okay, I am new to this and as of about 5 days ago I decided I wanted a pinball machine. I have read and soaked up as much of this wonderful subculture as possible. I am still left with questions, and in my experience asking the fans and collectors is the best way to go.
What is the difference between a "shopped" machine and a "refurbished" one?
What is a good first machine?
I really want Theatre of Magic as I was a huge MK nut back in the day and it has kombat kodes built into it. It also rates really high on most peoples top 20, and looks like amazing fun. Plus the promo video on youtube is so outrageous i want it even more. I have no skill at pinball, i just love playing it.
Secondly I have a local guy (canadian) offering me Addams family (another highly rated game). Says it works fine and he sent me tons (39) detailed pictures of it, says I can come play it and try it out. He wants 3000 for it, and the only damage it has the the playfield is very scuffed. I dont know if this is a good price or not, as I dont know how much, how hard, or where to have this fixed.
Also, I have plenty of computer building and fixing experiance, I flash Xbox's all the time, and am generally amazing at fixing things.... how hard is a pinball machine to fix?
I have posted pictures of the damage I am talking about. Hope to hear from you guys!