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Confessions of a pinball collector


By EvanDickson

9 months ago



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    #101 9 months ago

    I will never have enough pins even though I don't play as much as I should. Every time I fix an issue I feel it's a flux and got lucky. Even though I do all my own board work and troubleshooting. Cold solders have been the most fun to track down or working through several issues to finally get it to work. NOT! I have also become a fan of 3 ball instead of 5. Except for my brutal late 70's Ballys and my early Williams with no ball saves.

    #102 9 months ago
    Quoted from Buzz:

    Except for my brutal late 70's Ballys and my early Williams with no ball saves.

    Shame, Shame on you sir!

    #103 9 months ago

    I have my ballsave time set to 12 seconds on all of my games.

    #104 9 months ago
    Quoted from wolverinetuner:

    After buying a Jet Spin with legs that were too long, I only replaced the front ones and just used shorter leg lifters on the rear.

    Nothing wrong with that. I have all my classic games set up with 28.5 in backs and 27s in front. Gives them a nice 5.4 pitch with levelers all the way in. Only ever have to level side to side.

    #105 9 months ago

    At the end of this confessional, Vid will forgive us and reveal his true identity.

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    #106 9 months ago

    I actually think people are interested when I start talking about pinball.

    #107 9 months ago

    I like to search Zillow and find houses with a pin in the picture. I then try to impress my wife by identifying the pin. She is never really impressed.

    #108 9 months ago

    I talk about my pinball collection or other games I'm interested in getting to my friends too much. I think they getting sick of it by now... I need someone else with this similar obsession cause none of them get it.

    #109 9 months ago
    Quoted from vwallat99:

    I talk about my pinball collection or other games I'm interested in getting to my friends too much. I think they getting sick of it by now... I need someone else with this similar obsession cause none of them get it.

    I have this issue lately. It isn't something I've ever really talked to people about in the past as I know most people don't care. On top of that, like some of the other posts mentioned, I try not to talk about how much they cost.

    #110 9 months ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    I have this issue lately. It isn't something I've ever really talked to people about in the past as I know most people don't care. On top of that, like some of the other posts mentioned, I try not to talk about how much they cost.

    I've started to raise eyebrows now that my pinball collection is getting to more of the top tier games like MET , TNA and MBrLE so I'll probably start keeping my mouth shut on the prices too. I did bring a buddy on a delivery and he got to see all the cash on the glass that made it cooler but yeah I think this is going to be a new years resolution for me. Stfu about pinball unless asked.

    #111 9 months ago

    Three year’s ago I told friends I was getting my first and only pin. I now have 4 and get asked regularly when I’m getting my next one.

    #112 9 months ago

    Have always thought it would be cool to get a brand new game but can’t get past the sticker shock.

    #113 9 months ago

    The more I play......the worse I get☹️

    #114 9 months ago

    My friends and family have only a tepid interest in pinball and yet I still use them when considering and justifying new additions.

    #115 9 months ago
    Quoted from Mogg:

    At the end of this confessional, Vid will forgive us and reveal his true identity.

    ... it's... it's... it's Robin!

    #116 9 months ago

    I have more busted ass project machines in the garage than working games in the house, and even then each of the games in the house has at least one annoying issue that needs to be fixed.

    In fact there are so many projects in the garage that I can’t work on them since there’s no space. That’s with me preferring to fix and restore over playing games, too.

    On top of that, I still go across town to play games at the main pinball bar. Then I end up sitting and talking pinball all night instead of playing.

    I used to think I liked fixing more than playing but now I think I like talking about pinball more than anything...

    #117 9 months ago

    I actually like the Ironhide mini upper playfield on Transformers LE

    #118 9 months ago

    "Honey I promise this will be the last machine I ever buy" has become a monthly statement over the past few years. Sometimes as often as weekly but she stopped believing me so long ago it doesn't really matter at this point.

    #119 9 months ago

    I currently have more money invested in my pinball machines than my savings account. I only have 2 pins. Completely irresponsible of me.

    #120 9 months ago

    I think I have become a hoarder....I love finding and purchasing machines but I have a hard time letting them go.

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    #121 9 months ago

    I always regret rooming with gryszzz at pinball shows when the weekend is over. However, I always agree to room with him again when the next one comes along. Kind of a side-sickness to my pinball addiction.

    #122 9 months ago

    When I get up to take a leak at night..... I’ll check Pinside on my phone before I go back to sleep.

    #123 9 months ago

    I’ve recently thought of selling my Championship 9 ft pool table to make room for 8 more 70s pinball machines to go with the 4 I have. Crazy.

    #124 9 months ago

    I can never seem to remove the glass on a machine for a simple adjustment or repair without spending the next 2 hours messing with everything else.

    #125 9 months ago
    Quoted from Sea_Wolf:

    I’ve recently thought of selling my Championship 9 ft pool table to make room for 8 more 70s pinball machines to go with the 4 I have. Crazy.

    100% normal here actually

    #126 9 months ago

    I sold 11 games over 3 weeks to “make room” and almost immediately bought 9

    #127 9 months ago

    I sold a billiards table to make more room recently.

    #128 9 months ago

    House came with a pool table and it was the first "fix" to the house was getting it out of there; Way too much room.

    #129 9 months ago

    The only reason I ever watched The Sopranos, The Hobbit, 007 Goldeneye, Flintstones, Walking Dead and XMen is because I already owned the machines and wanted to understand the games a little better.

    #130 9 months ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    I enjoy fixing and working on games more than I enjoy playing them.

    About the same ... still like to play, but resurrecting a pinball from the ashes is a bit of a thrill!

    #131 9 months ago
    Quoted from joefox22:

    I sold 11 games over 3 weeks to “make room” and almost immediately bought 9

    ...and welcome back to the 34 club

    #132 9 months ago

    My TZ and I have been battling Gremlins for about 5 years now off and on. I’ll be sad when it’s 100% working.

    #133 9 months ago
    Quoted from TecumsehPlissken:

    Edit: and no offense meant at all by this but after looking at your collection there is nothing there that couldn't be replaced later if you really missed it

    None taken.... They're all still being made! But I didn't say it was rational anxiety.

    #134 9 months ago

    I have a collection of 6, two of which are novelty pins.

    #135 9 months ago
    Quoted from too-many-pins:

    "Honey I promise this will be the last machine I ever buy" has become a monthly statement over the past few years. Sometimes as often as weekly but she stopped believing me so long ago it doesn't really matter at this point.

    Ha ha. I can definitely relate.

    #136 9 months ago

    All my pins are set to 5 balls

    #137 9 months ago

    My Highest scores are world records... oh and occasionally I like to play with the glass off...

    #138 9 months ago

    Confessions of a pinball collector? My confession is that I own exactly one working pin and am restoring one other one. I don't consider myself to be a "collector" just a home arcade owner/manager.

    #139 9 months ago
    Quoted from jaytrem:

    All my pins are set to 5 balls

    You...monster!

    #140 9 months ago

    Sometimes I have bad games when I can’t seem make a shot to save my life, but when I do make a good shot or save, I’ll yell at my pins, “Suck it Trebec!”

    #141 9 months ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    I sold a billiards table to make more room recently.

    I may be next. Enjoying all you guys’ posts in this thread. Great stuff.

    #142 9 months ago

    My next pin is my favourite pin.

    #143 9 months ago
    Quoted from wtuttle:

    My next pin is my favourite pin.

    #144 9 months ago

    I’m a decent player sober but get a few drinks in me and I’ll get smoked by a monkey flipping 7 year old.

    #145 9 months ago

    I play TPA on the can more than I play my real pins.

    #146 9 months ago

    I have three pins. I can tell them apart by how they smell.

    #147 9 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    I've gone to a pinball show for three days and not played a single game.

    Or took a single shower?

    #148 9 months ago

    My pinball attire collection is slowly outgrowing my regular clothing.

    Also, I play a thousand times better in a non tournament setting. Nerves get the best of me. Go figure!

    #149 9 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    I play TPA on the can more than I play my real pins.

    Does this nean you would sell stargate?

    #150 9 months ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    If you ever need a visitor... just say the word

    Hey man. I am always up for some parties. I just purchased a house back in August. And am in full swing doing a rennivstion to roughly a 2000sqft game
    Room. I have a ton of EM arcades as well. So I know I will ha e to work on thinning the pinball herd.

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