I've been kicking around the idea of buying a pinball machine, but all the articles I've been reading aimed at people new to the hobby seem to have been written years ago and consistently lowball how much I can get a relatively well-known machine for. Even the people at some of the shows I've been to seem to live in this world where a Black Knight 2000 is easily obtainable for 1500 dollars or a Funhouse shouldn't run me more than a couple grand.
I was under no illusions when I started looking to buying a machine, but it really seems that prices are so high that there's no way I can get anything other than some throwaway 1965 EM clunker for the price I'm wanting (or able) to pay. Everyone around here posts picture of their rooms full of machines, and I have to think that all of you either have six-figure incomes or started collecting machines years ago when they were falling off the backs of trucks.
Should I just be content with my Steam Pinball Arcade and local dollar-a-play hangouts, or is there still room for new collectors?