 months ago
    Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

    you wont find a metallica or a kiss pro for $3500

    That’s why I prefaced it with stretch the budget just a bit.

    There was recently a kiss Pro up in MA recently for $4100 and a Met Pro about the same but both routed.

    They are out there, just need patience!

    #8 3 months ago

    $3500 and under-here’s a few ideas..
    Demolition man
    Shadow
    Fish tales
    Jurassic Park
    Getaway
    Whirlwind
    Nba Fastbreak
    World Cup soccer
    Revenge from mars

    #9 3 months ago

    Shadow’s a great pick.

    Doctor Who as well.

    #10 3 months ago

    Tommy isn’t a bad option

    #11 3 months ago

    Indy 500
    Shadow
    Road Show
    World Cup Soccer
    Getaway HSII

    Indy 500 is a fantastic pin, a great bang for the buck!!

    #12 3 months ago

    T2 maybe or would this be a bit more?

    #13 3 months ago

    If you are looking for a deep game, WPT is a great option.

    #14 3 months ago

    I would also say bump that budget up a bit and get a Ripley's or Metallica.

    #15 3 months ago
    #16 3 months ago

    Avatar pro, never really did anything for me but people have good things to say about it.

    #17 3 months ago

    $3500 and newer

    Avatar pro
    Roller Coaster Tycoon
    Monopoly
    Austin Powers (lol)
    WWE pro (bit of a stretch)
    WPT

    Newer isn’t necessarily better tho. Maybe think about

    Black Rose and any EM
    No Fear
    BSD
    Tales from the Crypt

    Many more.

    #18 3 months ago

    Being a newb myself I can throw my 2cents in as I’m heading down the same road!!

    How about:

    FT
    EATPM
    RS
    HSII
    JP

    #19 3 months ago

    1. Shadow
    2. Whirlwind
    3. Getaway

    Indy500 - dont pop up very often

    #20 3 months ago

    1. Monopoly
    2. Austin powers
    3. Lethal weapon 3

    #21 3 months ago

    Both pins in my collection:

    Getaway, like many have said
    Jurassic Park, DE game which many criticize, but I find it fun, challenging, and lots to mod

    #22 3 months ago

    I'd go World Cup Soccer or NBA Fast Break. Both of those would be what I'd look for if I was in the market for a new one.

    Also surprised to see JP on that list. Year or two ago everyone was bitching and moaning that it's not worth over $2500. Mine's worth much more than that though.

    #23 3 months ago
    Quoted from Psw757:

    That’s why I prefaced it with stretch the budget just a bit.
    There was recently a kiss Pro up in MA recently for $4100 and a Met Pro about the same but both routed.
    They are out there, just need patience!

    Yup I grabbed a routed MET for $3900 about 6 weeks ago

    #25 3 months ago

    you can find in really great shape, an Xmen, which plays like new, with new soundtrack, or even Ripleys...seen a few of both.
    (to me, both play like Premiums today)
    Shadow, a little older, for just being as good as it is!

    #26 3 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    you can find in really great shape, an Xmen, which plays like new, with new soundtrack, or even Ripleys...seen a few of both.
    (to me, both play like Premiums today)
    Shadow, a little older, for just being as good as it is!

    Totally agree on both...but I think it'd be a little harder to find an X-Men for $3500 or under. RBION and XM are both fantastic values for what you get compared to today's games and pricing.

    #27 3 months ago

    Congo is a good one. Maybe it’s crept a little higher than $3500

    #28 3 months ago

    Highspeed Getaway II is a good one. Junk yard is a sleeper.

    #29 3 months ago

    Lower than your price range but Pinbot and Taxi are wicked fun games.

    #30 3 months ago

    Find a few places with games. Make a trip to Chicago if you need to find places. Your in a good range. Find what you like and be patient. The right game will come along. Maybe something like t2 catches your eye and you save a few bucks or you really like Ghostbusters and decide it's worth waiting a few months to save up another grand.

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    #31 3 months ago

    A Fish Tales sold for $2600 and an Indy 500 sold for $3300 at a recent show in CA. Your budget is plenty to get a great pin so long as you steer clear of price gougers.

    #32 3 months ago

    I really appreciate all the feedback. I probably overpaid on my first go around and didn’t exercise the patience in finding the “right one”. The guy had 3 pins that were shopped out and I picked (Star Wars episode I and comet were my other options for full disclosure). All of them had previously been routed. I’m learning as I go as we all do/did.

    From what I’ve read on this thread I’ve gathered the following:

    1. Go out and play a bunch of pins to see what I really like.
    2. Be patient and use the time that comes with the patience to increase the budget a little.
    3. I’m intrigued by X-Men

    Thanks again

    #33 3 months ago

    Another vote for Shadow. Just a fun pin.

    If you can find a Metallica for 4k, I'd do that too.

    #34 3 months ago

    Big buck hunter is a good Bang for your buck

    #35 3 months ago

    RBION is by far the pick of the bunch. I have no mode based games and really miss this game!
    You need at least one challenging pin and not just bashers

    #37 3 months ago

    When did these become $3500 games? Seems more like mid to upper 2k’s to me.

    #38 3 months ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    Big buck hunter is a good Bang for your buck

    lol

    #39 3 months ago
    Quoted from kermit24:

    Congo is a good one. Maybe it’s crept a little higher than $3500

    Just saw one listed for 3600

    #40 3 months ago

    Fish Tales
    Jurassic Park
    Dr. Who
    Johnny Nmeonic
    Avatar Pro
    baywatch

    All great bang for buck

    #41 3 months ago

    So many good games out there that can still be had for under $3500....but most of those are going to be pretty simple by today's standards....not necessarily a bad thing. Those with more complicated rulesets or really cool toys/gimmicks, tend to fetch a premium that pushes you above that threshold. The exceptions tend to be games that, frankly, are price restricted by bad art/translites or niche themes. Give those a serious look if you want to stick within your range.

    Good examples, within your price range, all day every day.:

    BSD:. Dark and moody. Excellent theme integration.
    Great gimmick (Mist), 3 different multiballs. Scares the sh&$ out of little kids.

    Shadow:. Sanctum lock is cool....but tough to find a machine without Sanctum wear. Ability to divert balls on ramps on the fly. Upper playfield. Translite sucks but has the best alternate translite/art package ever made, which can easily be had.

    Dr Who: Cool motorized mini playfield. Good topper. Ability to choose a doctor to play as, each with different advantages. Looks really good with LED conversion.

    Johnny Mnemonic:. Plays fast. One of the all time best wizard modes (Powerdown). Midnight madness. The glove and matrix ball lock is a cool feature. Art package totally sucks.

    Ripley's believe it or not:. Probably on the border of your price range. But super complicated/deep rulesets and that machine has everything but the kitchen sink in it.

    #42 3 months ago

    Forgot Road Show....

    Widebody with a lot to do. 2 talking heads (like Rudy in funhouse). Shaker motor (at least, the ones I've played). Again, theme and art drag this down in price

    #43 3 months ago
    Quoted from cmack750:

    Forgot Road Show....
    Widebody with a lot to do. 2 talking heads (like Rudy in funhouse). Shaker motor (at least, the ones I've played). Again, theme and art drag this down in price

    There is a road show on pinside for 3k right now. Could be an option...

    #44 3 months ago

    If you do “$3500 or under” in your price point that is the way to go. $3500 is a tough price point stuck in between solid BW choices below it and a ton of choices in the $4500 huo stern pro range.

    As mentioned, but $3500 or under, WCS, BSD, Getaway, TS are my favs. Limited Sterns but RBION fits into the mid $3k category.

    If you can reach $4500 you can easily add another dozen top Stern pro titles into the mix. Maybe bag your lunch and make you coffee at home to reach that point?

    #46 3 months ago

    Currently driving home with a nice Baywatch and think it is quite possibly the best bang for your buck right now and has been for some time. Throw in a color DMD and maybe a new translite, if your not a fan of the giant Hasselhoff, and you’ve got a yourself a keeper. Personally, don’t buy a big house if can’t afford the furniture in it.

    #47 3 months ago
    Quoted from ruralcollector:

    Currently driving home with a nice Baywatch and think it is quite possibly the best bang for your buck right now and has been for some time. Throw in a color DMD and maybe a new translite, if your not a fan of the giant Hasselhoff, and you’ve got a yourself a keeper. Personally, don’t buy a big house if can’t afford the furniture in it.

    I'd second Baywatch for sure, I love mine and it's packed with ramps and a pretty unique way to start the modes. Plus Chad's code really balances out a lot of the scoring.

    As far as stuff that hasn't been mentioned, NASCAR is often overlooked because of the theme, but its a really fun game with 10 modes, a few multiballs, and two wizard modes. I'm also a huge Judge Dredd fan and had been after one for a loooooong time and finally got one.

    #48 3 months ago
    Quoted from cmack750:

    So many good games out there that can still be had for under $3500....but most of those are going to be pretty simple by today's standards....not necessarily a bad thing. Those with more complicated rulesets or really cool toys/gimmicks, tend to fetch a premium that pushes you above that threshold. The exceptions tend to be games that, frankly, are price restricted by bad art/translites or niche themes. Give those a serious look if you want to stick within your range.
    Good examples, within your price range, all day every day.:
    BSD:. Dark and moody. Excellent theme integration.
    Great gimmick (Mist), 3 different multiballs. Scares the sh&$ out of little kids.
    Shadow:. Sanctum lock is cool....but tough to find a machine without Sanctum wear. Ability to divert balls on ramps on the fly. Upper playfield. Translite sucks but has the best alternate translite/art package ever made, which can easily be had.
    Dr Who: Cool motorized mini playfield. Good topper. Ability to choose a doctor to play as, each with different advantages. Looks really good with LED conversion.
    Johnny Mnemonic:. Plays fast. One of the all time best wizard modes (Powerdown). Midnight madness. The glove and matrix ball lock is a cool feature. Art package totally sucks.
    Ripley's believe it or not:. Probably on the border of your price range. But super complicated/deep rulesets and that machine has everything but the kitchen sink in it.

    What he said...

    #49 3 months ago

    Another vote for RBION, can be found for 3,500

    #50 3 months ago
    Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

    When did these become $3500 games? Seems more like mid to upper 2k’s to me.

    Exactly,
    well within his budget. Why spend more on lesser machines .

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