Quoted from Zitt:
Here's the thing... You can't go see the machine first hand; therefore, it's not local to you. This means shipping - since if it were in driving distance; you'd go drive and pick it up.
So; that 90day support is effectively worthless.
How are they going to resolve issues you find? Are they going to pay a pin-tech to come do repairs?
Get this in writing.
IT's all in what YOU think the machine is worth; and you still haven't gone to see it.
I'm going to assume based on your statements that you're new to Pin ownership given a NIB AFMr experience.
You didn't say if the pin was a "Grail pin" for you... Are you buying STNG because your a Fan; or because it's #3 on IPDB.org?
IF your a fan; and this game is a keeper for you... and your not afraid of the complexity / repair mountain in front of you... then $6500 is probably worth it.
However, if troubleshooting isn't in your vocabulary and you're not a Show fan... then owning this pin is going to lead you to sadness. It's going to suck the joy away from owning pinball.
For me; I actually like working on the machines more than playing them and it shows in my skills when playing. I actually welcome project pinball machines because I like making them better than they are.
It's ultimately up to you.
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I understand what you are saying. All valid things to consider.
While not a grail pin for me, I do plan to keep it indefinitely. My family has watched the entire STNG series together. We are fans. I honestly don’t care what it’s rated.
As I mentioned before I’ve done quite a bit of work on my Revenge from Mars. Lamp & Switch replacements, playfield cleanup & repair. Software updates. Adding, cliffys, a shaker motor, and knocker next (they are on my bench). It is kinda cool seeing a partially playable game become full featured again. That said, I paid considerably less for my RFM than this STNG.
I also have 7 arcade machines most of which I’ve had to repair or restore all still rocking CRTs (no lcds in my arcade!).
One is a Bad Dudes cab I’m rebuilding from a gutted discarded Data East cab I’ve bondo’d, sanded, and wired myself.
Everything in my private collection is a game I own to play. Not for bragging rights. Many lock in some specific memory from my childhood.
Not afraid of having stuff like this shipped. Michelle always has my back there.
Once here, I have a soldering iron with temp control, a logic tester, an EPROM eraser and burner, I’m no virgin to electronics troubleshooting and repair. Won’t claim to be a pro. I’ve always been a software guy but built my own computers. Arcade PCB/pinball repair is actually how I’m learning about electronics past the plug and pray level as well as how to read schematics.
It’s something I plan to do more of as a hobby as I get closer towards retirement.
Sometimes I honestly don’t know if I like playing the games or tinkering with them more.
I don’t need them to fly a tech to my house. I can execute most repairs myself short of clear coating the playfield. But since I can’t claim to be a pro with years of experience (yet) I like the added benefit of having an experienced tech I can get on the phone/video chat/email to debug and discuss issues.
I also like be warned of what to avoid doing so I don’t need to learn that the hard and expensive way.
I don’t have tons (or really any) local friends let alone collector friends.
So I usually gotta pay for that kind of expertise and experience. Or post on Internet forums (as I sometimes do) and hope for someone like you to give me a bit of your time (which I greatly appreciate).
I do have a hope/assumption that I might get at least a few months and a couple hundreds plays out of it before having to undertake a serious solo debugging and repair job.
But maybe that’s not possible with this table? Only you current owners would know. How many games do you folks feel you can get before “ah, crap?” And the next set of repairs?
My fear is three games, broken. Fix. Five games. Broken. Fix. Ten games. Broken. Fix. Repeat.
Several dozen games. Broken. Fix. I expect and can live with. Replace worn parts every couple of years. No problem.