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So you bought a pinball machine. Has the addiction taken over? How m


By sevenrites

5 years ago



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    “So you bought a pinball machine. Has the addiction taken over? How many do you own now?”

    • I bought one, and am done. (for now, I think!) 14 votes
      6%
    • I bought one, now I own 5 or less. 91 votes
      37%
    • I thought 5 was my limit, but now it's 10. 56 votes
      23%
    • As long as I keep it under 20, it's not an obsession. 46 votes
      19%
    • Somewhere between 20 and 50. 35 votes
      14%
    • I'm definitely addicted, I own more than 50. 3 votes
      1%
    • I'm consumed by it for life, I own more than 100. 1 vote
    • I don't know what happened, but it's more than 200! 1 vote

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    #1 5 years ago

    I find it a bit humorous how quickly convincing myself I was going to try and own one pinball machine became an addiction to begin gathering and collecting as many as I can along with whatever knowledge and information I can learn about the hobby along the way. I know plenty of others have felt the obsession take ahold of them, so I just thought this would be a fun poll topic with silly answers as well as a distraction from some of the other less than fun posts regarding certain incidents that have been dominating the bandwidth here lately.

    #2 5 years ago

    Bought my first pin in january this year and now i have 9 and one on the way. Its funny how it grabs ahold of you and wont let go. Everywhere i go i find myself looking for machines. under carports in garages, backyards even in trash piles next to the road. Its ridiculous!!! But i love every second of it. The rush when you find one in the wild is like winning the lottery.

    #3 5 years ago

    No matter how many you have, or ultimately end up with, it all starts with the first one. Believe me.

    #4 5 years ago

    Yup, definitely addicted.
    I got close to that 100 mark but sold a few off. Now I'm down to about 70.
    Gotta love em.

    #5 5 years ago

    I have 24 and 3 more on the way.I really need HELP!!!

    #6 5 years ago

    The first one was so good that I HAD to get more!

    #7 5 years ago

    A year in now and still loving it...I got one then another few weeks later....only reason I don't have more is 3 boys and a wife...I'm constantly trying to shift funds from here to there to make room for the next....I'm starting to calm down a bit now tho...and realize...OK I can do one pin a year...instead of looking on craigslist 3 times a day and if that "must have" title pops up...MAKE IT happen....!!!....but it's been nothing but fun so far...........Joey

    #8 5 years ago

    If I had room for more than 15 or so, I'd probably just indefinitely buy and fix up games rather than ever get around to playing them and become one of you crazy hoarders with 200 games in due time. Nothing better than a shiny, shopped machine. Nothing more fun than looking for the next project afterwards. Sometimes in between those things I even find time to play them.

    #9 5 years ago

    Pinball is alot like drinking: it's not the last one that gets you... it's the first one.

    #10 5 years ago

    I bought my first pin in August of 2012. I know have 25. I have had many more and sold them. It is a fun addiction!!

    #11 5 years ago

    I'm done for now because I don't have the space for more than one pin.
    However, when I move next year I will get another one. Not looking any up greatly helps. Not having a lot of money also helps.

    #12 5 years ago

    I bought my first Memorial Day weekend. So I am done for now, but the habit of searching craigslist has not stopped. And if a particular machine doesn't go away in the next couple months I may be up to two.

    But no real plans on getting number two, unless a smoking deal & theme come my way. Now more interested in a big ball bowler, but as with the first pin it will take some time to save the funds.

    #13 5 years ago

    I fall into the somewhere between 20 and 50 crowd. Which seems to be a good number. Not too many to maintain, but enough to keep me busy. Except for the one I am working on next, they are all set up and running.

    #14 5 years ago

    Only things stopping me from straight up pinsanity are money and space. If I made over 50k and owned a house I would have dozens.

    #15 5 years ago

    i've got money and space, but my wife thinks the things are an abomination. it's a miracle i've been able to keep four (and stay married).

    #16 5 years ago

    These responses are great, thanks to everyone who has participated so far! I'm sitting on 3, with a project a friend and I are working on about to be finished today. I have room for at least 4 more that I can set up to play and I'm clearing out my garage. I hunt for them all day every day wherever I can and I see no change in that anytime soon other than I'm constantly trying to pick up the pace and do even more. I can't say my wife is as thrilled as I am about pinball, especially with a Tales from the Crypt sitting right inside my front door the foyer between my living room / dining room area which is really all one big open area space with no walls. Luckily, a MegaTouch I just grabbed gets her in the downstairs game room with me at least.

    #17 5 years ago

    I've worked through over 200 games at this point but only really have room for five. They expand to fill all available space plus one.

    #18 5 years ago

    I'm still waiting on my MMR for over 18 months now....I've got too much $$ in it that it's taken the wind out of my desire to buy/trade for something else right now.

    #19 5 years ago

    Started in the hobby in November last year. I've had 6 pins at my house since then but am down to 4. I think I'd like to settle at about 10-15 top 100

    #20 5 years ago

    I just picked up my 12th pin last week. I really don't think I can shoehorn any more machines into the space I have. Course, that's what I said when I picked up my 5th machine.

    I'm basically shooting for one example of each significant early solid state system type at this point.

    They were all projects to varying degrees--some just need a good cleaning, minor mechanical repairs or cosmetic parts replacements; others need varying degrees of electronics repairs in addition to that. One needs some cabinet work since the cheap particle board bottom is falling out. But, most were bargains, and it's hard to pass up a bargain.

    So...I've got quite a number of projects that I am slowly working through. It doesn't help that I keep jumping to each new acquisition for a few weeks before fully finishing an older one. But, I've been making good progress and plan on bringing one to sell in the Pintastic free play area.

    So, has the pin addition taken over? That's certainly a resounding "yes" from this guy.

    #21 5 years ago

    Everyone told me you can't stop at one and I laughed at them. I really planned on only buying one at first. I think for me it was a combination of realising it's possible to actually own it and that they tend to hold their value a bit so it's not really wasted money.

    #22 5 years ago

    If I kept all the ones I fixed up, I'd be at 9 in 3 years.

    If I had the $$ and space, I would have kept all but Centaur. That was the only one that didn't do anything for me (I know, blasphemy, love the art and sound though).

    #23 5 years ago

    This is why I have to stay off of craigslist. It can all happen so fast...

    #24 5 years ago

    My high in the house at one time has been 16, but I've owned 45 since late 2011. My 46th will be picked up this coming weekend Space is my main limiting factor; of course, more money would help too but space is primary. I've considered expanding the house a couple times...

    #25 5 years ago

    Started with a beat up firepower I planned to use the cab and parts for building my own. Ended up partially restoring fp and in the mean time picking up another 5 although I sold 2. Still have not started building one ha ha. Still a pipe dream though. I think proc can make it happen

    #26 5 years ago

    Totally addicted!!! Bought a Street Fighter I I last year. Have bought 16 decent titles since. All because there was nowhere local to jammout.

    #27 5 years ago

    Hell yea, this is part of what pinball is all about, and the hunt and going through titles is exhilarating! Keep the stories coming people and thanks for your participation!

    #28 5 years ago

    In 2013 I had one.

    In 2014 I had ten.

    Last week I had twenty.

    Next week back down to 18... and staying there for a while.

    Maybe.

    #29 5 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I'm basically shooting for one example of each significant early solid state system type at this point.

    Make sure you find a solid state bingo machine. Great machine... if you need something to have on hand to give up when you run out of room without feeling bad about it.

    #30 5 years ago

    My husband told me he wanted ten. We now have ten.

    I'm dubious though of his real intentions because he is now telling me Varkon doesn't count as a pinball that it counts as a video game and he has one at his office and he says that one doesn't count either since it is not in the house. So I guess I will end up living with twelve machines.

    #31 5 years ago

    Started with 1 of course, now have only 7 because I am out of room!!!!!!!!!

    #32 5 years ago
    Quoted from PavBall:

    My husband told me he wanted ten. We now have ten.
    I'm dubious though of his real intentions because he is now telling me Varkon doesn't count as a pinball that it counts as a video game and he has one at his office and he says that one doesn't count either since it is not in the house. So I guess I will end up living with twelve machines.

    You can sell me your Varkon and then you don't have to debate. lol.. Such an awesome game.

    #33 5 years ago

    I have owned 99 to get to the 37 I have now. Great hobby.

    #34 5 years ago

    6 total, never thought I would ever own the great Williams classics: Taxi, Pinbot and F-14 Tomcat. Somehow ended up getting an upright Galaga and shuffle bowler along the way.

    #35 5 years ago

    16 pins in 3 years. 4 of them all within the last month or so. Good news is I am 100% maxed out at 14. But I promised the wife no more till next year. After I pick up one more this weekend. Every time I bought a pin I told her, this is the last! But, its the only lie I tell her. So it could be worse... I could lie to her about everything, she should feel lucky it's only 1 lie. lol

    #36 5 years ago

    I started with 2, not 1, so I got a jump start.

    Then bought a 3rd which needed some work, and gave it to my Father-in-law to have/hold.

    Then I bought a 4th, and gave it to my Mom to have/hold.

    Then I bough a 5th which needed some work, which I plan to keep, or eventually trade out with one of the above being held.

    Negotiating a possible sixth...

    #37 5 years ago

    The first step is to admit you have a problem.

    I recommend skipping this step.

    #38 5 years ago
    Quoted from pezpunk:

    i've got money and space, but my wife thinks the things are an abomination. it's a miracle i've been able to keep four (and stay married).

    I think you know what you need to do...!!!....lol...............Joey

    #39 5 years ago

    My wife was ready to shoot me after this first one. I don't think I could even imagine getting a 2nd one. But I also have a super chexx behind my pin. Once that goes, I can see a nice funhouse sitting in the chexx space haha

    #40 5 years ago

    I sold my super chexx for the exact same reason. One of those equals space for two pins. And nobody was playing it, which was a shame because it was a hell of a lot of fun.

    #41 5 years ago

    Super chexx is a wonderful game, but it collects dust. I've owned it since it was new from ICE...it only gets played when family is over. Not enough to justify keeping it. Sad because I will miss it

    #42 5 years ago

    I checked "As long as I keep in under 20" lol
    But I have owned over 100 over the years.

    #43 5 years ago

    I think if I had space for 10 that would be enough for a solid, basic collection covering all the eras I like. It would be a rotating collection, but I wouldn't feel like I was missing out in terms of variety.

    #44 5 years ago

    I always wanted a super chexx and still do, but it is a bit difficult to play a 1 player game of that!

    I've got to quit browsing the pinballs for sale everywhere! I see too many I want right now! Luckily I got some goodies in the mail today that will be enhancing some of my existing games... Lol, I guess that could be its own thread - how much on average do you spend enhancing each game! I'm probably around $250-500 per game on average.

    Again, thanks for your stories, this has been an entertaining thread as well as confirmation that we're all completely normal.

    #45 5 years ago
    Quoted from sevenrites:

    how much on average do you spend enhancing each game! I'm probably around $250-500 per game on average.

    I'm around $1600 into TZ already, not including the game which I bought working in decent shape.

    It's $300+ just to bring a working game in the door between rebuilding flippers, pops, new legs, new glass, rubbers, coil sleeves, balls, cab protectors, new posts, new locks, LEDs, and LEDOCD so it only goes up from there.

    #46 5 years ago

    I've had both lateral and medial epicondylitis (= tennis and golfer's elbow) for several months, which means I've barely touched my pins in that time, and I haven't bought anything new. I've lost almost all momentum and quite a bit of interest in my collection during that period. Consequently, I've thought about selling some off, but I imagine I would come to regret it. Things like this tend to be cyclical. Once my arms are fully healed, I hope to get back into the groove. It's a shame to see them sitting there unused.

    #47 5 years ago

    I went from 1 to 5 in a matter of about 6 months. That's where I max out for now, but if I were able to get more I'd be in the 10 - 20 range.

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from Craig:

    I've thought about selling some off, but I imagine I would come to regret it.

    Your collection is fantastic. You would regret it. I think when you are healed up and your Hobbit arrives that will be te spark to rekindle the excitement for you.

    #49 5 years ago
    Quoted from DefaultGen:

    I'm around $1600 into TZ already

    Now that one I can completely understand, there's just so many different kinds of mods you can throw into that game!

    I had a lot of fun doing Tales from the Crypt and I'm not done yet either. Probably into it a good $500 now, but I'd say 1/2 that was repair / restoration related, plus LED's, rubbers, hardware, flipper kits, and other misc "working order" needs. Gofers got me for about $300 so far, but that game was just dirty when I got it, not worn. Alien Star set me back a good $480 just for board work, a back glass, 2 score displays and then I still had to do rubbers, LED's, & etc.

    I haven't really gotten too crazy with mods yet... I mainly just bring them back to 100% working order, with as much touch up repair I'm capable of.. After that, a few enhancements, mainly LED's and sometimes a few toys and gadgets... Part of the problem is I'm trying to acquire as many games as quickly as possible and a few thousand in mods and repairs costs me a game or two every time!

    #50 5 years ago

    Got two a few years ago, now it's 5 pins, a shuffle bowl and air hockey. I'd have 10 if the air hockey didn't take up so much room. But there's the garage, I might be able to squeeze more in there if I get the cars organized just right. A couple pins have a few hundred in upgrades, while Scared Stiff was my ultimate money sucker. But now I have TOM, so that one might approach SS in upgrades - being thrifty isn't much fun. But I build cars too, and they need attention as well, so the pin upgrades take a back seat when required. Currently we're preparing for a car show at Carlisle in July, so the pin stuff is backburner for at least 6 weeks so we can get everything built for that.
    Life won't last forever, I try to fit as much fun as possible into the time I have

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