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I shall lurk no more. A little introduction...

By Miguel351

9 years ago

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    #1 9 years ago

    Hello all!

    I’ve been lurking here for about a month or so and now that I’ve finally joined, I felt it necessary to give a small introduction.

    My name is Mike and I am a pin freak. I don’t currently own a pin, but that doesn’t seem to be a requirement for the disease. I do have old stand-up arcade machines like Donkey Kong and Q-Bert, along with an original Chexx Hockey machine, as well as others, so I’m already of the same ilk, I’m just now moving over into pins as well.

    I never realized it before, but I’ve been a pin-head all along. I remember making the decision in my youth to play pinball more because it was the one type of game I could control my own “destiny” and play on a single token or quarter for up to 10 minutes it seemed! I can physically remember playing a bunch of older pins from Black Knight to Black Hole to Space Shuttle to Taxi to Comet and even up to the hotter pins at the time like Jurassic Park, Medieval Madness, and Twilight Zone all at our local Malibu Grand Prix. They had fabulous turnover for their pins and whenever something new came in, they’d be the first to get it, it seemed.

    A lot of my pinball memories not only come from Malibu Grand Prix and other local arcades, but every time my family would go on vacation, particularly to a casino, I was always too young to be there and was relegated to the arcade room. I never really minded it so much as long as they had decent pins.

    Where my addiction really took hold is when I was in college. My campus had a general food court/break room/activities/bowling/amusement area that we all called “the pit”, mainly because you had to walk downstairs to get there as it was under an office building and general study area. Well, they happened to have a pinball machine there for a couple of my years there by the name of The Addams Family. I played it a couple times and fell in love. I played it pretty much everyday for two or three years, while school was in session. There would even be times I’d go down there during summer and winter break just to go play it(also since parking was free when school wasn’t in session).

    After I graduated and started working full-time, my addiction subsided. But I had no idea it was still there. Last year I found a TAF at a local putt-putt and while it has seen better days, it was still my “old friend”. It instantly brought back memories of the very first time I got to Tour the Mansion and how I had no idea what to do! All the sound bites came flying back into my mind and I enjoyed them all over again. I decided then, that if I can own some of my favorite arcade machines, I can also own my favorite pins.

    Fast forward to about six months ago. I narrow my search for pins I want to buy and ultimately keep, down to three: TAF, TZ, and FH. These three pins are the ones I’ve played the most and have the fondest memories of, far and away, and are the ones I’d ultimately like to have in my permanent collection. I realized then, too, that I’d probably have to learn to shop out a pin in order to not only learn how to do it and fix my own stuff, but to also save some money on the front end, hopefully buying one that needs work and putting the time and effort into the pin instead of cold hard cash. I feel it’ll be an uphill battle, but maybe not as steep a climb as I once thought. I met with a local pin repair guy and we talked for about an hour or so about what goes on with a System 11 pin and a DMD pin, since those were the two he had there in his shop. Given that exposure, my history of fixing my own arcade machines, that I’ve restored a couple of classic Mustangs(where I personally rebuilt the engines, transmissions, upholstered the interiors, ran new harnesses, etc.), and that while getting my degree, I had a couple of electrical engineering courses that dealt with everything from basic logic gates to full IC chips, he felt I have a good base of knowledge to try my hand at shopping out a pin. Besides, I love taking on new challenges and this seems right up my alley! I fully expect this to be a labor of love, too.

    I’m sure I might make a mistake or two. But after doing nothing but research for the last few months on how to work on and fix a lot of different things on pins by watching youtube videos, reading every post I could on this forum and others from people who have very specific issues, and generally absorbing as much info as possible from talking to people about it, I feel like I’ve already got a great head start. In fact, last week at Pin-A-Go-Go in Dixon, I was talking to a guy who owned a TAF about all the little nuances and things that make a TAF “unique” to work on and he even mentioned how he was impressed I knew so much about pins without ever having owned one. I told him I’m trying to learn as much as possible because while a little bit of knowledge is dangerous, a lot of knowledge will keep you safe.

    That’s where you guys come in. I’ve been reading here for about a month and the vast expertise and breadth of knowledge is staggering. I glean so much info from you guys, it’s silly. And that’s something else I’ve noticed, you’re all a bit silly, and yet somehow it fits. I don’t think I’d want it any other way!

    Anyway, just wanted to send along my greetings to everyone here and while I may not post all that often, you’ll have no excuse for not knowing who I am when I do. And if you happen to know anybody with a TAF or FH in need of some TLC that they want to get rid of, shoot me a PM!

    Looking forward to having fun with y’all!


    #2 9 years ago

    Nice story Mike, thanks for taking the time. Welcome and keep chiming in, that's what it's all about.


    #3 9 years ago

    Welcome to Pinside, sounds like you will fit right in with us misfits...

    #4 9 years ago

    Welcome Mike to the Brotherhood of the Silverball! If you ever head up North you can play my TAF all you like.

    #5 9 years ago

    Welcome to pinside! We are a great group here.

    #6 9 years ago

    Welcome aboard ,,, You Will Learn Alot @ Pinside !! And Please Excuse me Sometimes , I seem to get carried away in some of these Thread's . But when I'm Busy w/ a pin play-n or shop-n ,, I'm All In w/ pict's to show ... B_R

    #7 9 years ago

    Welcome. Nice read.

    #8 9 years ago


    #9 9 years ago

    Good Story and Welcome!

    #10 9 years ago

    Thanks for stepping into the light, Mike. I hope you enjoy yourself!

    #11 9 years ago

    You see, that's just it. I feel like I already know some of you here, like you Black_Rose. I read a LOT of your posts! They're hilarious and I enjoy all the pics and everything. Trust me, I wouldn't have joined if I didn't think I would have a great time here. I knew I would and that's why I joined up. I've got to be a part of some of these conversations!

    Looking forward to a great time here!


    #12 9 years ago

    Nice story! We bid you.....velcome!


    #13 9 years ago

    Welcome Mike! You found the right place; this is a great bunch o' folks.

    Post edited by txstargazer3 : Typo

    #14 9 years ago

    Sell them video games and get a real fun game-PINBALL!!
    Welcome to pinside

    #15 9 years ago

    Welcome aboard Mike. Great story. I hope you have an opportunity own one of the titles your looking for. And then the other. I really do. Owning your own pin and being able to play anytime is just awesome. There are many features of Pinside that can help with your quest. You can add the machines to your watch list and be notified when one comes up for sale. Want Ads can be placed in the marketplace. Just getting the word out your looking is a great start. Pinside is pretty cool that way. Now, let the games begin.

    #16 9 years ago

    Welcome Mike ! Hope you find your dream pin soon !


    #17 9 years ago

    Come on in, the water's great!

    #18 9 years ago

    Welcome! Start making room for pins... they like to multiply.

    #19 9 years ago
    Quoted from chriskd:

    Welcome! Start making room for pins... they like to multiply.

    Truth. Locate the blueprints to your house now so you can mark load-bearing walls. That way you can avoid knocking them down later when it's time to expand.

    #20 9 years ago

    Welcome to pinside Mike.

    #21 9 years ago

    I like your tastes. TAF is my all time fav, and I have all three of the ones you're looking for.

    Best of luck, they are all keepers.

    #22 9 years ago

    Welcome aboard! This place is becoming like the new rgp.

    #23 9 years ago

    Welcome Miguel
    With your background and work ethic, you'll be a success with Pinball.

    #24 9 years ago

    You have a fever, and the only cure, is more pinball.....

    #25 9 years ago

    Welcome Mike!
    Qbert rocks!

    #26 9 years ago
    Quoted from Pin_Crazed:

    You have a fever, and the only cure, is more pinball.....

    ... And cowbell, don't forget the cowbell!

    #27 9 years ago

    Welcome and nice story.But... Get out now while you still can!

    #28 9 years ago

    Welcome and Goodluck with that first pin.

    #29 9 years ago

    Welcome to the club

    #30 9 years ago

    I too had pins at college. I said I would only buy one. Now i have 5. I lie. I have 6.

    #31 9 years ago
    Quoted from wesperron:

    Welcome and nice story.But... Get out now while you still can!



    #32 9 years ago

    Welcome, welcome!

    Loved Q-Bert. Always cracked up when i would fall off the edge, which was always.


    #33 9 years ago

    Welcome to Pinside!!!

    #34 9 years ago

    Welcome.. how about a hot dog?

    #35 9 years ago

    wonderful to have you here. You'll be an asset to the Pinside community.

    #36 9 years ago

    Welcome, great story, sounds like you're off to a great start already as far as general pin knowledge goes. Much better than I was anyway. Pinside is an awesome resource!

    #37 9 years ago

    welcome Mike I also played pinball in college ,and found my way back about six years ago. tz and funhouse my 1st two games. I now am once again addicted but not looking to be cured. Good luck in your search.

    #38 9 years ago

    Thanks for all the warm welcomes! You do realize though, that you are all "enablers", merely reinforcing that with which I am afflicted? It's fine by me, I just thought you should know.

    While I was at Pin-A-Go-Go last weekend, I bought a "premium" pinball ball(correct terminology?) to carry with me at all times and fidget with while talking to random friends from time to time. It's main purpose is to remind me of my quest to acquire my favorite pins, but it's side effect has been that people see it, ask questions, and they have gotten me in contact with people they know that have collections of their own! Connections, knowledge, new friends. All for $2! Could be the best $2 I ever spend in this hobby.


    #39 9 years ago
    Quoted from Miguel351:

    You do realize though, that you are all "enablers", merely reinforcing that with which I am afflicted?

    Yes...yes we are.

    Hi my name is JW and I am a pinaddict...

    Welcome Mike, BTW, I have a couple of contacts in Fresno that usually have pins for sale. I know it is not the one you WANT but one of the guys has a really nice nascar for sale.
    BTW deuce, I grew up outside of Fresno, are you originally from there?

    Ms. Pacman ROCKS!!!

    #40 9 years ago

    Welcome to your new home my friend

    #41 9 years ago
    Quoted from jwwhite15:

    BTW deuce, I grew up outside of Fresno, are you originally from there?

    Yup, born and raised. And yes, I've seen that NASCAR machine on CL. Nice, pin. Decent price, too. Just not my style of pin. I'm NASCAR fan, too. Go figure.

    A local arcade here has a TOM that I'm going to look at today. It's been sitting around, off and probably broken, for a LOOOOOONG time. Maybe I can pry that out of their hands, shop it out and trade for what I'm looking for......

    2 weeks later
    #43 9 years ago

    Hey, a Fresno dude! I've seen your CL want ads and also those ads with the NASCAR pin. Shoot me a PM if you want.

    #44 9 years ago

    Hey! Nice to meet a local! There's a guy from Madera here, too. JimJim66, I think is his handle. I know of two other collectors in town, but I don't think they're members here.

    We should get a central valley meet-up going sometime in the near future!

    #45 9 years ago

    Welcome, Mike. Keep it real. (do they still say that in CA? lol)

    Hey there! Got a moment?

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