I'm looking to learn how to repair/restore pinball machines as a hobby. I'm looking for a cheap ( around $1k or less) machine, preferably broken, non-electromechanical pin that I can learn on. It would be a plus if parts for the pin are easily attainable.
What pin would you kind folks recommend?
Details about me:
I am a 23 year old gamer who works in tech and has considerable experience building and repairing computers, and some experience working on cars. I have soldered before, and I'm pretty good at diagnosing issues, and finding solutions.
I have only recently become interested in pins because I was exposed to the magic that is Medieval Madness! Once I found out that that pin is way out of my price range, I wanted to find a machine within my price range that I can learn on and not get too mad about destroying, if I totally botch the repair job.
Eventually, I want to find a broken Twilight Zone/The Addams Family machine to restore and give to my mother as a surprise birthday/mother's day gift as she is the one who first exposed me to pinball when I was young.
Thanks for the advice do far, everyone one bonus question I forgot to ask:
What tools do you all recommend I pick up as they are universally used in repairs?
I already have Phillips, flat head and torx head screw drivers, needlenose pliers, soldering iron and lots of sxrews of various sizes I've gathered over the years from building computers.