What is the best way to be trained in Repair?
Like learning the basics of pinball? What kind of repair? EMs? Solid states? DMDs?
I dove in, and used resources available on the forums and online and friends. Other pinsiders are awesome when it comes to tech related problems that you need help with. If you're generally a handy person, you should be ok without having to take classes.
What's your location? Finding a fellow enthusiast will probably be your best resource.
Read the various available online resources (such as pinrepair and pinwiki, plus a number of other game/platform/problem-specific sites), read through the tech sub-forums, read through the links in the pinside compendium thread (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guides-a-pinside-compendium-updated-72015), and nothing beats practical experience like fixing up your own games.
Unfortunately, the days for pinball repair schools and seminars/classes are long gone, so you're going to have to learn on your own for the most part.
I have found a lot of great information on youtube for learning the basics of EM pinball. This is a great watch for understand the components/basics.
Pinball 101 - how to make a pinball repairer even more of a misanthrope.
Hover over the person doing the repair for you and bombard them with questions the entire time.
They love it.
The pinballninja.com site is great for learning. Each of the videos show you the problem, then how to diagnose and fix the issue. It hasn't been updated for awhile, but totally worth the $20 or whatever he charges for access to the site.
Pinsider TerryB has a great website full of repair information. I can't remember the URL off the top of my head.
Randy Fromm is still around. His course has shifted over the years to be more focused on video games and casino games, but his early books have a lot of good pinball troubleshooting info.
Move to Michigan (or maybe you're already there) and start volunteering at clays place (vfw). Learn from the best
I was literally thrown in a room with a few manuals and 20 broken pins. The big clue is, like anything else, practice, practice, practice. Start with something easy, like Early Bally Solid State pins. Start with very simple stuff, like changing all the lightbulbs, or replacing all the rubbers. From there, you can move on to something a little more complicated, like rebuilding the flippers, or changing a pop bumper skirt. Get more than one machine, so you get an idea of what stays the same between different machines of the same brand and era. Once you have those down solid, most of what you will learn will carry over to other pinball machines. Every brand and era is different, but they also have a lot of similarities.
You will make mistakes. You will blow fuses. You will probably set something on fire. It's cool. It's part of learning.
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