Quoted from JoeJet:
Congrats! Its a great game..
Thinking is a little off. You will find that all pinball machines "break" and need to be fixed. As the saying goes "If it aint broken its not pinball" (or something like that.) Pinball has moving parts. Parts need to be replaced, adjusted etc. If you purchased a used game in working condition (obviously not a non-working game) you would find more or less similar wear pattern. Only difference might be the electronics - but see below
How are the electronics of a remake any "better"? In fact i would argue its worse. They certainly have not have proven themselves and from my understanding the boards are not repairable - need to be replaced. Older systems have more parts readily available as they use off the shelf components for the most part as opposed to these new boards.
Same as above.
I am happy the idea of pinball ownership became more comfortable to you based on the remakes. thats great. But over time you may see the reason you got into the hobby may turn out to be different from what keeps you here.
Really good points - thank you for your thoughful response - it certainly helps me as a new-to-ownership person (I've been playing since the days of Black Knight, but never owned any machines).
To answer a couple of your questions:
- I can't speak directly to your comments on electronics - other than to say a NIB MMr has a warranty so I'm protected (to some extent) on electronics. The video in YouTube I refer to is pretty staight-forward on the Stern system and wasn't very complimentary. I suppose the issue is monolithic boards as opposed to components. It's a little moot as there wasn't a Stern machine that really grabbed my attention enough to want.
My goal is to move through machines a couple times a year. I'm not collecting them - I just play at home and then plan to swap/move to other machines in a cycle. In my mind it's the new-car/used-car scenario. If I was a mechanic I would buy used.
- for maintenance, I fully expect to have to clean, replace balls, replace rubbers, etc. I'm more looking at catastrophic failure avoidance.
I might throw this machine into a bar if the opportunity arises, or find some other way to recoup some or all of my expenses over time - with the goal of a different machine every so often. I think after 1000+ plays it will be time. My intent is to be entertained and not frustrated by any pins I have. If it's breaking all the time then I'm going to sell it and get a bucket of coins to play someone elses machines
I think remakes are a good bet for me - as they allow me to get a "proven" product in a new state. Of course, part of my goal is to get comfortable with ownership and maintenance - because I am going to want a Black Knight eventually
(quick ad: I like playing a lot of pinball. So, if "owning" a machine for 6 months reduces my per-play cost in half - then it's worth the cost. Basically, I'm "renting" a machine for in my home, selling it at a smaller loss than the cost of playing 1000 games outside of my home. Plus, I can play in my pajamas - they kicked my out of the bar when I tried it there.)