G'day from Australia. Just discovered Pinside and this amazing thread.
Congrats to everyone on their beautiful machines....I have never seen a lineup like this and I'm only at page 25. Just one gorgeous thing after another and so far I have seen the lions share of my collection all sparkling and pristine.... No pics from me yet but I'm just about to start 6 weeks of holidays and have a ton of work to do and I'll be sharing a bunch of pics eventually.
I'd like to do a shoutout to aussiepinball.com which has made owning e/ms a reality for me. A really talented and friendly crew that help keep the Aussie pinball scene tight knit, generous and knowledgeable. Special mention to Mitch Styles aka Mr Pinbologist, my local guru. Check out his YouTubes and detailed how to's at aussiepinball. I own 4 of his restores and would take more if he had them.
I'm primarily into 70s 3" flipper preferably wedgeheads but anything with chimes. My collection in no particular order:
1972 GTB outer space: 2 player in poor condition-Nice b/g restore by Mitch who's currently doing the playfield. for a cabinet repaint and eventual total cosmetic job as it's my grail pin....Currently looks like roadkill and smells like a rats toilet....a great player with a killer backglass.
1961 GTB Big Casino. Has had a restore but is far from original with a different cabinet design, multiball(!) and repositioned flippers. Lots of repro plastic including a pinballrescue.com plastics set. A shoutout here to Lee who has sold me a ton of repro plastics all beautiful quality and very faithful. My only 2" model because it's my birthday pin (July '61).A fun player if you are prepared to use some brute force and a very pretty special light.
1976 GTB Volley: Unrestored, needs a p/f tidy and Mylar. Excellent backglass, cabinet needs a respray. New plastics to be fitted. Great player but cosmetically sad.
1975 GTB Abra Ca Dabra: A Mr Pinbologist restored machine. Mitch honed his skills early on in the piece on this one. Known as "Old Smoothy" a lovely machine to play. B/g a little fade but otherwise very clean, lovely mylared p/f. New Pinball Rescue plastics. Never disappoints, always brings out my best playing instincts.
1977 Zaccaria Universe: 4 player, high end restoration by Mr Pinbologist. A beautiful player, one of my favorites, fast, great simple ruleset. Incredibly lurid colored playfield (been described as looking like "the killing floor in a unicorn slaughterhouse") Everyone loves Universe.
1971 WMS Klondike. Another Mr pinbologist restored machine. fun and tricky, currently set to add a ball. backglass has a few faults but it is very tidy otherwise.
1972 WMS Superstar: My 1st pin, messy but original with a pretty degraded backglass. For and eventual facelift and getting a p/f spruceup shortly to protect the very good bits and repair the insert wear. The fastest, trickyest game I own, underrated with some excellent shots.
1976 WMS Space Odyssey: Currently sitting in a barn in Cootamundra, 1000km from home. bought unseen from another forum member to save it from the scrappers...I've managed to track down a NOS wms plastics set and a half decent b/g for eventual restoration. Needs a lift home to be with it's friends.
1974 GTB Sky Jump. picked this up last week on Ebay. Rough as hell and another rats toilet, currently drenched in Febreeze but will probably need a deep steam clean to purge the smell. I'm currently teaching myself to trace faults and do jobs like clean and rebuild steppers....still won't start. Really good b/g but p/f is planked and the last person to pull up the mylar took a fair amount of artwork with it.. this machine needs a ton of love but I'm prepared to give it my best shot as it's such an iconic 70's title.
1978 GTB Hit The Deck: Picked this up on Ebay a couple of days ago for a reasonable price...looks like a very clean example...for delivery this coming week...you can imagine my excitement. I did not expect my offer to be considered and it was a little tricky bring it up with my wife (who is actually just as pleased)...Will be getting professional advice about sorting this one out. I found Pinside while researching this one so that's got to be a good omen
1973 GTB High Hand: Currently being totally restored by APR in Melbourne. My other grail pin. Nino at APR is one of the top restorers in Australia. He's been having problems with this one but the work so far has been stunning. To my mind the most beautiful pinball ever made and a great player. I want to be buried in this machine.
Lots of words, no photos so thanks for reading this far. give me time. I still have 50 pages of e/ms to drool over.
If anyone has a 1969 GTB Wild Wild West 2 player they want to part with drop me a line at email@example.com
Also cheers to Rat-Tomago for a great thread(the best e/m thread I've ever seen) as well as being named after a cool as hell guitar solo by St Francis DeZappa