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How many pins do own (as of Dec 2022)??

By briyau15

1 year ago


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“How many pins do you own?”

  • 1 12 votes
    3%
  • 2 16 votes
    4%
  • 3 33 votes
    8%
  • 4 25 votes
    6%
  • 5 44 votes
    10%
  • 6 33 votes
    8%
  • 7 23 votes
    5%
  • 8 18 votes
    4%
  • 9 11 votes
    3%
  • 10 18 votes
    4%
  • 11-15 69 votes
    16%
  • 16-20 35 votes
    8%
  • 20+ 103 votes
    23%

(440 votes)

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#51 1 year ago

Not enough. ‍♂️

#52 1 year ago

I voted 7 but then one surprisingly showed up the next day, so now it's 8.

#53 1 year ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Steadily declining

I’m on the same boat.
I would like to get down to 40 at some point

#54 1 year ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I think everyone new to the hobby just wants more. It's utterly natural, we've all been there. And then you either find a good equilibrium, run out of space, keep growing, or you're one of the weirdos who actually scales back.
I'm that weirdo, I think my peak number of games at once was 11. Now I have 3.
Space is finite and I have other interests, things gotta balance out one way or another. What I've learned is there's no point in predicting the future, so maybe I go down to 2, maybe I go up to 4, but it's hard to see going back to any kind of sizable collection at this point in my life.
Take it as it comes, the hunt and the journey is a big part of the fun. Once you're had a few games and the initial fever settles down some you can enjoy the process.

I'm at 1, (that plays - I'm not counting my EM project), and I definitely have other highly wished-for games, but I'm not tired of my one game yet, and that's with almost 3,000 games on it in around 300 days. I could see the fun of having a couple more games, but with how I tend to hyperfocus on one thing at a time, if I had a whole row (or rows) of games lined up, most of them would just be pointlessly gathering dust. I think eventually three would be about the sweet spot for me. I'd like to have a fast, brutal early SS to one side, my Whirlwind in the middle, and something modern with a 30 page rule sheet and long ball times on the other. I could be wrong, but I have a hard time picturing how a collection of 10, 20 or 70, would add more fun to my daily pinball time.

#55 1 year ago
Quoted from trecemaneras:

I could be wrong, but I have a hard time picturing how a collection of 10, 20 or 70, would add more fun to my daily pinball time.

That's when you open it up for others to play. Host an IFPA tournament or league for your area.

#56 1 year ago

Till my youngest grow up, only have space for 6 maybe 7, so it sits at six I have a virtual in slot 7(works great for learning rules of games i'll play in tournaments). The reason is they and their friends play the linked driving games and other arcades, but i will eventually swap the space for pinballs as they age out, as money allows.

#57 1 year ago

So I filled my Stern wall and realized I couldn't reach the power button now! I know what a problem right? Anyway, wifey got me those smart plugs. You just tell Google to turn on your games. You feel like Tony Stark is talking to Jarvis..lol! Anybody else have them????

#58 1 year ago

Yeah, I actually have the same power strip that works with Google Home. I think the one my pins are plugged into are Meross where I say “Hey Google, turn on the pinball strip” and it turns on the power strip. However, I don’t actually leave my pins “on” so even after the power strip is on I manually turn on each pins individually.

Is it safe to keep the pins on, then cut power to the power strip so then when I activate it with my google command all pins turn on at once?

#59 1 year ago

And conversely is it safe if all my pins are on but I tell Google to turn off the power strip so then it cuts off the power to all pins?

And how does everyone manage theirs? Do they turn them all on individually? Which after doing so for a handful I can’t imagine how long and tedious it may be to do 10+. Or are they always on but managed through power/surge strips to turn on multiple at once?

#60 1 year ago
Quoted from briyau15:

Is it safe to keep the pins on, then cut power to the power strip so then when I activate it with my google command all pins turn on at once?

Of course. I haven't manually turned on my games individually in years, though I use a hand-held remote because I don't do that smart home data-sharing talk-to-the-assistant stuff. All y'all letting Google track what goes on in your homes are much more trusting than I am.

Look inside your games, when you flip that switch on your games you are physically cutting the power to them. There's no difference between a switch in the game and switching off an outlet, your games cannot tell the difference.

#61 1 year ago
Quoted from briyau15:

Yeah, I actually have the same power strip that works with Google Home. I think the one my pins are plugged into are Meross where I say “Hey Google, turn on the pinball strip” and it turns on the power strip. However, I don’t actually leave my pins “on” so even after the power strip is on I manually turn on each pins individually.
Is it safe to keep the pins on, then cut power to the power strip so then when I activate it with my google command all pins turn on at once?

Oh, a whole strip? That's neat, but then you can't turn on individual games? I have individual plugs so she set it up to say hey Google turn on Ghostbusters or Elvira. It's just as satisfying as the O shot on JP! Also yes, perfectly safe. You can see the power cycle inside the game.

#62 1 year ago

i have 8 and 2 more to come. unfortunately there is room for 4. buying is easier than letting them go

#63 1 year ago
Quoted from MacGruber:

Oh, a whole strip? That's neat, but then you can't turn on individual games? I have individual plugs so she set it up to say hey Google turn on Ghostbusters or Elvira. It's just as satisfying as the O shot on JP! Also yes, perfectly safe. You can see the power cycle inside the game.

The Meross strip has the ability to name each individual outlet as well. So I can name the strip “Pinball Strip” and set up a command so when I say “Turn on the Pinball Strip” it will give power to all outlets on the strip OR after I name each outlet I can set up individual commands to control each one (I can name one the Godzilla outlet and just have a command that turns that one on/off

https://www.amazon.com/Protector-Meross-Supported-Control-Outlets/dp/B07NBNJ32V/ref=asc_df_B07NBNJ32V/

#64 1 year ago
Quoted from Aurich:

Of course. I haven't manually turned on my games individually in years, though I use a hand-held remote because I don't do that smart home data-sharing talk-to-the-assistant stuff. All y'all letting Google track what goes on in your homes are much more trusting than I am.
Look inside your games, when you flip that switch on your games you are physically cutting the power to them. There's no difference between a switch in the game and switching off an outlet, your games cannot tell the difference.

I’m going to have to change my approach then and look to keep my games “on” and use the power strip to turn all them on/off at once. I agree that it would be much more satisfying to do so and less time consuming.

#65 1 year ago
Quoted from briyau15:

Crazy how many people have more than 10. I wondered who has the most but then saw the 76 and think we have a winner

I personally know many people that have over 100

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#66 1 year ago

I have 11 active, and a "JB Pre coming! I turn whatever pin I wanna play on at that time. I C no sense in turning them all on at one time unless I'm showing off my collection to visitors, very rare!!

#67 1 year ago

I claim to have 18 or so but at least 5 are prewar and of those, only one has legs. The others are table top so not sure they count. I have 2 meteors but one is in pieces and missing boards. I guess realistically I have 10-11.

#68 1 year ago

In case you’re as interested as I, I’ve created a poll to see how many people leave their games on all the time and mass turn off at once.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/one-action-to-rule-them-all-via-smart-home#post-7287003

#69 1 year ago

I have 13 and I definitely have room for one more. It is actually driving me nuts with the extra space but I am waiting for the right game.

15 probably my all in number

Now saying that I probably have hi end 20+ vids

#70 1 year ago

After a short hiatus from pins I found myself back in the game. I'm at 1. Looking to do it better this time around... if I can afford to stay in the hobby!

#71 1 year ago

Here’s the correct smart home poll link, the other one’s poll had an issue.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/one-action-to-manage-pin-power-via-google-or-alexa

#72 1 year ago

I often wonder though about the people that have a large amount, how many are actually set up and playing? I've seen games literally stacked up like cord wood, 6-7 high and this was part of there "collection".

John

#73 1 year ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

I often wonder though about the people that have a large amount, how many are actually set up and playing? I've seen games literally stacked up like cord wood, 6-7 high and this was part of there "collection".

John

Guilty! Of the 10 or so non prewar pins 5 play right now. All but 2 of the prewar games play,......even during power outages!

#74 1 year ago

I have 4. The rest are games on route

#75 1 year ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

I often wonder though about the people that have a large amount, how many are actually set up and playing? I've seen games literally stacked up like cord wood, 6-7 high and this was part of there "collection".

John

I have 17 games. 2 are off being fully restored. 15 are fully working, 1 is working but needs a playfield part, and 1 is working but needs the cord repaired.

Edit: I now have 18 games.

#76 1 year ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

I often wonder though about the people that have a large amount, how many are actually set up and playing? I've seen games literally stacked up like cord wood, 6-7 high and this was part of there "collection".

John

I have 28 up and running and 2 waiting for new/restored playfields. I think 30 is my limit before I have to call friends for help on keeping everything running. It is easy to fall behind.

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#77 1 year ago

I seem to hover around 94 never broke the 100 barrier. But if you count arcades and ball bowlers I'm over.

#78 1 year ago

Went from 0 in January to 5 now. The itch hit me hard after that first one! Picking another up next month. Each new add has gotten pricier, but also more desirable. 6 is my max for space. “Planning” to move some out and be more selective with future adds, to work toward a dream lineup.

#79 1 year ago

My max was a little over 200 games. But it is impossible to keep them all 100% working so I dropped way down to a more manageable level. Some games were a maintenance nightmare so they were the first to go.

#80 1 year ago

6 pins, + shuffle bowl + shooter + baseball

#81 1 year ago

8 pins....2 mario karts........and a jukebox

#82 1 year ago

Too many and yet ... not enough somehow.

#83 1 year ago

4 pins with a 5th (Elvira) on order. Then I’m out of room. I’ve regretted selling almost every pin I’ve moved out, so looking into storage options for when the inevitable 6,7,8th one comes, so I can rotate as needed.

#84 1 year ago
Quoted from mnpinball:

I seem to hover around 94 never broke the 100 barrier. But if you count arcades and ball bowlers I'm over.

Thats very impressive . Where do you have this collection, and I would love too see pictures.

#85 1 year ago

I’m still above 20, but I expect that to start dropping over the next couple of years. Eventually that will go all the way down to the 5 my heirs will deal with.

#86 1 year ago

I don't know... I can't play more than one at a time and they take up a lot of space! If I had more money and more space and no wife maybe I'd end up collecting, but as it is I guess I'm monogamous. And having one at home gives me an excuse to go out and play around town and get excited when I discover something in the wild that I really enjoy. Owning one beautiful machine seems like a healthy indulgence, good for parties, and perfect for honing skills, but having a collection seems like more of a career than a hobby. It's like how some of the best cooks I know say they would never want to open a restaurant because that would ruin the pleasure of cooking for them.

#87 1 year ago

I always want 1 to 2 pinball machines and promised my wife I will never put any pins at the dinning or lounge area permanently so when I build an extra room in our home I know I can squeeze 8 pins. Within 12 months my collection grew from 3 to 7. I leave one space for Steven Ritchie’s pin. 4 months ago I finally found a H.S. Although it currently still in the US but hopefully it will arrive in NZ by the end of Jan or Feb.

#88 1 year ago
Quoted from JakeFAttie:

I don't know... I can't play more than one at a time and they take up a lot of space! If I had more money and more space and no wife maybe I'd end up collecting, but as it is I guess I'm monogamous. And having one at home gives me an excuse to go out and play around town and get excited when I discover something in the wild that I really enjoy. Owning one beautiful machine seems like a healthy indulgence, good for parties, and perfect for honing skills, but having a collection seems like more of a career than a hobby. It's like how some of the best cooks I know say they would never want to open a restaurant because that would ruin the pleasure of cooking for them.

Yeah, I get this and my long term vision is maybe having only 1-2 pins as a novelty in the basement for casual play. Then maybe getting a nice game room setup with one of those secret entrances that has a row of pins that not a lot of people will know about so they’d just be my personal collection.

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