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Does it makes sense to specialize collection in a certain generation?


By volcanolotus

2 years ago



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    #6 2 years ago

    Absolutely, from a maintenance perspective, having games that are all similar in terms of HW is a tremendous benefit (assuming you are doing your own repairs). Boards and other parts can be swapped between games, either to keep one game going at the expense of another, or as part of the diagnosis process. Additionally, over time, you will acquire deep expertise in the quirks of a specific generation of games since that is what you are concentrating on.

    Personally, I like the early Bally and Stern SS games, as the boards between these two manufacturers are largely compatible (some differences in the MPU, but nothing that can't be adapted), and that minimizes the stock of parts and boards I have to keep around. That doesn't mean I'm not tempted to own a Williams or a Gottlieb (I do own a project Black Hole, and would like to find a Solar Fire someday), but by buying mostly Bally and Stern, I've reduced my costs a lot, and also learned_ a lot!

    #27 2 years ago

    Lots of people saying "collect what you enjoy" and ignore the platform. Collecting pins that you enjoy is never bad advice, but I'd say that ignoring the platform is sensible advice ONLY for folk that don't have the skills or inclination to doing their own repairs. The best way for a novice to develop pinball repair Skillz is to work for a while on one platform. It may be classic Stern/Bally, it may be Williams System 7, or whatever, but if you have more than one machine of a specific HW generation, you will_ learn some pretty advanced techniques for maintaining/repairing that HW. If a hot soldering-iron is not your thrill, then by all means, don't even think about the HW and go for the titles that thrill you. Otherwise, focusing on a specific platform will have two advantages: One, you will get pretty good at repairing your own games; Two, you'll discover some "sleeper" titles buried down amongst the more popular titles, games that you'd never played before, but turn out to be pretty damned amazing!

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