Not that I'm getting priveleged information from Jack, but I have been posing a lot of questions to him lately and he is not ignoring me. When I inquired as to how I was going to be paying for this machine he outlined it to me and I told him I was going to pass this along on the forum. I have seen a LOT of questions concerning the payment process on these pages and other forum sites.
I think Jack is 'feeling his way' right now and perhaps some of these payment concepts have been spur of the moment thoughts. I know he is CONSUMED with this project and is in the process right now of obtaining an artist.
I guess I'm a gambler. Since he is trying to perhaps show Stern how pins should really be made, I have to think this one will be very special. He's surely not going to put out a crumby product and tarnish his own image. Secondly, I echo the sentiments of another poster on here in that Jack has been in business a long time and it will not be easy for him to abscond with the money. Those of us who put the big dollars in it will surely get a big dollars machine and maybe more.
I also am enjoying being a part of a 'new wave', the dawn of signficant change in the pathway and history of pinball. Stern could crash at any time. Jack's venture might crash also in a few years, but those of us who purchase a pin from him might be the last people on Earth who have bought one manufactured in the USA.
His explanation of payments is pretty clear to me. I put down $250.00 and got my name on the list as a 'tentative buyer' with no obligation. This guarantees for me, at least in this early time frame, that if orders exceed the 1,000 to be produced, I won' be bumped when it is time to commit; I will have the right to buy a pin at that second stage in March. On, or around March 1, you will have to commit or back out. You plunk down another $1,500 and you are locked in . . . and that's both ways . . . you WILL get a pin, and you CAN'T stop paying for it! No word on when you finalize things. I have asked him would he be willing to accept monthly payment plans between now and Christmas, but he has not responded.
Jack plans on releasing a lot of information within the next month. I am just guessing, but I'm thinking that by that time we might get to see some artwork or concept visuals as created by the artist.