I traveled down to Asbury Park with family members and friends yesterday to again avail ourselves of the fabulous boardwalk pinball emporium, the popular "Silver Ball Museum" located just yards from the Stone Pony of Bruce Springsteen fame on Ocean Avenue. As always there is great value for the hour rate entrance fee. We went with the $15.00 a person for two hours, which concluded at the 9:00 P.M. Monday evening closing time.
Pros: One of the greatest selections of machines on the east coast, with many electro-mechanical classics to stand alongside all the 90's treasures from Bally/Williams and every single JJP title. The latter propensity makes a lot of sense since the museum represents the home turf for Jersey Jack. Staff is friendly and the floor plan includes video machines like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, skeeball, air-hockey and Mario Brothers among others for those needing a brief pinball respite from their pinball marathon.
Cons: The trip was mainly firmed up to spend some time on the JJP PIRATES, but the machine was down all night. Employees could do nothing but turn it off and on when the issue was that a ball needed to be located. This is not the first time they have given up on a JJP machine that was down, indicating that there is rarely anyone during operation hours equipped to make even the most rudimentary investigation or repair. We can't say we didn't enjoy ourselves (and a late dinner at the excellent Italian restaurant/pizzeria Luigi's nearby afterwards was wonderful) but the prime reason we attended was denied us. The museum continues to snub Stern. Their reason are chronic repairs, but really to have not a single Stern -not even LOTR is bizarre- and a disservice to pinball fans. All the other tri-state pinball depots like the Sunshine Laundromat in Brooklyn and Modern Pinball in Manhattan have plenty of Sterns so I don't understand it. And to refuse to have MONSTER BASH either in original or now remake incarnation is something I have never understood. MB is consistent of course among pinball's top three machines on pinside and in player sentiment. I have been going there for many years and I NEVER remember MB on the floor. Yet they have and have always had MM, AFM, TAF, WW, CV, IJ, TZ, FH, RH, though TOTAN has also never been there.
Anyway, even with the considerable issues we had a fine evening and the museum offers excellent value.