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Starting Out - First PIN advice


By DropDeadZed

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Hey everyone,
    I was just wondering in this never ending world on Pinball, where do you start? I'm looking to get my first PIN soon. I have a basement that is crying out for some sort of entertainment.

    What do you guys / gals think is a really great starting machine? Obviously it would be something not super expensive or rare but an overall great player that can be had for a decent price.

    I do certainly have my preferences but they all seem out of my price range. Since I'm not very mechanically handy, a super fixer upper wouldn't be great.

    I've already met a few people on here and this seems like a wonderful place to gain knowledge and advice.

    thanks,
    Zed

    #2 1 year ago

    Find somewhere local to play, and also find someone local who can help you out. Buying your first pin can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. My advice: buy a pin for $1000-$2500 that’s fully working and start from there. Don’t be afraid to work on it and get your hands dirty. If you have any problems, there’s lots of help here on pinside

    #3 1 year ago

    Let's get ahead of the game here and start talking about games 2 and 3.

    Really tho beware the pincrack it's addictive.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from gorgar007:

    Let's get ahead of the game here and start talking about games 2 and 3.
    Really tho beware the pincrack it's addictive.

    lol! I know right. Well I mean I could certainly see 2 and 3 being maybe an Elvira or Elm Street I'm very attracted to horror or sci-fi games. I know PINBOT is a no-brainer as well but for a first machine its a bit out of my price range. I did see a decent Paragon that needs some work but the $$$ to work ratio wasn't making sense.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from DropDeadZed:

    lol! I know right. Well I mean I could certainly see 2 and 3 being maybe an Elvira or Elm Street I'm very attracted to horror or sci-fi games.

    My advice is to buy games you like to play, not because of the theme. You have the Elvira games which are great, but then somehting like Elm Street is one of the worst modern machines ever made.
    2000 is a bit on the bubble of 1980 games and DMD era stuff. I would save up a bit more as you wait look around and get toi the 2500 area there might be more to choose from. Unless of course you find something good.

    #6 1 year ago

    After buying and selling for about 5 years I've concluded that for me theme comes first. It doesn't matter how fun a pin is, if the theme isn't for me then I don't enjoy it. WOZ was a very fun pin to play but the theme wasn't for me so I sold it. Good theme plus boring gameplay doesn't work either. It has to have both for me. STTNG was my #1 theme of all time but I didn't enjoy playing it, my wife and kids didn't either so we sold it.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from pcprogrammer:

    After buying and selling for about 5 years I've concluded that for me theme comes first.

    Quoted from pcprogrammer:

    STTNG was my #1 theme of all time but I didn't enjoy playing it, my wife and kids didn't either so we sold it.

    #8 1 year ago

    Read what I wrote again. I said that it has to have both - THEME plus gameplay that I enjoy. If it doesn't have both it gets sold. These things are just too expensive to collect dust and not get played. Just my 2 cents.

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from pcprogrammer:

    Good theme plus boring gameplay doesn't work either. It has to have both for me. STTNG was my #1 theme of all time but I didn't enjoy playing it, my wife and kids didn't either so we sold it.

    #10 1 year ago

    Welcome to the Pinside & the addiction!

    Good advice above...…

    Check Pinside/CL/Estate Sales/FB Marketplace-there will be lots of machines for sale in your area...…

    $1000-1500 should get you a decent first machine.....make sure its working 100% if you don't want to get your hands dirty....

    Make more room in the basement....I started off just over a year ago with 2 I bought from an estate sale and im up to 7 now....lol These machines tend to multiply!

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from pcprogrammer:

    Read what I wrote again.

    Yes it was poorly written by you I know.

    #12 1 year ago

    High speed was one of my first pins and think that might be good choice and in your price range.

    #13 1 year ago

    Find a pin between 1500-2500 and make sure you pay between pin side price guidelines...

    If it’s working you can’t get hurt.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from DropDeadZed:

    I do certainly have my preferences but they all seem out of my price range. Since I'm not very mechanically handy, a super fixer upper wouldn't be great.

    thanks,
    Zed

    you are right here
    get a working game, projects can come later.

    make a list of games you like, focusing only on one game will cause you to spend too much

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