(Topic ID: 16506)

New Pinsider to the Seattle area!

By Spudgunman

7 years ago

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  • Latest reply 7 years ago by Staythirsty
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    #1 7 years ago

    Hello, I recently got into pinball - then got into pinball bad.. only wish there were more hours for pinball! I had a empty room that needed something.. then I got the crazy idea to fill it with my child hood dream of an arcade.. a super MAME cab and two broken down pinballs later.. and I have now spent more then my wife should ever know ...on big old pin cab's

    I dont know what part of this hobby I like more, the fixing or the playing. picked up a EM and a goofy title lasercue (which I actually like aside from the men in tights) on the super cheap local CL deals. they were non functioning and I have since brought them back to glorious life.

    I consider myself a "joe plumber" collector, I dont mind the former route machines with the lock hole, not having grown up playing pin all the time .. I do look at MM and MB and TAF and remember plunking in a quarter just to drain and then think.. f'this no more money from me... now that they are in my house with a freeplay... damn this is awesome.. where do I sell my car for more machines? I am not a super pin player but in the last 3 months of collecting I am getting progressively better, and every time I unlock a new 'skill' on my (most advanced to date) Police Force.. I feel like a champion who needs RUSH blasting somewhere.

    I put gameroom picks up of my beta arcade, it was before the BK and PF and the MAME was finished, also added a nice arcade dart, a foose ball table, and some of them silly japan slot machines (CL deal again) I saw some people doggin on plachinko machines that is what got me into this wanting a pinball years and years ago.. always loved it, sure its not a pinball in anyway.. but something about the plink plink that it just had to stay in the arcade. .. those silly pachiso machines are wacky.. but only way you can have a "coin slot machine" in my state with out (ahem violating some laws) (at 50 bucks a machine cant loose, I make that back in visitors to my arcade who never seem to put a quarter in the MAME or PIN! drats!)

    Later picked up a BlackKnight with horrible black glass but awesome otherwise, and a PoliceForce. (again super CL deals I just couldnt pass as they were rock bottom cheap), got the PF functioning again, and the BK cleaned up as much as I can.. aside from a check to east coast for a NOS glass, (I did chat with the fella who bought out Williams rights and he mentioned he might consider a repro print on lexan of BK which would be super rad for the "route" pin collector like me)

    Later this week I have plans to pick up a Twilight Zone for my first "big boy pin" and debating others beyond that.. looking forward to the two local pinball shows.

    If your local and have some junker machines I would love to fix them up! (check out my wanted list, or basically any System11 I am interested in) - also I would love to just meet local pin-heads, have a mac'njack and play some pin- talk some pin, when I can I get out to the seattle pin-museum to yack it up with the nice couple that owns it.

    here to learn and enjoy this new hobby..

    #2 7 years ago

    Hello, it's nice to hear from folks from WA state. I'm on the east side though. Sometimes it feels that all the pins are on the East coast. Good luck on your TZ, I'm personally seeking my, "holy grail" pin - STTNG. I need to purchase one fairly soon before the price is out of reach.

    #3 7 years ago

    yes I am noticing that! its wacky! shipping hurts.

    #4 7 years ago

    Maybe you might find something for sale at the show next month??

    #5 7 years ago

    yea I will keep an eye out.. question on this .. what is a good day to show up to look for sale pins the first day or the last day?

    #6 7 years ago

    I would love to go to the show in Seattle but can't get away that weekend. I'm always looking for a decent STTNG pin that I can personally pick up.

    #7 7 years ago

    Welcome to the brotherhood of the SilverBall (and Empty Wallet)
    Ever head south on the 5, give me a buzz.

    #8 7 years ago

    Welcome to the brotherhood of the Silver Ball (and Empty Wallet)
    Ever head south on the 5, give me a buzz.

    #9 7 years ago

    Welcome to the club! If you'd like to volunteer at the show we can always use the help. Be sure to join WPC_2006.

    #10 7 years ago

    cool I will check that out.. somehow I was a member? nifty!

    Chris my question around which day to show up to the show any tips? I wish I could volunteer but the wife wouldn't be a huge fan of me spending a weekend nerding out ...unless volunteer has free child care? hehe

    #11 7 years ago

    I'd get a 3 day pass but if you can only make it one day then I'd say Friday or Saturday are both fine. Sat is when most of the speakers will be giving their talks. The vendors don't usually run out of stock at the shows so you don't have to worry about that.

    #12 7 years ago

    Hello fellow washingtonion =-)

    welcome to pinside.

    #13 7 years ago

    It's a great show, but I haven't noticed a ton of machines for sale in past years. Maybe you'll just need to find the owner of something that grabs you and make them an offer? I'd go Saturday if any of the speakers interest you, or Friday otherwise because it's a bit less crowded.

    #14 7 years ago

    Thanks guys! It just seems so hard to find machines for sale around here vs east coast! They seem to be oozing out over there, but over here they don't last 30 seconds on CList unless they are super overpriced.

    #15 7 years ago

    Welcome to the Pinside Spudgunman - good luck on the game hunt

    #16 7 years ago

    Hi, welcome to pinside.
    Seattle is a fun city but I agree pins are tougher ($$$) to come by out West.
    If you ever need a good pinball fix and vacation Portland has healthy pinball wildlife.
    Pm me if your ever down here I'll happily supply list of great spots.
    See ya at the Seattle show in less than a month!!!

    #17 7 years ago

    Welcome to Pinside! Nice to see some more Washingtonians on here. Good luck on the search(s) guys!

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