I'm 49 and have always liked/ played pinball. As I grew up I began fixing things. Now I fix clocks, watches, etc. as a hobby. I started reading about fixing and restoring machines 20 years ago. But I am not good with wood, I am pretty good at mechanics. I stayed away from buying a machine simply because I didn't want an unsightly machine in my house. (Like I said, I can't fix wood stuff/ cabinets.)
So for my 50th birthday coming up I decided to buy an old machine and give it a shot anyway. I settled on Gorgar. Someone was selling one near-enough to me for $2500. I had spoken to him and we set up a day to go and get it. Then he ghosted me four days before I was to pick it up. Eventually he responded and said he sold it to someone else. That was pretty sleazy in my opinion, but what can I do?
So I said to myself, you're gonna be 50 soon, buy what you want. So I ordered a NIB Godzilla Premium. I don't mind waiting. I'll get it when I get it. I've played it many times and I like it a lot.
I take my four kids regularly to play pinball at Rock Fantasy in Middletown, NY. He has lots of machines and my kids enjoy it.
I am proud that my kids will grow up with a machine in their house. Glad I can do my part to keep it going.