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Pinball Hall of Fame (Finally got to check it out but kind of disappointed)


By jeffgoldstein2

7 years ago



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    #101 2 years ago

    i wonder if Tim would let us run a Pinside meet at the location? And allow us to help him fix the machines that are broken? Do it once a year with a tourney thrown in... done this before for a few other hobbies I've been involved in - who's in?

    Neil.

    #102 2 years ago

    If there are quarters in the machines, he will open it ,remove the coins, then maybe let you fix it. He trusts nobody with money. Thinks everybody is out to get him.

    #103 2 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Thinks everybody is out to get him.

    Can't blame him if he reads any Pinside thread about the PHOF.

    #104 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    i wonder if Tim would let us run a Pinside meet at the location? And allow us to help him fix the machines that are broken? Do it once a year with a tourney thrown in... done this before for a few other hobbies I've been involved in - who's in?
    Neil.

    What would be a GREAT idea is a smaller pinball Show at the PHOF (under a tent in his side parking lot). I don't know if that is something that would work with zoning (or with Tim) but fenced in tent with $15 admission fee ($10 going to Tim for his charities and $5 to offset cost of tent and running the show) with machines people bring on freeplay outside and then people could play outside or walk inside and drop a few quarters in machines inside also. Same as any other show - bring a machine and get in for free. Then also do vendor spaces & flea market outside under tent (or under a second tent renting spaces for that also).

    Anything to help Tim raise money as well as have pinball machines to play is a great idea. But Tim is a really hard guy to talk into doing anything different than what he has been doing. So if he was to let a show happen in his parking lot I am sure it would take someone other than Tim running that show.

    Just a thought!

    One other idea - I think I had seen somewhere Tim also has building next door now - maybe show could be in new building before he moves his machines in and then if he is moving out of the old building have a second show once old building is empty - before he sells it or does what ever with it.

    In any event I am 2500 miles away so I doubt I would be able to make the show but I know for sure I would try.

    #105 2 years ago
    Quoted from too-many-pins:

    What would be a GREAT idea is a smaller pinball Show at the PHOF (under a tent in his side parking lot). I don't know if that is something that would work with zoning (or with Tim) but fenced in tent with $15 admission fee ($10 going to Tim for his charities and $5 to offset cost of tent and running the show) with machines people bring on freeplay outside and then people could play outside or walk inside and drop a few quarters in machines inside also. Same as any other show - bring a machine and get in for free. Then also do vendor spaces & flea market outside under tent (or under a second tent renting spaces for that also).
    Anything to help Tim raise money as well as have pinball machines to play is a great idea. But Tim is a really hard guy to talk into doing anything different than what he has been doing. So if he was to let a show happen in his parking lot I am sure it would take someone other than Tim running that show.
    Just a thought!
    One other idea - I think I had seen somewhere Tim also has building next door now - maybe show could be in new building before he moves his machines in and then if he is moving out of the old building have a second show once old building is empty - before he sells it or does what ever with it.
    In any event I am 2500 miles away so I doubt I would be able to make the show but I know for sure I would try.

    Tim would love the idea of free play pins next to the PHoF. Even with a ten buck donation per head. The tent idea would only work for a couple of months a year due to the desert climate. Actually, it wouldn't work at all due to Tim.

    As for the new building next door, it looked invisible when I was there a couple of months ago.

    #106 2 years ago

    Anyone get a chance to see Tims video post on FB the other day? Kinda cool learning a little history about the machines..

    https://www.facebook.com/pinballhalloffame/videos/vb.409118967585/10155387710812586/?type=2&theater

    #107 2 years ago
    Quoted from mystic-:

    Anyone get a chance to see Tims video post on FB the other day? Kinda cool learning a little history about the machines..
    https://www.facebook.com/pinballhalloffame/videos/vb.409118967585/10155387710812586/?type=2&theater

    "One thing I like about Subway that makes it more fun than Crosstown.....It's a total slut, for letting you win lots and lots of free balls"

    #108 2 years ago

    How come Pinball Hall of Fame is never crowded as it should be? That's my question.

    #109 2 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    If there are quarters in the machines, he will open it ,remove the coins, then maybe let you fix it. He trusts nobody with money. Thinks everybody is out to get him.

    I doubt he would trust strangers to fix his games. Tim is of the mind that he is the last living person on earth who can fix pinball machines.

    #110 2 years ago

    Doesn't he still run repair camps? From what I read previously he'll let people work on them, but he expects you to work. It's not like most volunteer gigs, where you can put in a half day then actually do some tourist stuff. He wants you to commit to working 8-10 hours a day for a few days minimum and in exchange he'll let you stay in a trailer out back, that type of thing.

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    #111 2 years ago
    Quoted from merccat:

    Theres more than enough pin noise for ambience... I personally prefer that over loud music.

    What do you guys prefer? Same old bells, digital noises, & music from pinball machines or music being played through speakers from your ipod or smartphone? I prefer music being played from speakers through my ipod or smartphone.

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    #112 2 years ago

    What I really like is getting to a pinball place early, when it's nice and quiet, so it's just me and whatever pin I'm playing so I get to hear it nice and loud. If there's a ton of activity, I prefer putting headphones on. Listening to doo-wop and playing pinball is a guaranteed good time for me.

    #113 2 years ago
    Quoted from ichigokurosaki91:

    What do you guys prefer? Same old bells, digital noises, & music from pinball machines or music being played through speakers from your ipod or smartphone? I prefer music being played from speakers through my ipod or smartphone.

    I say to each his own.... If someone wants to listen to their own music we have these fancy new speakers which fit in or on ones ears permitting those who perfer the pinball sound to listen to that instead.

    #114 2 years ago

    I'll be in town tomorrow. Hoping to stop by once or teice while I'm there. Looking forward to putting in some quality time in the EM rows.

    #115 2 years ago
    Quoted from Captive_Ball:

    I'll be in town tomorrow. Hoping to stop by once or teice while I'm there. Looking forward to putting in some quality time in the EM rows.

    Awesome! I am jealous already! I think the thing I like best about the PBHOF is that it is all about PLAYING pinball! Go there, drop a bunch of quarters and play some pinball.

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    #116 2 years ago

    Likely headed over later today....anyone want to play some two player games on EMs, let me know

    #117 2 years ago

    Made it over on Wednesday...was a lot of fun. Luckily able to get a 3-ball multiball on Star Jet the first game.
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    Old Chicago was pretty brutal...took a handful of games to get a respectable score
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    And had a lot of fun playing Jumping Jack
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    Was a great time...so glad I was able to spend time with the EMs on this trip

    #118 2 years ago
    Quoted from ExtremePinball:

    All MGM owned properties charge for parking now.... that includes Luxor & Mandalay Bay.

    Wow! I guess I haven't been to the strip in a while. Valet parking was always free at every major hotel.

    #119 2 years ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    Wow! I guess I haven't been to the strip in a while. Valet parking was always free at every major hotel.

    Those poor casinos are barely getting by...

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    #120 2 years ago
    Quoted from ichigokurosaki91:

    What do you guys prefer? Same old bells, digital noises, & music from pinball machines or music being played through speakers from your ipod or smartphone? I prefer music being played from speakers through my ipod or smartphone.

    You can play and listen to your terrible music anywhere. At the Pinball Hall of Fame, respect the location and let the pinball machines make all the noise. The Pinball Hall of Fame, or any public arcade for that matter, is not the right venue to blast out your SUPER HOT JAMZ.

    #121 2 years ago

    I wish TIM would use some of the money he donates to Salvation army instead to hire a mechanic to fix machines . Its a shame so many nice machines there and MANY down.. makes no sense He needs more help there

    #122 2 years ago
    Quoted from mikepin:

    I wish TIM would use some of the money he donates to Salvation army instead to hire a mechanic to fix machines . Its a shame so many nice machines there and MANY down.. makes no sense He needs more help there

    Seriously. Last time I was there more than one pin was missing a shooter tip of all things.

    #123 2 years ago

    Overall I had a great time. I visited on Wednesday and Friday last week, both in the early afternoon. It was pretty busy on Wednesday and extremely busy on Friday (I guess people were going there to get away from Black Friday shenanigans). I was playing mainly EMs while I was there....nothing negative to report there.

    On Friday I was there with the wife...she wanted to play a few of the modern machines, so we played a few games on AFM. The second game we played...I happened to get a ball stuck on a broken plastic under the main saucer. I attempted to shake it loose a few times before looking for assistance. I flagged down a volunteer and he followed me over to the game. He then tried to shake the machine and after failing to get the ball free....he went on the look out for Beth. Beth returned...and after shaking the machine again....and then lifting the game up from the front about 3 inches and putting it down to no avail...she got the keys out and removed the glass and reached for the ball...and immediately placed between the flippers into the ball trough.

    Of course this would only happen on a good game. Not mad since I was able to finish the game....the alternative would have been to turn the machine off and get a refund. It had a ColorDMD and the 3_D translite.

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    So glad this place remains open for people to enjoy...there were a few EMs that were there previously that must have been cycled out for others...but other than that a lot of fun. On a side note...the 9-10 times I have visited the PHOF since they have moved into their current building, CV has never be operable....and this time it was placed over to the side out of a row where I had usually seen it sit. Maybe one day it will be back...to get my quarters. (I do own one, but love playing them in the wild too).
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    #124 2 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    If there are quarters in the machines, he will open it ,remove the coins, then maybe let you fix it. He trusts nobody with money. Thinks everybody is out to get him.

    I wouldn't let anyone know how much I was actually pulling in either. He's got to make cash hand over fist IMO.

    #125 2 years ago
    Quoted from Captive_Ball:

    Luckily able to get a 3-ball multiball on Star Jet the first game.

    What a game. Just remembered I found a donor bottom cabinet for mine and picking it up on Sunday, instant good feeling

    #126 2 years ago
    Quoted from Toasterdog:

    I wouldn't let anyone know how much I was actually pulling in either. He's got to make cash hand over fist IMO.

    Except in this case, it's public information from his annual filings, and has been posted in other threads.

    #127 2 years ago
    Quoted from Captive_Ball:

    .she got the keys out and removed the glass and reached for the ball...and immediately placed between the flippers into the ball trough.
    Of course this would only happen on a good game. Not mad since I was able to finish the game....the alternative would have been to turn the machine off and get a refund.

    Why not put the ball in the shooter lane?

    #128 2 years ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    Why not put the ball in the shooter lane?

    My thought, exactly. She did it so quick...I didn't have time to say anything.

    #129 2 years ago
    Quoted from Captive_Ball:

    I visited on Wednesday and Friday last week, both in the early afternoon. It was pretty busy on Wednesday and extremely busy on Friday

    I was there at the exact same time. That place was packed!

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    #130 2 years ago
    Quoted from ryanwanger:

    Except in this case, it's public information from his annual filings, and has been posted in other threads.

    Assuming you trust the numbers reported. I'm not saying he does anything wrong.. but if the comment is 'dont let anyone know..' because you are trying to obfuscate your true revenue.. the reported tax revenue isn't the counterpoint to that

    #131 2 years ago

    Wasn't it posted that their revenue (R) is around $750,000 annually? I think that sounds reasonable. If there were an average of 25 people playing (P = 25) at a time, spending $1 per 10 minutes ($ / Min.) that would amount to $711,750. Insert whatever number you want into the following formula.

    R = P x ($ / Min.) x 284,7000

    #132 2 years ago

    Well, the GB Pro is $1/play so add about $50,000 to that bottom end.

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    #133 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    i wonder if Tim would let us run a Pinside meet at the location? And allow us to help him fix the machines that are broken? Do it once a year with a tourney thrown in... done this before for a few other hobbies I've been involved in - who's in?
    Neil.

    I'm in. Keep me (us) posted. I'll be there this week (Wed-Fri). I wont bring it up to Tim unless I hear back.

    #134 2 years ago
    Quoted from ichigokurosaki91:

    How come Pinball Hall of Fame is never crowded as it should be? That's my question.

    Maybe it has something to do with people like the OP of this thread coming on Pinside and trashing the HOF discouraging others from visiting?

    #135 2 years ago
    Quoted from Gatecrasher:

    Maybe it has something to do with people like the OP of this thread coming on Pinside and trashing the HOF discouraging others from visiting?

    From my experience when I was there over Thanksgiving less than a month ago...that kind of statement didn't effect the place. It was alive an crowded

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    #136 2 years ago
    Quoted from Gatecrasher:

    Maybe it has something to do with people like the OP of this thread coming on Pinside and trashing the HOF discouraging others from visiting?

    Yeah, and the OP hasn't been back or no comments in 4 years, but was logged in today (and I'm imagining many, many days since he started this thread), well at least if he is as sick as the rest of us. Perhaps the title should be changed, or the thread drained altogether.

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    #137 2 years ago

    Nevermind...already started another for a more positive note. Anybody that wishes can stop on this and move over there.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-hall-of-fame-pics-info-stories#post-3504159

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