I confess I am one of those new to the hobby since December that isn't helping your pricing situation that is constantly discussed. My 11 year old son played an old pinball machine in Florida over thanksgiving and I "had" to have a LOTR for him for Christmas. Many parents are tired of the violent video games and looking for alternate outlets of entertainment. Just missed out on NEOs LOTR that he sold. He was really nice and took quite a bit of time to answer questions to me over the phone. Did find LOTR le for 6100. Whole family loves it. I hadn't looked at pinball games for 20 years and was amazed at level of complexity and fun.
I go to Minneapolis and check out some of the newer sterns and must confess that although great games, seemed to have a conspicuous cheaper feel (more plastic shutes, less "stuff" on the playfield). That being said ACDC was the big exception loved it. I research jersey jack extensively and was quite impressed. Preordered hobbit cause I have to have next to LOTR, will prob get WOZ
Cause favorite family theme. I don't want a room full of pins so paying more for select themes I like is ok.
I am in business and costs are rising, nice to see products, stern or jjp, designed and assembled in the US.
Some friends and I went to Hopkins Mn and played at SS billiards. Lloyd was great! This hobby really has some great people who are there to help.
Anyway thanks for listening to a newbie ramble.