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Looking for 1st pinball machine

By Evilive69

3 years ago

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    #1 3 years ago

    I am looking to buy my first pinball machine and have been reading quite a bit so I least have some knowledge of what I am getting myself into. Being in my early 40's I grew up in arcades and have narrowed my search criteria down to an older SS machine. I would like some input or feedback on reliability, play ability and maintenance on a few machines that I am interested in.
    These are the machines I am interested in:
    Black Hole
    Haunted House
    Mars - God of War
    Grand Lizard

    #3 3 years ago

    My wife already knows that one is just a start, and the second one will follow along quickly. I am a computer geek by trade so I am not afraid to get my hands dirty but there are a lot more boards involved than what I am used to. I guess it's all part of the learning curve.

    #8 3 years ago

    From what I have read the Gottlieb System 80's would be harder to work on, but I really dig BH and HH. I remember playing them years ago and since my 10 year old daughter is becoming a pinball junkie I know she would love them as well. I am definitely looking for more of a value pinball for the first two, just to make sure they actually get used. My wife bought her ex a pinball when they were married and after a year it did nothing but collect dust. He still has it sitting in his basement. I have seen pictures and it looks to be a really nice condition Riverboat Gambler. I made mention of buying it from him, but she refused saying she didn't want to buy the same one twice...hehehehehe.
    I think to start I would like to have an old Gottlieb and a Williams. That way if one is down I still have one to play.

    #12 3 years ago

    BigD...I can probably pick it up for around $1000, but the wife won't let me and I really don't like the theme. If anything I would buy, play it for a few weeks and sell it.

    Robotoes...I am a casual player that won't mind fixing them to keep them running. However, I have said that about other things and usually end getting deeply involved. So far the place I have played is the only arcade in town...Crabtowne USA. It's kind of a dive restaurant but has about 95 games, 30 or so being pinballs. I take my daughter and we have a blast. She really can't believe that they used to have arcades everywhere, even the mall. And that our parents would just leave us there while they went shopping...she cracks me up.

    I am trying to learn all of the acronyms but what is FSP?

    #15 3 years ago

    Riptor...I think they still have B2K2. But I dont think it was working the last time I was there.
    I will have to look at more Bally machines. I grew up vacationing at the Solomons Island Navy Rec base and the only pinball they had was Flash Gordon. I spent hours playing it and would love to find one.

    #21 3 years ago

    NeedZ...that is sweet.

    fosaisu...you are correct, I definitely want something I can play when I get it. I am sure over time I will look into a project machine but first one needs to be a solid everyday player.

    #25 3 years ago

    Arcademojo...not only have I come to the conclusion that a project pin won't be the first one I get, but I have been read the riot act by my wife.

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