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Ann Arbor Mi VFW Pinball Show 2019


By cfh

11 months ago



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    #501 40 days ago

    Great show as always!!! I can’t wait for the next show.

    #502 40 days ago

    Man...tryin to digest this glorious weekend. By far, and I mean REALLY far, my favorite location for a show. This place was slightly out in the woods, and it was a PERFECT setting. Loved it.
    Was great to finally meet some of you MI and OH dudes. I finally hung out with TheLaw, and he's pretty fuckin awesome.
    Next year I'm just bringin a tent and stayin Thur-Mon. See y'all next year.

    #503 40 days ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    Man...tryin to digest this glorious weekend. By far, and I mean REALLY far, my favorite location for a show. This place was slightly out in the woods, and it was a PERFECT setting. Loved it.
    Was great to finally meet some of you MI and OH dudes. I finally hung out with TheLaw, and he's pretty fuckin awesome.
    Next year I'm just bringin a tent and stayin Thur-Mon. See y'all next year.

    yeah, and we didn't do anything at all

    #504 40 days ago

    GREAT to finally meet ya j_m_ and that IS his name.

    #505 40 days ago

    Clay was on his best behavior Saturday, just riding his mini bikes around the property, spreading good cheer with a healthy dash of Oscar the grouch. Awesome show, ideal location, great food, great people, sweet tailgating vibe, perfect weather (at least when I was there).

    But (there’s always a but), of the hundred or so games moved since my last visit, I’d say approximately zero of them had been re-leveled. Crack the whip on those minions!

    #506 40 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Taking a break on the trails..... That's a Heathkit Boonie Bike. Predecessor to the Hilltopper. Remember, Heathkit's headquarters and factory was on Hilltop Road in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
    [quoted image]

    Hilltop is in St. Joe. They later moved to Riverview Dr. in Benton Harbor. But they weren't much of anything at that time.

    #507 40 days ago

    Perfect weather (Saturday) and the perfect amount of people. Great games and food as always.
    Thanks to Clay and company for all the hard work they do to make this a smooth running show!
    Terry.

    #508 40 days ago

    Good show! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. Need more time on those Zaccarias.

    #509 40 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    But (there’s always a but), of the hundred or so games moved since my last visit, I’d say approximately zero of them had been re-leveled. Crack the whip on those minions!

    Will do

    #510 40 days ago
    Quoted from Insane:

    Hilltop is in St. Joe. They later moved to Riverview Dr. in Benton Harbor. But they weren't much of anything at that time.

    Wasn't the Riverview place just for the computers & Education items (Heath-Zenith IIRC)?

    #511 40 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Wasn't the Riverview place just for the computers & Education items (Heath-Zenith IIRC)?

    I think they still did a little mail order/kit stuff, but not sure.

    #512 40 days ago

    Also, big shout out to Clay and all the club members/workers. Awesome show as always. Food was great. Games were also great. Liked the new layout. Wish I could have met more of the workers and been able to put a face with the pinside name.

    #513 40 days ago
    Quoted from Insane:

    I think they still did a little mail order/kit stuff, but not sure.

    The Michigan locations are all gone. There was a last liquidation auction years ago. A place in CA bought the Heathkit name and is creating a few new kits under that name. Not really the same company. They have one person that I know of who used to be technician at Heathkit during the Benton Harbor days but that is about it.

    They had gone through a few other purges in prior years. A company in Redford, MI had bought the old HERO robot line from Heathkit back in the 90's. When they were done with it I bought it from them. So, although Heathkit is no longer in MI the HERO robots and the remaining inventory of parts are still here.

    Robert

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    #514 40 days ago
    Quoted from Insane:

    Also, big shout out to Clay and all the club members/workers. Awesome show as always. Food was great. Games were also great. Liked the new layout. Wish I could have met more of the workers and been able to put a face with the pinside name.

    come back in the fall. like last year, we'll probably do a one day show in late september/early october on a saturday when it's nice and cool out

    #515 40 days ago

    My third time attending, this time with my 18 year old son. It was fun watching him walk through in amazement and play the games. I was surprised at how much he enjoyed the EM rifle games and the old ski ball machine. We made memories before he heads off to college. Thanks Clay and staff for allowing me that opportunity!

    #516 40 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Also, I specifically remember meeting asylum , bax1, and amkoepfer . Nice to meet you guys and hope to hang again at the next one!

    chuckwurt - awesome to meet you too brother! It was nice introducing my wife to the guy that made her an awesome GOT player. Had a blast both Friday and Saturday. Enjoyed meeting j_m_ too. Tailgated with my new buddy amkoepfer and his friend Collin who hooked me up with some awesome Dragons Milk Stout. Was very cool running into violinsteve! Haven't seen him since expo 2014. Was really cool going down memory lane when he and I were doing shots at the bar with Steve Richie. Love this hobby! Thanks again to all.

    #517 39 days ago

    Good people, good beers, and good pinball. how can you go wrong. I look forward to the fall show

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    #518 39 days ago

    dates for the 2020 Ann arbor vfw pinball show have been announced.
    Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020.
    i will start a new thread...

    #519 39 days ago

    Got to see a lot of people ive known for years, met some new people, saw new and old friends. It was great. bax1 and i made it thru a lot of the classic sterns. Ive always overlooked them but they are great! @gryzzz violinsteve chuckwurt great finally meeting you. Good to see you again kevin, rca1 i hope you enjoy abra ca dabra. ryanclaytor it was great catching up.

    #520 39 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    Got to see a lot of people ive known for years, met some new people, saw new and old friends. It was great. bax1 and i made it thru a lot of the classic sterns. Ive always overlooked them but they are great! @gryzzz violinsteve chuckwurt great finally meeting you. Good to see you again kevin, rca1 i hope you enjoy abra ca dabra. ryanclaytor it was great catching up.

    You forgot me

    And no, mini baseball def will not fit in my car

    #521 39 days ago
    Quoted from Meegis:

    You forgot me
    And no, mini baseball def will not fit in my car

    Damn! How could i forget my canadian friend! It was great to finally meet you. Always nice to put faces to the names i always see on pinside

    #522 39 days ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    dates for the 2020 Ann arbor vfw pinball show have been announced.
    Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020.
    i will start a new thread...

    Clay,

    THANKS for moving the show up a week or so as it will not conflict with Pinfest next year as far as I know at this point in time. Typically Pinfest is the first weekend in May. What upsets me now is I already told Ivan I will not be attending Pinfest next year as a vendor because we have a cross country trip planned. Now I need to see if I can change my route to include your show.

    Originally we planned to head west by the southern route in April and come east up north sometime in June. Hopefully I can figure out how to make it as part of our trip. I really want to check the place out and spend some time playing properly working machines at a show.

    #523 39 days ago

    2019 was my first time attending the VFW show and I just wanted to thank Clay, and all of the amazing techs and volunteers, for putting on the best pinball show I’ve ever been to. I’ve been to PAPA, ReplayFX, Allentown, Arcade Expo, Pintastic, the White Rose Show, and many others and this honestly was the best pinball show of them all. The quality of the machines and the techs are what set this show apart. Every machine played exactly as it should and if there was ever a problem with a machine, a tech would fix it literally right away. Everyone was super friendly and the laid-back atmosphere was awesome. The decision to limit the amount of attendees was perfect and I loved spending every hour of all three days onsite at the VFW. As someone who flew in from out of state to attend the show, I’m sad to hear that next year the show will only be 2 days long but I hope that means longer show hours each day. For anyone on the fence about attending, just go. This show is amazing and we are very lucky that Clay and his team allow us the chance to play this amazing collection with such great people once a year. So thank you again to Clay, Eric, and all of the amazing techs and volunteers! I can’t wait to see you all again in 2020!

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    #524 39 days ago

    Walk through of the show.

    #525 39 days ago

    An amazing time as always, a hearty thanks to everyone working to make this happen and opening your doors to us each year.

    #526 39 days ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    dates for the 2020 Ann arbor vfw pinball show have been announced.
    Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020.
    i will start a new thread...

    Yay Clay! :0) Thanks a ton for making whatever adjustments needed so you don't conflict with Allentown...holy poop is that gonna be a couple busy weeks next year. Better schedule the whole month off...

    Sean

    #527 39 days ago
    Quoted from Robotworkshop:

    The Michigan locations are all gone. There was a last liquidation auction years ago. A place in CA bought the Heathkit name and is creating a few new kits under that name. Not really the same company. They have one person that I know of who used to be technician at Heathkit during the Benton Harbor days but that is about it.
    They had gone through a few other purges in prior years. A company in Redford, MI had bought the old HERO robot line from Heathkit back in the 90's. When they were done with it I bought it from them. So, although Heathkit is no longer in MI the HERO robots and the remaining inventory of parts are still here.
    Robert

    So what does a Hero go for these days? I remember when they first came out. They brought one to our school to show us.

    #528 39 days ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    dates for the 2020 Ann arbor vfw pinball show have been announced.
    Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020.
    i will start a new thread...

    Just curious, why no Friday in 2020? I was looking forward to the tournament.

    #529 39 days ago

    When do tickets go on sale for 2020?

    #530 39 days ago
    Quoted from KoolFingers:

    Just curious, why no Friday in 2020? I was looking forward to the tournament.

    One of the main reasons is that a three day show is rough on the staff, as we're all usually working our day jobs on Friday, so working at our day job and then rushing to the VFW or having to take time off from work so we can be at the VFW instead can be an issue for a lot of us (unfortunately).

    #531 39 days ago

    Understandable. Thx for clearing that up. Damn, I knew I should have made this year’s, but my loss. Looking forward to 2020.

    #532 39 days ago
    Quoted from Owlnonymous:

    Walk through of the show.

    Thanks much for posting your vid, Owl. I think it captured the VFW's fun and friendly atmosphere quite well. You did a fine job at moving around with a camera and showing fairly clear views of the wide variety of machines.

    The vid really shows all the machines are clean and fully functioning. No burnt out bulbs, broken rubbers, filthy worn playfields, or poorly maintained machines here. STAFF members are frequently roving within a building and between buildings, attending to machines for things as simple as stuck balls; resetting machines with uncompleted games; and making quick repairs on the floor if these can be done without interfering with other VFW guests.

    Your video also shows the central workshop hub where highly experienced TECH members will handle repairs needing more focus and time best done with the machine off the main floor. In fact, at approximately 2:39 in your vid, you see TSPP and an EM (it was Bally Happy Tour) in the workshop. At 2:52 and 13:13 you show their respective vacant spaces in the line-up, the only two vacant spots out of 400+ machines in your vid. The cool thing about this is it shows we care about all the games there. You can play the much-loved TSPP just about anywhere, but where else is someone going to find a 1964 Bally Happy Tour in near perfect (or as close to perfect as anyone came make it) working condition -- only 250 were made according to IPDB. Granted, the Happy Tour was brought to the workshop 4 times during the weekend, but we had it back on the floor as much as we could to make it available for anyone wanting to check this rare machine off their "never played" list.

    Hope you join us again next year!

    #533 39 days ago

    Besides the year-round work leading up to the show, the two weeks prior are basically dry runs as all of the members rotate through and test play/repair all of the games. Then comes the show days. It is taxing on us "middle-age & up" crew members.

    #534 39 days ago
    Quoted from PiscisMagnus:

    Thanks much for posting your vid, Owl. I think it captured the VFW's fun and friendly atmosphere quite well. You did a fine job at moving around with a camera and showing fairly clear views of the wide variety of machines.
    The vid really shows all the machines are clean and fully functioning. No burnt out bulbs, broken rubbers, filthy worn playfields, or poorly maintained machines here. STAFF members are frequently roving within a building and between buildings, attending to machines for things as simple as stuck balls; resetting machines with uncompleted games; and making quick repairs on the floor if these can be done without interfering with other VFW guests.
    Your video also shows the central workshop hub where highly experienced TECH members will handle repairs needing more focus and time best done with the machine off the main floor. In fact, at approximately 2:39 in your vid, you see TSPP and an EM (it was Bally Happy Tour) in the workshop. At 2:52 and 13:13 you show their respective vacant spaces in the line-up, the only two vacant spots out of 400+ machines in your vid. The cool thing about this is it shows we care about all the games there. You can play the much-loved TSPP just about anywhere, but where else is someone going to find a 1964 Bally Happy Tour in near perfect (or as close to perfect as anyone came make it) working condition -- only 250 were made according to IPDB. Granted, the Happy Tour was brought to the workshop 4 times during the weekend, but we had it back on the floor as much as we could to make it available for anyone wanting to check this rare machine off their "never played" list.
    Hope you join us again next year!

    Glad you made it home safely. Bally Kid will be heading West on I-80 in a week with a loaded U-Haul.

    #535 39 days ago
    Quoted from suave84:

    When do tickets go on sale for 2020?

    Historically the ticketing system opens up on January 1.

    If we have a Fall show, the ticketing system will be activated in advance of the show.

    #536 39 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Glad you made it home safely. Bally Kid will be heading West on I-80 in a week with a loaded U-Haul.

    Bally Kid is a fine young man and I predict great success for him.
    Congratulations Mr Bally!

    By the way, I noticed you and The Law had cameo roles in Owlnonymous's video.
    Bravo.

    #537 39 days ago
    Quoted from Owlnonymous:

    Walk through of the show.

    Owl, nice video. Question for you, what do you use to hold the camera when filming?

    #538 39 days ago

    piscismagnus Thanks for all the work on the games. I didn't really run into a problem on a single game.

    wiggy07 A telescopic selfie stick that I hold just vertically . The stabilization is due to the software in the new GoPro Hero7 Black amazon.com link »

    #539 39 days ago
    Quoted from Owlnonymous:

    piscismagnus Thanks for all the work on the games. I didn't really run into a problem on a single game.
    wiggy07 A telescopic selfie stick that I hold just vertically . The stabilization is due to the software in the new GoPro Hero7 Black amazon.com link »

    Thanks Owl for the info, The stabilization is nice in the video. I use my Sony 4K camera now and the blur and bounciness is very noticeable.

    The Go Pro even works well under darker conditions it seems.

    Thanks again for the info.

    #540 39 days ago
    Quoted from suave84:

    When do tickets go on sale for 2020?

    It was New Year’s Day this year. That would be my guess

    #541 39 days ago

    THANK YOU to cfh and all the other members of VFW for making this happen every year!!!

    FINALLY got to play/fondle both of these babes.....

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    #542 39 days ago
    Quoted from SurlyOldPunk:

    THANK YOU to cfh and all the other members of VFW for making this happen every year!!!
    FINALLY got to play/fondle both of these babes.....
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    That Fantasy backglass art was beautiful, but the game was just a centaur retheme.

    #543 38 days ago
    Quoted from wiggy07:

    Thanks Owl for the info, The stabilization is nice in the video. I use my Sony 4K camera now and the blur and bounciness is very noticeable.
    The Go Pro even works well under darker conditions it seems.
    Thanks again for the info.

    The Sony FDR X3000 is also insane for stabilization and low light, and does 4k.

    #544 38 days ago

    Kudos to Clay and the staff. 3rd trip to VFW and always a great time.

    #545 38 days ago
    Quoted from cletus:

    That Fantasy backglass art was beautiful, but the game was just a centaur retheme.

    Yeah, but c'mon... Centaur is a GREAT game and how many of these actually exist? Killer art and retheming a "non-shitty" game equals winner in my book.

    #546 38 days ago

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    #547 37 days ago

    Were there any new games from the Duncan Brown/Harry Williams lost files that were presented at the VFW show,
    or just the two other recent ones, Typhoon and Firefly from past shows?

    #548 37 days ago
    Quoted from pinwiztom:

    Were there any new games from the Duncan Brown/Harry Williams lost files that were presented at the VFW show,
    or just the two other recent ones, Typhoon and Firefly from past shows?

    No new games and Firefly was not there this year. Typhoon was though.

    #549 37 days ago

    why is everyone shouting as of lately in this thread?

    #550 37 days ago

    All these BOLD postings. Hrmmmm.

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