Hi gang. New member here and I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Brief history is that I grew up a child of the 80's and 90's and now am in a financial position to start collecting a few pinballs.
I must say, you guys get the golden star award for use of most acronyms. I don't think I've ever been a part of a forum that used so many! Having said that, I am learning what a lot of them mean.
I do have a question in regards to terminology, I see the term "routed" or fresh off of "route" being used quite a bit. What does this mean?
A couple of other questions, it seems that prices are all over the place for the same machine across different venues i.e. ebay, craigslist, pinside, retailers, etc. Where am I going to likely find the best pin for the buck? I see play counts posted once in a while and what is considered high miles so to speak or does it really matter if the condition is good?
Here are some pins I'm looking into:
Are all of these doable with a budget of around $2-$3k? I've only got one Stern and one Gottleib on the list. Any issues with reliability or parts from Gottleib?
Thanks and look forward to chatting with you guys.