The Banning/John Weeks thing is really cool. He had a ton of games, lots of unique titles. But when we arrived there, i doubt even 1/4 of the pinball machines were actually playable. As things moved through the weekend it got better. maybe to 1/2 of the pinballs worked. I fixed about 5 or 6 myself. and the big struggle was to break that "most pinballs played at once" record at 2pm on saturday. we were told "just get the games to where a ball could be served/plunged"... that is don't really get the games working, just get them limping along so someone could plunge a ball (for the record.)
In reality those games need A LOT of love at Banning. It's a huge job, he has been in acquisition mode, but kind of forget to restore anything. so there was a big push to get games running just before their show. there were no tools or parts (to speak of) at the facility. they did have schematics though (probably spent a small fortune to make that happen.) Also most games had new rubbers. that type of stuff you can get general volunteers to do. but the really technical work of getting games running (especially the EMs), that will take YEARS of work of a small army of techs.
To that end, i would think the Texas show is probably the largest show based on working pin games. PAPA too (though not really a show.) Then I would say Ann Arbor Michigan (our show, 250 restored machines), and then probably Banning. Though just in sheer game numbers (working or not), Banning kills everything. But again, a lot of working games needed small details (flippers rebuilt). And a lot of EMs are just completely dead. That stuff all takes time, and from what I can see John Weeks himself is not that technically inclined. so he has to hire or ask for tech help. And since he's basically in the CA dessert, in the middle of no where, 2 hours from LA, i'm not sure how he's going to get those games all in decent running condition in less than say, five years.
The banning model though is really cool. He made that facility something really nice and special. just now he needs to get the pin games in good working order. it's easy to hire dry wall guys, carpet guys, paint guys... which he did (place looks great.) But now he needs to hire pinball techs, and in Banning CA, i can't imagine there's too many (if any) of them to hire. He really needs some help there. And not just a couple weeks before his next show. he needs a staff full time (year round), kind of like what PAPA does, to keep get and keep those games in good running condition.