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Nor Cal Pinheads thread


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    #6201 17 days ago

    Is anyone going North/South who can grab a pin for me from Eugene, OR?

    #6202 14 days ago

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    #6203 11 days ago

    Looking for a Williams Big Guns.

    Robert

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    #6204 11 days ago

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    #6205 11 days ago

    Weird request: Anyone local have a lockbar that I can borrow for a few weeks or a month? I need to send the scratched lockbar from my Wonka LE to Robert Stone to try to figure out the powder coating, so while it's gone I just need a lockbar to hold the glass in place on the game. It doesn't have to be pretty, just functional. I'll return it once I get mine back from him, which I imagine might be a month or so. If you do, please send me a PM. Thanks so much.

    #6206 11 days ago
    Quoted from eb94114:

    Weird request: Anyone local have a lockbar that I can borrow for a few weeks or a month? I need to send the scratched lockbar from my Wonka LE to Robert Stone to try to figure out the powder coating, so while it's gone I just need a lockbar to hold the glass in place on the game. It doesn't have to be pretty, just functional. I'll return it once I get mine back from him, which I imagine might be a month or so. If you do, please send me a PM. Thanks so much.

    would a lockbar that was on a firepower work?

    #6207 11 days ago
    Quoted from pinostalgia:

    would a lockbar that was on a firepower work?

    Not sure. It's a standard size game, so if Firepower is a standard game (22 5/16" lockbar size) that could work. I can send you a PM. Thanks.

    #6208 11 days ago

    If a WPC era standard Williams will fit, I can dig one up for you.

    #6209 11 days ago
    Quoted from eb94114:

    Not sure. It's a standard size game, so if Firepower is a standard game (22 5/16" lockbar size) that could work. I can send you a PM. Thanks.

    i just texted you a picture,the size is indeed 22 5/16".

    #6210 10 days ago

    Just a friendly fyi:

    The batman 66 in the cl ad below is NOT HUO. It was on route at coinop in SF.

    sfbay.craigslist.org link

    #6211 10 days ago
    Quoted from dsuperbee:

    Just a friendly fyi:
    The batman 66 in the cl ad below is NOT HUO. It was on route at coinop in SF.
    sfbay.craigslist.org link

    So begs the question, who is selling it?

    #6212 10 days ago
    Quoted from Dr-Willy:

    So begs the question, who is selling it?

    Never mind answered my own question, Jason Nervo up to his old tricks again.

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    #6213 10 days ago

    Pro Tip:

    Don't get Gorfed!

    #6214 10 days ago
    Quoted from Dr-Willy:

    Never mind answered my own question, Jason Nervo up to his old tricks again.
    [quoted image]

    In case someone is thinking of taking him at his word:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bad-seller-alert-gorf

    #6215 10 days ago

    I never understood why he always lists his location in Napa...

    #6216 10 days ago

    He probably knows that if anyone sees Dixon they will know it’s him and steer clear.
    I think the $3800 Johnny mnemonic might be his as well.

    #6217 10 days ago
    Quoted from mrgone:

    if anyone sees Dixon

    or purple walls and padded floor

    #6218 10 days ago
    Quoted from bicyclenut:

    or purple walls and padded floor

    "he was on the case"... yep, dead give away

    #6219 10 days ago
    Quoted from Jvspin:

    If a WPC era standard Williams will fit, I can dig one up for you.

    Thanks, jvspin. I might have located one but will reach out if these fall through. Thanks again.

    #6220 10 days ago
    Quoted from krazy53:

    I never understood why he always lists his location in Napa...

    You and me both

    #6221 9 days ago

    Looking for advise on if owning a pinball arcade would actually pay the rent or even long term break even? I have a commercial building that I'm thinking of using as a warehouse for people to play pinball. I know there is a lot of factors, but really enjoy pinball and just recently got into it. I was thinking of starting off with 20 - 30 1990's+ pins, but am curious do people actually come out to play? Also, I know I really can't do anything until there is a cure for COVID...

    #6222 9 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    pinball arcade would actually pay the rent or even long term break even?

    Not likely a good investment unless you can serve food and alcohol in your location. Would love to see it happen though since I visit San Jose often.

    #6223 9 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Looking for advise on if owning a pinball arcade would actually pay the rent or even long term break even? .....but am curious do people actually come out to play?

    I can't speak to whether or not there is money to be made, there are a couple of food and bar arcades in the San Jose area, but my pinball buddies and I never go because none of us want to pay $1 a game when we can take a short drive to Alameda and play all day for $20. I may shove a buck or two into a routed game while I wait to pick up my pizza, but I am not interested in going to a location and spending $1 per game for several hours. If there was some type of a flat fee per hour or something of the sort, I would love to stay local and keep the money in the local community.

    #6224 9 days ago

    Yeah, plenty of people go to arcades still. Start a league night and submit the scores to IFPA. You won't get rich by any means, but they can turn a profit. I recommend hitting up some arcades in the area and talk to the owners. I live in the East Bay, so my preferred spots are Phoenix Games and The Flipper Room. I used to be in the East Bay Pinball League(still am, but it is on ice for now).
    Really, you should think about things like maintenance and upkeep in addition to the space and the pins. A machine at home is likely undergoing a lot less abuse than the same machine in an arcade. If you have a bunch of pins, there will be broken shit all the time. Be prepared for that.

    Of course, this is all pre-COVID recommendations. Everything hinges on stomping that shit out now. Now is a tough time for arcades, but it will get better(and if it doesn't, you'll have bigger problems than the coin you dropped on some games, eh?).
    Anyway, good luck, whatever your decision.

    #6225 9 days ago
    Quoted from acitti:

    Not likely a good investment unless you can serve food and alcohol in your location. Would love to see it happen though since I visit San Jose often.

    acitti I didn't know you were a frequent visitor to the Bay,I missed out on that diamond lady big time

    #6226 9 days ago
    Quoted from pinostalgia:

    I missed out on that diamond lady big time

    Ya it was a nice one. Yep I have a bunch of family in the bay area so I am usually up there once a month or so. Has been less this year due to covid but hopefully we will be back to "normal" soon . . . or normal-ish anyway.

    #6227 9 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    I have a commercial building that I'm thinking of using as a warehouse for people to play pinball.

    I think the biggest reason it'd be difficult to make a profit running a pinball arcade (without alcohol) in the area is rent. Are you saying you already have a space that isn't being used? because if you have the extra space already at close to $0 incremental cost I definitely think you could run in the black operating 20+ pins in the San Jose area. I'd be there.

    Not sure if it's more profitable to charge per game or an entrance fee and have everything on free play, but would sure be easy to try a few "free play for $X" nights and compare to see which brings in more

    #6228 8 days ago

    I’m looking for bayareapinster. Bayareapinster please pick up the white courtesy phone. You have a customer for one of your ads.

    #6229 8 days ago
    Quoted from MrSanRamon:

    Looking for a Williams Big Guns.
    Robert

    I saw one on CL less than a month ago, relisted a couple of times. Not sure if it sold or the got tired of trying. IIRC it was around a 2 hour drive from San Ramon.

    #6230 8 days ago
    Quoted from InsideOutlane:

    I saw one on CL less than a month ago, relisted a couple of times. Not sure if it sold or the got tired of trying. IIRC it was around a 2 hour drive from San Ramon.

    Thanks, I found one in the North Bay.

    Robert

    #6231 8 days ago

    How often do "clunker" 90's era Williams/Bally machines come up for sale? Looking for one to restore, primarily one of the more sought after machines. It feels like they have almost all been restored by now.

    #6232 8 days ago
    Quoted from Flipper_McGavin:

    How often do "clunker" 90's era Williams/Bally machines come up for sale? Looking for one to restore, primarily one of the more sought after machines. It feels like they have almost all been restored by now.

    I pulled a clunker whirlwind out of someone's garage a couple months back, and a clunker Sega earlier this year. They're still out there. Perhaps getting harder to find.

    #6233 8 days ago
    Quoted from MrSanRamon:

    Thanks, I found one in the North Bay.
    Robert

    Great! I'm glad it worked out.

    #6234 7 days ago
    Quoted from Flipper_McGavin:

    How often do "clunker" 90's era Williams/Bally machines come up for sale? Looking for one to restore, primarily one of the more sought after machines. It feels like they have almost all been restored by now.

    I have a clunker attack from mars in my garage. but I am pulling it out for a friend(I bought afmr le). Last thing done to it was putting in bill ung’s kit into it. But that clunker is worth quite a bit.

    I might consider selling my tommy pin too.

    A friend of mine is Going to be selling a black knight soon.

    #6235 7 days ago
    Quoted from Flipper_McGavin:

    How often do "clunker" 90's era Williams/Bally machines come up for sale? Looking for one to restore, primarily one of the more sought after machines. It feels like they have almost all been restored by now.

    i see them fairly regularly, but then I go for rebuilding beat up pins. I've got a Flintstones that I'm cleaning up right now, and a Scared Stiff and BSD coming in next month. I bought and sold a pair of Judge Dredd machines a couple of years back. Just gotta keep your eyes peeled. Or hit me up when I'm done playing with one of mine

    #6237 5 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Looking for advise on if owning a pinball arcade would actually pay the rent or even long term break even? I have a commercial building that I'm thinking of using as a warehouse for people to play pinball. I know there is a lot of factors, but really enjoy pinball and just recently got into it. I was thinking of starting off with 20 - 30 1990's+ pins, but am curious do people actually come out to play? Also, I know I really can't do anything until there is a cure for COVID...

    Thank you for those who replied.

    #6238 5 days ago

    Does anyone know of a person who fixes or restores old EM games? I have an EM shooting gun game that needs fixing.

    #6239 5 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Does anyone know of a person who fixes or restores old EM games? I have an EM shooting gun game that needs fixing.

    Maybe shoot izzy a pm?

    #6240 5 days ago

    Not working on those at this time. Thx for the referral. Swamped with pin projects.

    #6241 5 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Does anyone know of a person who fixes or restores old EM games? I have an EM shooting gun game that needs fixing.

    Quoted from pinheadpierre:

    Maybe shoot izzy a pm?

    Quoted from izzy:

    Not working on those at this time. Thx for the referral. Swamped with pin projects.

    there's an em tech in el cerrito i think, his ad is on craigslist from time to time.

    #6242 5 days ago
    Quoted from ThatOneDude:

    I see them fairly regularly, but then I go for rebuilding beat up pins. I've got a Flintstones that I'm cleaning up right now, and a Scared Stiff and BSD coming in next month. I bought and sold a pair of Judge Dredd machines a couple of years back. Just gotta keep your eyes peeled. Or hit me up when I'm done playing with one of mine

    Not that I mind the PMs, but just for information since several people asked. SS is my grail pin, and it will be bolted to the floor when it arrives. BSD will probably float around for a bit before I decide whether to sell it or not.

    #6243 5 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Does anyone know of a person who fixes or restores old EM games? I have an EM shooting gun game that needs fixing.

    Izzy is great, but he also pointed out here and other threads that he is busy! Go Izzy!

    Andrew Harris is the EM guy in Richmond and does great work. You need to bring the machine to him to have him work on it, however.

    sfbay.craigslist.org link

    #6244 5 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Does anyone know of a person who fixes or restores old EM games? I have an EM shooting gun game that needs fixing.

    I think Pinball Pirate/Chris Kuntz can fix those too: https://www.pinballpirate.com/

    #6245 4 days ago

    Looking to sell some projects...both have been folded up for too long so thought maybe someone else may want them.

    Gold Wings, $700 - Overall good condition. Was mostly working with last remaining issue being the trough kickout was blowing a fuse. Comes with a new repro ramp and air siren, and I think some other misc. parts. No topper.

    TWO Stellar Wars, $900 for BOTH, sold as a pair - First game I had setup and playing and mostly working fine except the drop targets needed cleaning. I then stole a pop bumper yoke off it to repair another game. Second game I got folded up and haven't really looked at it. Both backglasses are just ok with some cracking.

    Games are located in Folsom, all currently folded up in my garage. PM me if any interest.

    #6246 3 days ago
    Quoted from genex:

    I think Pinball Pirate/Chris Kuntz can fix those too: https://www.pinballpirate.com/

    Ya I've had Chris fix an old EM machine for me in the past, but looking for other options that are closer to San Jose. I know he travels, but I think its $175 just to come to my house.

    #6247 3 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Ya I've had Chris fix an old EM machine for me in the past, but looking for other options that are closer to San Jose. I know he travels, but I think its $175 just to come to my house.

    and always worth every penny.

    #6248 3 days ago

    i find i just have to wait until i have 2 or 3 things for him to fix

    #6249 3 days ago
    Quoted from silverbearss:

    Ya I've had Chris fix an old EM machine for me in the past, but looking for other options that are closer to San Jose. I know he travels, but I think its $175 just to come to my house.

    That generally includes the first hour the way I understand it, right?

    #6250 2 days ago
    Quoted from rolandthoms:

    and always worth every penny.

    Yes he is definitely worth every penny. It's nice to have other options in case he ever retires, not that he will.

    Quoted from pinostalgia:

    That generally includes the first hour the way I understand it, right?

    Not sure as he did some work for me a few years back, but he is a great guy. He even showed me how to service my EM game. He said next time you won't need me, lol.

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