Hi everyone! New to the site and already found tons of great info!
When I was 6 years old my Dad brought home Gottlieb's "The Amazing Spiderman" and I played the hell out of it for 18 more years. It is a simple target-based game but it made me a good shot and gave me a solid skill set I have been able to apply to any other pinball machine I have played. Now that I am 38 I recently started frequenting a local pinball pizza shop/bar and have fallen in love with the Iron Maiden Premium machine. I have a daughter who will turn 8 in 2 weeks and a 4 year old son, both LOVE the Iron Maiden game. My daughter has been pushing me to buy it (not that I needed any further motivation). It helps that we are HUGE Maiden fans and my kids met Steve Harris backstage on their last tour.
We have the room in our basement for a pinball machine but to get it into the basement it will have to come down a grass hill in my side yard in order to get to the door, so I was planning on buying one NIB so I can put the packed machine on a dolly without scratching it up. Gameroomguys.com seems to be the best price as they include shipping.
1) I am a pretty handy guy but I am not an electrician. I have done some soldering in the past and am willing to learn more. Is the Iron Maiden Premium significantly less reliable than other machines? Is it a bad machine for a beginner? I saw that there have been some issues with the Premium compared to the Pro but the features seem worth it to me. I love the sarcophagus feature.
2) What is the reputation of gameroomguys.com here? Would I be better off buying local? The only vendor that carries the Iron Maiden machine is a 2 hour drive away OR a vendor without a retail location whose website appears to be from 1998 (although he did reply to an e-mail). Both charge a lot for delivery.
3) Is "white glove" setup and delivery worth it or can two guys set this thing up without a hydraulic lift? I am concerned about getting the legs on a 250lb machine but everything else seems simple enough.
Thanks for any help and insight!