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Pinball Madness at Museum of Pinball, Banning, CA 10/19-10/21


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    #1 7 months ago

    It's about that time of year again...

    Who is going to go?

    http://www.museumofpinball.org/events/pinball-madness-oct-19-21-2018/

    #2 7 months ago

    I'm planning on going.

    I received a list of their pinball machines from Chuck Casey which I'm converting into an Excel spreadsheet (it is just plain text) so I can organize what I want to play. I'll share that when I'm done.

    Have to get my car in shape for the drive from Colorado. And pick routes, that's half the fun!

    Guess they aren't open day-to-day, just for special events. Shame.

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    #3 6 months ago

    I asked people in the know about how this place operates without having regular hours. I was told that it is rich guys who want a place to store their pinball machines. Fair enough. I guess in addition to the two annual events they also host private parties.

    Here is my summary of the event:

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    #4 6 months ago
    Quoted from mcbPalisade:

    . I was told that it is rich guys who want a place to store their pinball machines. Fair enough.

    Not true at all.
    This is a private collection 30 years in the making.
    Yes, only have two large events a year.
    Yes, can be rented for private parties.
    They also hold a few Charity events throughout the year.
    It takes a village. We have Several amazing people that organize our tech days and growth. There is roughly 70 volunteers to help with maintenance and we have monthly tech days to keep everything in shape.
    The place is a Sight to see and hard to believe its all under one roof.
    Ill be there all 3 days with my red "Tech" shirt on. Come say Hi, love to meet you.

    #5 6 months ago

    Eric, thanks for sharing this - I sit corrected.

    This is a much better story anyway. The guy I was talking to goes to all the trade shows, expos & festivals but maybe he has never been to Banning. I notice that lots of people who are passionate about pinball haven't been there.

    Can't wait to go and see it all in person. As I mentioned I'm working up an Excel spreadsheet with lots of good info. Almost done.

    #6 6 months ago

    I may get down there for at least one day this year. It’s a great show to tech at.

    #7 6 months ago

    I'll be there. Wondering if they might have some Jersey Jack machines. I'm thinking my next machine will definitely be a JJP machine and would love to get some time on some of them.

    #8 6 months ago
    Quoted from mcbPalisade:Eric, thanks for sharing this - I sit corrected.
    This is a much better story anyway. The guy I was talking to goes to all the trade shows, expos & festivals but maybe he has never been to Banning. I notice that lots of people who are passionate about pinball haven't been there.
    Can't wait to go and see it all in person. As I mentioned I'm working up an Excel spreadsheet with lots of good info. Almost done.

    You will not be disappointed.

    Yes its only open basically twice a year, but those events seem to roll around pretty quickly. And once you get there, you can play pinball until you puke. And then there are videogames on top of that if you want that as well.

    Its a great chance to try all the machines you have heard about and see if you really like them when you play them. That's what I am starting to do now. I play a machine and I make notes in my phone. For example, CFTBL, it looks so awesome and lots seem to love it. But my notes say "too rampy". After playing it a few times, not sure I like it so much to get one now, but I'll try again. My one wish is that they would have an EATPM. That's one I really think I would like, but I've never had a chance to play it. They do have Scared Stiff, but I'm not sure I enjoyed that one, didn't like the constant callouts. I apologize in advance if I insulted anyone's favorites

    #9 6 months ago

    Yes we still don't have an Elvira / Party Monsters but we have other new machines to reveal, including another rare Bally game from that era. I will leave all that to Chuck Casey to announce....

    #10 6 months ago
    Quoted from Ferd:

    Yes we still don't have an Elvira / Party Monsters but we have other new machines to reveal, including another rare Bally game from that era. I will leave all that to Chuck Casey to announce....

    Great! The collection is awesome and everything plays great. My #1 favorite for now is the Firepower. Also Xenon, Fathom, T2, Eight Ball Deluxe. The T2 is always the hardest one to get onto it seems. Also great are Metallica, Tron, Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and I particularly liked playing Medieval Madness.

    Time to start getting psyched for this next one!

    #11 6 months ago

    How are the pins organized in the building? Anything to it or just "random"

    Thanks

    #12 6 months ago
    Quoted from mcbPalisade:

    How are the pins organized in the building? Anything to it or just "random"
    Thanks

    There are 2 "Wings" buildings. One side is arcade's and vintage coin op, ( I love the old helicopter in a box games).
    Very organized all pins in rows. There is a modern newer Stern row with most every title , most likely even have a Deadpool now. Many of these Sterns are Premium, few LE.
    Data East row, older stern, Sega, Bally Williams rows down center, then System 11 rows. The list is endless. Many surprises and wow, Thats Here!
    There is also close to 300 em's in back area.
    Worth the trip!

    #13 6 months ago

    Spreadsheet done! I'll try to figure out if I can post it directly in a bit.

    Here is a partial list, sorted from newest to older:

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    #14 6 months ago

    From rarest to less rare:

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    #15 6 months ago

    From most built to less:

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    #17 6 months ago

    The museum of pinball is not to be missed. I will definitely be going to Madness.

    Spoiler alert many more pins added since expo 3.0

    #18 6 months ago
    Quoted from Crans:

    Spoiler alert many more pins added since expo 3.0

    Thanks for posting this video. As they say 10,000 pictures are worth 1,000 words ( - : got through about half of it.

    I noticed some disparities between my list and what I saw. This struck home how hard it must be to keep the list accurate. And you aren't forced to take inventory like a store is so it becomes a harder job.

    Is there a list of the video games? Thanks

    #19 6 months ago

    Chuck kindly supplied a list of the video games. "Battlezone" is there (5 copies) so I'm good!

    Should I bring my variac for Houdini ? Half joking

    #20 6 months ago

    Do they sell beer/drinks at this event?

    I'm not planning on drinking there but parties like this normally include libations.

    Thanks

    #21 6 months ago
    Quoted from mcbPalisade:

    Do they sell beer/drinks at this event?
    I'm not planning on drinking there but parties like this normally include libations.
    Thanks

    Yes (and food)

    #22 6 months ago

    Pics from this morning...lots of cool new games...aliens, thunderbirds, acnc, dple

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    #23 6 months ago

    So stoked for this weekend!

    #24 6 months ago

    Will Marco have a booth this event?

    #25 6 months ago

    Doubt it, won't they be at Expo in IL?

    Will miss Antoinette Johnson's kinky doo...

    #26 6 months ago

    Why do they call it Pinball Madness? It should be called Pinball Heaven. That where I want to go permanently when I die

    #27 6 months ago

    available for play this coming weekend at the museum of pinball; ACNC, alien, houdini, and thunderbirds. preliminary indications are that they are what some of us thought they were.

    #28 6 months ago

    Awesome place that keeps getting better!

    #29 6 months ago
    Quoted from Wildbill327:

    Will Marco have a booth this event?

    I don't know if there are booths at this event or not. I would doubt it because this isn't a trade show.

    If it were, I would probably have a booth as I have 3 other times this year.

    Anyone have any clarification on this? I've never been to one of these events. Thanks

    #30 6 months ago

    Leave in the AM! Extended driving trip to include LV, Laughlin & Lake Havesu.

    Since I'm in the witness protection program I can't post a real picture of myself but this one shows my stunt double.

    Please introduce yourself and, since I'm a rich benheck pinhead, I'll buy you a beer!

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    #31 6 months ago

    I have a couple of boards I can bring with me if anyone is interested in buying them. I will be tech'ing at the show Friday and Saturday until about 2pm.

    1. Working System 11 display for Whirlwind or Earthshaker. This is the complete display board with the tubes. All the tubes are nice and bright. $120

    2. Working system 11 D-11581 sound board, partially populated version that works in the following games:
    Fire!
    Bad Cats
    Banzai Run
    Big Guns
    Black Knight 2000
    Earthshaker
    Mousin' Around
    Police Force
    Space Station
    Swords of Furry
    Taxi
    $120

    #32 6 months ago

    Anyone know or hear what machines are going to be in the tournament this year? I was happy to see that they are finally giving the players a little warm up time vs. year's past when you had no clue how the machine was going to play. I know it's equal footing for everyone that way, but it does make it a lot harder not knowing at least a little bit how the game is playing.

    #33 6 months ago
    Quoted from mcbPalisade:

    On Google Drive, anyone with this link should be able to view & maybe download
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VijLoFxDwNXYPzFJWDSbOf-dsaYYltZd5BE2eYhfQvM/edit?usp=sharing

    Thanx for that. I had thought there were something like 800 different pins (?), but this list shows 537.
    At the last event, there were a room of them -- possibly including some Zacarias they were having problems being able to service -- that were slated to be auctioned off. No idea what became of those, and whether this amounts to some that should now be crossed off your list ?

    #34 6 months ago
    Quoted from xsvtoys:

    You will not be disappointed.
    Yes its only open basically twice a year, but those events seem to roll around pretty quickly. And once you get there, you can play pinball until you puke. And then there are videogames on top of that if you want that as well.
    Its a great chance to try all the machines you have heard about and see if you really like them when you play them. That's what I am starting to do now. I play a machine and I make notes in my phone. For example, CFTBL, it looks so awesome and lots seem to love it. But my notes say "too rampy". After playing it a few times, not sure I like it so much to get one now, but I'll try again. My one wish is that they would have an EATPM. That's one I really think I would like, but I've never had a chance to play it.

    Actually, I think it is up to 3 "general public" events per year now: this one, "Pinball Madness" (because it is a Halloween themed event, also the newest addition to their annual calendar; the whatever-it's-called "Festival" that they started tacking on to the big INDISC tournament in January; and the Arcade Expo edition #__.0. From what I'd heard some time ago, the limited # of public events they hold was due to a particular deal with the electric utility, and some sort of zoning / licensing legal restriction affecting the # of entertainment machines you can have in operation in one place at one time (?) But I had thought that 501c organization &/or museum status could get you an exemption from the latter ?

    Anyway, you stated a very good idea that has great value for any time we visit a place that has a rather sizable collection: taking notes. I'm old-school and lower-tech, so I lean towards one of those mini-notebooks that fit into a shirt pocket, rather than using my phone. This has at least three good and important applications: 1) I try to keep notes on unfamiliar or less familiar pins I've played, with specific details as to what I liked or disliked and why. (This can change over time.) It can have substantial bearing on what pin I might wish to acquire, down the line. 2) I like to keep track of high scores I've had on a large # of games. This could be relevant reference for some future tournament situation, when looking for inspiration or encouragement. 3) To be able to leave malfunction notes for the techs, when you discover something that is not working. This can benefit ALL the visitors. Specific, such as "ball is not being detected in the kickout hole". This is not something that can always be taken for granted, but good techs and good site admin (as you will find @ Banning, in my experience) will welcome this help. Your phone will not be of much use for this. Have that little notebook . . . although a stack of post-It Notes would work also for this last part. [I think this paragraph could be a Sticky candidate. File it under "Essential Travel Gear."]

    #35 6 months ago

    Is Pinball Madness located at the same address as the Haunted Maze? Its the only address I see on their website.

    I found it.

    #36 6 months ago
    Quoted from Tyamry:

    Is Pinball Madness located at the same address as the Haunted Maze? Its the only address I see on their website.
    I found it.

    Yes...and Yes. Just punch Museum of Pinball in banning, it pops right up.

    #37 6 months ago

    Is there generally lines for popular machines? Is there an etiquette of how many games you can play before passing to the next pinhead?

    #38 6 months ago

    Also, is there stepping stools for kids? My brother is introducing his kid to pinball that weekend

    #39 6 months ago
    Quoted from wolfemaaan:

    Is there generally lines for popular machines? Is there an etiquette of how many games you can play before passing to the next pinhead?

    With 800 games, not a lot of waiting. Maybe only line will be Aliens.

    Quoted from wolfemaaan:

    Also, is there stepping stools for kids? My brother is introducing his kid to pinball that weekend

    Yes, we have maybe 40 of those stools around.

    #40 6 months ago
    Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

    With 800 games, not a lot of waiting. Maybe only line will be Aliens.

    Yes, we have maybe 40 of those stools around.

    Thanks for the info!

    #41 6 months ago

    I'll be there too. Thanks everyone for all the info. Excited!

    #42 6 months ago

    COME ONE , COME ALL!
    Today's the Big Day and the museum is packed with new games, old games, Ems and video and classic games.
    Tons of fun to be had and funhouse to Boot. See you all there!

    #43 6 months ago

    It's wide open, play all the pinball you want. My forearms are already bulging like Popeye.

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    #44 6 months ago

    Short wait for all these

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    #45 6 months ago

    I spy a Pinsider
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    #46 6 months ago

    Hundreds and hundreds just waiting to be played

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    #47 6 months ago

    Excited to be there all day tomorrow 1pm to close. I'm trying for noon but I'm not driving Veronika is, I can't rush her.

    Please say hello.

    #48 6 months ago

    Hell yeah!! Glad to see the pins are configured like they were earlier this year.... is the Arcade section also open in the other room??

    That was pretty empty when the photo was taken.. was that right when they opened today?? I imagine tomorrow and Sunday a Larger crowed will come.... like myself!

    #49 6 months ago
    Quoted from zermeno68:

    Hell yeah!! Glad to see the pins are configured like they were earlier this year.... is the Arcade section also open in the other room??
    That was pretty empty when the photo was taken.. was that right when they opened today?? I imagine tomorrow and Sunday a Larger crowed will come.... like myself!

    Those pics were after it had been open a few hours. It never got much more crowded than that. That’s the first time I made it there on Friday, definitely the best time to go if you just wanna play as much pinball as possible. I got my fill of some of the ones that usually get crowded: Firepower, Fathom, Tron, Xenon, T2, TZ, Addams Family, Medieval Madness, etc. No problem to play GOTG, Batman, Aerosmith, Star Wars, Ghostbusters etc. The only ones that had a line of several people were Alien, Houdini, and Thunderbirds.

    Arcade room was open also, and no problem playing anything you want. Couldn’t have been more than a few dozen people in there, mostly playing around on the newer stuff. Did some Millipede, Space Invaders, Pole Position, Galaxian, Zaxxon, Track and Field, Missile Command, Asteroids and others, all no waiting. Pengo was down I love Pengo.

    It’s an unbelievably awesome place. It’s hard for me to fathom that it even exists.

    #50 6 months ago

    This beast in the house

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