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Is your day job related to pinball?

By oldschoolbob

6 years ago

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  • Latest reply 6 years ago by LongJohns
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    #1 6 years ago

    While reading barakandl’s post on replacing transistors it occurred to me there is so much knowledge and talent here. Anything from re-building stepper motors to re-building PC boards, there is someone here that can answer your questions. I often wonder where all this talent comes from. Some, I’m sure, make a living repairing pinball machines and others are electronics engineers. So this stuff comes easy for you. I’m just curious what other backgrounds make pinball knowledge easy for you.

    I’ve been in the construction industry all my life. First as a draftsman, then CAD drafting, then construction project manager. Later I started my own construction business. I had a couple of pinball machines when I was a teenager but that was 50 years ago. And I’ve played around with computers (changing motherboards, hard drives, etc.) but that’s nothing compared to a pinball. I just find the workings of a pinball machine so interesting.

    What about you. How did you learn about pinball machines? What is your day job and is it related to pinball?


    #2 6 years ago


    #3 6 years ago

    Wish my day job was related to pins...then maybe all the time I spend on pinside and day dreaming about pinball would be somewhat productive....

    #4 6 years ago

    I spend hours of day on pinside and get paid to do it. Does that count?

    #5 6 years ago

    Yes it is . I am an operator and technician for more than twenty years .

    #6 6 years ago

    i fixed and repaint 2 cabinet yesterday and tomorrow at the body shop... normally i do cars.

    that's also where i do mine, when i can find time.

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from jdoz2:

    I spend hours of day on pinside and get paid to do it. Does that count?

    Same here! I figure I deserve a raise for entertaining you guys.

    #8 6 years ago

    Jeez no , i am mining gold 2000 feets underground , nothing to do with pinball ..

    #9 6 years ago
    Quoted from PlatinumPinMike:

    Jeez no , i am mining gold 2000 feets underground , nothing to do with pinball ..

    Can you get me some while you are down there?

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from jdoz2:

    I spend hours of day on pinside and get paid to do it. Does that count?

    Govt worker?

    #11 6 years ago
    Quoted from dieseldogpi:

    Wish my day job was related to pins...then maybe all the time I spend on pinside and day dreaming about pinball would be somewhat productive....

    LOL! that is funny. It would be nice if work = play. That is the holy grail, something that I aspire to. Unfortunately it is not reality for most.

    #13 6 years ago

    Not even close. That's what makes pinball enjoyable for me. Kick back and de-stress and forget about work for a while

    #14 6 years ago

    I put shampoo on the shelf for a living. Yep' blessed retail "management", more like stock boy with keys, but the kids aren't starving.... so I'm doing something right. Pinball is my escape from cranky soccer moms, little old ladies who can't find the prune juice on sale, and guys pissed off and yelling at me because their doctor hasn't called in their viagra prescription and its already Friday night! Its all good though~SpOoKy

    #15 6 years ago

    I don't think many of the people who make a living off pinball are going to be so forthcoming to say so in this thread But I'll share.

    Yes, my day job is coin-op, including some pinball. I played the games all the time as a kid. Bought my first one as a kid too. I owned dozens of pins before going to college. In college I didn't have room for pins, so I continued my coin-op hobby with Megatouch games. On weekends I would drive hundreds of miles picking them up from operators or delivering. On weekdays, after classes, I would spend my free time refurbishing them. Worked a "normal job" for a few years after college while doing this stuff on the side, but took a gamble and started my own full-time business in coin-op while my fiance was still getting her Masters.

    I will say this when it comes to pinball machines. Selling a lot of them over the years makes it less fun. I even refused to sell them for a couple years. Too many people expect a perfect machine for below market prices. I say "My Addams Family is above average compared to the 50 or so I've sold and 100s I've seen" and others undercut you and say "My Addams Family is super minty" yet it has mansion wear, planking, etc. Telling someone honestly that you're "in the business" is translated to "I'm trying to screw you" to some people, even though it just means I have more a reputation to protect and I'm paying taxes on anything I make, which when broken down hourly isn't much. And it's not like there's a lot of money in pinball either. It's a labor of love...turning a dark, dirty, lifeless pinball machine into a bright and flashy toy. I've made a living selling Megatouch games and other arcade games, but the pinball machines I can still enjoy. They don't have to be pristine either...mostly "players condition" games in my collection.

    #16 6 years ago

    Does being an electrician count?

    #17 6 years ago

    I am in charge of the video game business for a chain of retail stores, so by extension my employees were in charge of buying the pinball arcade retail version for ps4. So technically...

    #18 6 years ago

    My job allows me to support my expensive pinball habit, so it is kinda is related to pinball.

    #19 6 years ago

    I wish!

    #20 6 years ago

    I run a plasma table in a factory, not related to pinball but I often have time while waiting for the machine to brainstorm about various projects. I have cut out control panels and marquee brackets for my arcade games though.

    #21 6 years ago

    I am an electronics engineer - but my job isn't really related to pinball per say as I am more involved with assisting with research on various projects that range from printable electronics, carbon nanotubes, graphene, batteries, solar cells and a couple others.

    But on the other hand I guess it does somewhat count since I handle silicon wafers almost on a daily basis which is essentially the starting point of all microchips today.

    I learned about pinball by just diving into them - IMHO they are fairly simple, but it's all about the programming, the bulk of the electronics is mainly for the input and outputs. Of course I found this place a couple years later and it has made my life much easier (taught me a few of the 'tricks of the trade' so to speak).

    #22 6 years ago

    Yep mine does....

    I work as a firefighter on a Truck company and everytime we are out on emeregency calls I am always keeping an eye open for more machines.....Does that count?

    #23 6 years ago

    I am a physicist. . Newton's Laws, Collisions , impulse , changes in momentum , .....

    #24 6 years ago

    I work in drug and alcohol addiction so that helps me understand my pinball addiction I have done some technical work in past jobs and with the military, so that help me a bit with pins.

    #25 6 years ago

    going to be a playfield/system designer after i open up an Arcade
    who's with me

    thing about openning up motherboards and all that to do work, why not get into a PRoc point of few and cut down on older malfunctioning systems even being in the games

    #26 6 years ago

    Currently, no, years ago, yes. Read my profile story.

    Pinballx; you should take your post from above and make it part of a background story here on Pinside.

    #27 6 years ago

    Nope. No connection at all. I like the Physics answer. I saw what you did there.

    #28 6 years ago
    Quoted from LongJohns:

    I am an electronics engineer


    At least that's the title I use when I don't want to put people to sleep....

    #29 6 years ago

    My job as a barcade owner is almost entirely pinball.
    Can't lie, it takes maybe a little of the fun out of it. Isn't it that way with any hobby that becomes a job though?
    However when I spend all day working on pins, and come home and still find myself obsessing, it's clear the hobby passion is here to stay.

    #30 6 years ago

    Haha no. Web designer for a local university

    #31 6 years ago
    Quoted from jdoz2:

    Haha no. Web designer for a local university

    Only until your boss reads this

    #32 6 years ago

    New company idea Pinside United....home of unique pinball creations. I'll be the first to quit day job and instead stay home all day playing pinball as part of our research and development.

    #33 6 years ago

    Yes. Directly related - the earlier I leave work......

    #34 6 years ago

    Nope,I deliver packages to ass clowns,& mouth breathers all day. People are simply amazing. .

    #35 6 years ago

    My job has nothing to do with pinball, but pinball definitely influenced my job. I was a truck driver when i started collecting games, and had never worked with electronics at all...never even tried to solder. Once I started working on the games, I was interested enough to start an engineering degree. Now, I spend my time programming, laying out PCBs, and spending way too much time in meetings. When I get home, I relax with a few games of pinball.

    #36 6 years ago

    Not at all and I'm thankful for that.

    Playing,maintaining,cleaning pinball is a nice departure from my work life.

    #37 6 years ago
    Quoted from oldschoolbob:

    How did you learn about pinball machines? What is your day job and is it related to pinball?

    I learned by doing on pinball machines. I knew if I wanted to have games I'd have to learn to fix them, for 2 reasons...

    1) You can't easily look up 'Pinball Repair Guy' in the Yellow Pages.
    2) If you could, my paycheck to paycheck budget wouldn't allow it.

    Lots of studying and research online and posting questions to forums has taught me a lot. And doing my 1st PF swap taught me a ton too. If you ever wanted to know one of your games inside out, upside down and backwards, take the whole damn thing apart and put it back together so that it actually works again (a feat that my wife teased would NEVER happen)!

    My job doesn't have anything to do with pinball at all, but the skills I've learned being a repair technician for a printing company transfer well into my hobby and have given me the confidence to dive in there and not be afraid to take stuff apart. If I can repair and keep running multiple $1,000,000 printers at work and they pay me for it, surely I can get a $1,000 pinball machine working, right?

    -Steve Ridge

    Post edited by VDrums2112: OK, so I can fix stuff but can't type worth a shit!

    #38 6 years ago

    My background:
    Vocational school training in electronics, Diploma in Computer Hardware Technology from TTI.
    Around 12 years in mobile cellular phone repair, mostly with then GTE Mobilnet (at the time certified in warranty repair from all the major manufacturers) I've been working in the digital audio field for around 20 years now, more than half that as production supervisor and quality control on DSP based products for the radio industry with the company Telos Alliance

    Pinball is just a hobby I picked up on around 4 years ago.

    #39 6 years ago

    Developping Pinball Browser takes most of my time. Does that count ?

    #40 6 years ago

    My day job, my night job, my side job, my part time job, my hobby, and my down time, all pinball related.

    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    #41 6 years ago

    Yes. I sit at my desk and fool around all day on this site.

    #42 6 years ago
    Quoted from Pinfidel:

    Yes. I sit at my desk and fool around all day on this site.

    Someone once asked Henry Ford "How many people work for you?" His answer: "About half".

    #43 6 years ago

    No. Other than I like to try to find places to play pinball or tourneys to play in the cities where by business travel takes me.

    #44 6 years ago

    I teach high school English Literature. Perhaps I could write a lyric poem about one of my machines...."Ode to Williams' Indiana Jones."

    #45 6 years ago

    My tank has ball bearings in it, does that count?

    #46 6 years ago

    Kinda/sortta/Not really/but yes? I worked on a PSN pinball game. I didn't know much about pinball until I worked on that game. During development I looked at pinball more critically and realized how much "stuff" is actually in these machines. I ended up designing a couple tables and tweaking rules for that PSN game... and now I build real ones for fun

    #47 6 years ago

    When I hit the lotto...

    #48 6 years ago

    My day job. (I'm the one on the right.)
    Men from UNCLE.jpg
    Okay, so that's what I imagined when I was a kid.
    At least a few folks here will remember Illya Kuryakin.

    #49 6 years ago


    My dayjob consists of working from home on my computer 'or' flying off and working in our customers datacenters. When I'm home, going to the games room and playing pinball every hour provides me with that all important 'break' that every desk jockey needs. When I'm on the road, looking for pinball machines to play around the world keeps me from sitting in a hotel staring at a computer screen.

    Pinball definitely is a part of my job, it keeps me on my toes and off my butt.

    #50 6 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Someone once asked Henry Ford "How many people work for you?" His answer: "About half".

    Yeesh, I'm surprised he thought it was that high.

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