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First Pinball?

By Parkshow30

6 years ago


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    #1 6 years ago

    Hi, I just registered to pinside although I have been reading it for about a year.
    I'm looking to buy my first pinball, any good reccomandations for my price range and interest?

    Price range: Ideally I would like to stay under $1,200 for my first one and a solid state game, no EMs.

    Condition: I don't care about looks, just want it to function correctly. I don't know how to repair them although once I get a working one I am very interested to get to know about how they work and how to repair them.

    Location: I'm in Macomb Twp, which is southeast Michigan.

    Interests: My all time favorite pinball is Monster Bash. Obviously that's about 6 times more than my price range. Second place is Taxi. I like there to be an objective to the game, not just to score points. Multiball is not a must, my dad has a pool sharks and I really enjoy that one, but one thing is the ability to add initials for high scores. I don't know when that came out, but when playing on my dad's games and when I play on site somewhere that's what I'm always shooting for, to get my initials up there

    Thanks for the suggestions! Also, if you know of a game for sale in that price range within a few hours of me let me know! I'm willing to be patient to find the right game. My tax returns are what I'm using to buy the game unless someone is interested in trading for a few guns, so I won't be able to purchase one for a week or two until they get here. Thanks again!

    #2 6 years ago

    Forgot to mention I have two young girls so I'm looking for a machine that does not have women dressed inappropriately all over the backglass and playfield

    Also, I've played a lot of pinball, Sparks Pinball here in Michigan and the Silverball Museum in New Jersey, and I generally don't like games that have an upper playfield with an extra set of flippers

    #3 6 years ago

    I think if you play your cards right, you can probably find a decent System 11 game within your price range.

    Gottlieb System 3 games offer a tremendous bang for your buck ratio, in my opinion. Keep your eyes out for Cue Ball Wizard or Wipe Out.

    Good luck on the hunt!

    #4 6 years ago

    Learn all you can. When you look at a potential purchase, don't get hung up on having to drag your first game home no matter what.

    Find a local collector to go with and help you look.

    And when I look at a game I check the hard to clean areas. If dirty, it hasn't been kept up. An older game has by now had board repairs. Look like they were done right, tools and parts ? Or monkeys worked on it.

    Take your time and make your first game a good experience. Rush into things and you'll buy a money pit and hate pinball.

    LTG : )

    #5 6 years ago

    I would suggest start simple, get a 80s Bally/ Stern game, and learn from there.
    My first game (6 million dollar man) I was very intimidated by the amount of connectors and wires, let alone the electronics,
    and the logic of how things worked. And I had electronics' training from school.
    then moved up to system11, then a WPC

    #6 6 years ago

    Thanks for the quick replies so far. I've never played wipe out before but just looked at some pictures and video and it looks like a blast.

    Fortunately my dad knows some about pinball, he has a pool sharks and an Independence Day and does his own repairs. He is a retired repairman who has worked on dental equipment, copiers and money counting machines from the casinos so he can generally figure out how to do anything. Me.... not so much, I'm a Phys Ed teacher.

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    #7 6 years ago

    Got my first pinball!!
    Picked up a Williams Comet from a pinsider in Ohio. Great game, love the theme, we go to Disney World every summer so perfect theme for our family. My almost 5 year old loves it! She likes watching me play and pointing out all the things in the theme park and she loves to play as well. She can hit the comet ramp 1 or 2 times a game and has a best score of over 500,000!
    Extra bonus, my wife really likes it too, in the 2 days we have had the game she has played probably close to 20 games.
    The game is very challenging and there is always something to do instead of just hitting the ball around and keeping it from draining. All the timed shots really keep you on your toes! The million point shot is a real thrill to go for and I love the fireworks show when you hit it!
    The only thing from my wishlist of features this game doesn't have is the ability to enter initials but since it saves the top 4 high scores I just put up a small whiteboard by it and we can now put our initials down for player 1,2,3 or 4 and still see our high scores flashing up on the glass.

    #8 6 years ago

    Congrats on your new toy. I have the last of the three games in that series, Hurricane. Game gets my blood boiling at times, funny all my other games I just have fun with but that one gets me downright pissed off at times, lol.

    Sparks has league play on Mondays, 7:30 pm. 10$ dues for 5 week seasons, just started a new season tonight. You should check it out, bad night I know with school aged kids for sure but it's alot of fun.

    #9 6 years ago
    Quoted from Parkshow30:

    My almost 5 year old loves it! She likes watching me play and pointing out all the things in the theme park and she loves to play as well. She can hit the comet ramp 1 or 2 times a game and has a best score of over 500,000!
    Extra bonus, my wife really likes it too, in the 2 days we have had the game she has played probably close to 20 games.

    Well done getting the family on board. Start making room for more pins!

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from Parkshow30:

    Forgot to mention I have two young girls so I'm looking for a machine that does not have women dressed inappropriately all over the backglass and playfield

    Not dressed inappropriately, but kind of funky on the hair style.

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    #11 6 years ago

    Congrats but a much needed Warning!!! Pinball is a Very addictive hobby! Before you know it you will have 7 lined up and you will spend your evenings bartering with your wife for space in the unused dining room!!! Trust me we have 3 in there now. lol The best thing you found in pinball is an activity to share with your Family. Enjoy it and all the memories it will create. The next 6 games will follow.

    #12 6 years ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Congrats but a much needed Warning!!! Pinball is a Very addictive hobby! Before you know it you will have 7 lined up and you will spend your evenings bartering with your wife for space in the unused dining room!!! Trust me we have 3 in there now. lol The best thing you found in pinball is an activity to share with your Family. Enjoy it and all the memories it will create. The next 6 games will follow.

    I never really believed that when I first started reading.... I bought T2 as my first pin literally 364 days ago. Then 8 months later I bought MET Pre. Now I'm thinking about picking up a ST Pre.... Never in a million years would've thought I might buy three in one year...

    #13 6 years ago

    Congrats on your 1st pin! It looks like we’re neighbors!

    #14 6 years ago
    Quoted from Parkshow30:

    The only thing from my wishlist of features this game doesn't have is the ability to enter initials but since it saves the top 4 high scores

    Check the user manual. You should be able to lower these fake scores in the adjustments so you can post high scores on the game. Same goes for Pool Sharks.

    Please change your batteries to lithium batteries so we will not hear about a horror story of an alkaline battery leaking on your board.

    #15 6 years ago
    Quoted from swillie:

    Congrats on your new toy. I have the last of the three games in that series, Hurricane. Game gets my blood boiling at times, funny all my other games I just have fun with but that one gets me downright pissed off at times, lol.
    Sparks has league play on Mondays, 7:30 pm. 10$ dues for 5 week seasons, just started a new season tonight. You should check it out, bad night I know with school aged kids for sure but it's alot of fun.

    The league sounds fun thanks for the invite. I'm currently competing in armwrestling so that takes up too much time for me to join a league right now, but I'd love to try it out sometime down the road

    #16 6 years ago

    My wife and daughter love it so much they are actually ready for another one as soon as budget allows!
    We have a big Disney trip this summer so maybe this fall I might start searching for our second pinball.

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from Fezmid:

    I never really believed that when I first started reading.... I bought T2 as my first pin literally 364 days ago. Then 8 months later I bought MET Pre. Now I'm thinking about picking up a ST Pre.... Never in a million years would've thought I might buy three in one year...

    I agree, I never would have thought I would have a full on addiction. I bought my first game a little over two years ago and just expanded into our dining room with my 13th game. Crazy how addicting this hobby is!

    Congrats OP on the purchase! Heed the warnings about them multiplying! Lol

    #18 6 years ago

    Congrats on your first pin! I lived in Macomb for over 10 years but moved to Brighton. You have a great network of pinheads in Macomb, so don’t sweat it if something breaks. You have plenty of people within a few miles of you that will be willing to help you.

    Welcome to the madness, and plan on your 1 pin multiplying in the near future.

    2 months later
    #19 6 years ago

    Everyone talking about getting ready for another pinball was right! 73 days later (yesterday) I picked up my second pin. Data East Simpsons. It's a huge hit. My older daughter, wife and I were playing Comet every night for about an hour and we thought wouldn't it be nice if we could be playing more than one pin at a time? Last night I was able to get The Simpsons from a fellow pinsider that was only 25 miles from me, works great and has a lot to shoot for. Really brutal multiball and a great ramp shot that goes behind the backbox and back out the other side. My daughter loves hitting that ramp. Her favorite saying is now "Eat my shorts!"

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    #20 6 years ago

    Well how much room do you have in your basement?

    #21 6 years ago

    Now that you have two watch how they multiply

    #22 6 years ago
    Quoted from crlush:

    Well how much room do you have in your basement?

    I could fit 3 without having to move anything, 4 with a little rearranging and a lot more if I started getting rid of things, but we like having a variety of games to play. Our head to head basketball game gets play most nights and is the most popular when we have birthday parties.

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    #23 5 years ago

    And now I am on to my third one!
    Almost picked it up on the one year anniversary of buying Comet but thought I was having furnace trouble so I had to figure that out first. Anyway Wipeout has joined Comet and The Simpsons! Amazing how much our gameroom has changed in a year. Traded out the huge basketball for a skee ball and a Arcade1up street fighter. Downsized my weightroom to fit the shuffleboard over there to add more pins.
    Here is the new addition with my oldest daughter ready to do some snowboarding!

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    #24 5 years ago

    Great story! I am in your situation before you bought a game. I’d like to buy one then maybe two that the family will enjoy! Sad part is the wife isn’t playing along yet....but so far it’s been fun going to locations and trying different games.

    #25 5 years ago
    Quoted from scottieIA:

    Great story! I am in your situation before you bought a game. I’d like to buy one then maybe two that the family will enjoy! Sad part is the wife isn’t playing along yet....but so far it’s been fun going to locations and trying different games.

    I had trouble getting my wife to go along with it as well financially. Space wise before we bought our house ten years ago she agreed I could do anything I want to the basement. It used to be a full gym when we first moved in. The way I was able to get into pinball was selling off my stuff from other hobbies, weightlifting and target shooting. That way I never really spent any “new” money, just kind of transferred what I had already spent it on. I’m out of stuff to sell now so it will be awhile before I get another one.
    In the meantime, have fun playing on locations! I did for years!

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