That 1st Home Pinball Feeling

By chocky909

6 years ago


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    #1 6 years ago

    I'm about 2 days away from bring my first pin into my home, a DW and I'm so excited even though in the last year or so I've been playing a lot at other's homes and at league meets which got me wondering how other peoples' experiences of bringing their first pin home were, being able to play in private, in comfort, under the influence of whatever and whenever you pleased. Wake up at 5am with a strange itch to scratch? Have a few games in your slippers and dressing gown then back to bed!

    I'd be really interested to hear stories of Pinsiders' first home pinball experiences.

    #2 6 years ago

    Back in 2003, I saved up my money and bought a LW3. I remember the excitement of going to the terminal and finding the crate it was in. Man, was I pumped. Got it home with the help of a friend and a dolly, and opened the crate. Dragged the machine out, got the legs on, plugged it in....and.....nothing. What in the world has gone wrong???? I was freaking out; I thought I had wasted some mad money. Got ahold of the seller, where he snickered a little bit and informed me about the toggle switch near the front right leg. Flipped it on, heard the "POP" of the power turning on, and man, I was in LOVE.

    I beat that poor lil game into the ground and sold it about 2 months later. All in all, it was a very fun game. Now, fast-forward to last week, and I brought my first pin since 2003 home - a JM. Man, it is a GREAT feeling to have a pin in the house. It's a real conversation piece - just not many people have one or have the love of pinball to own one. It's one thing to go to a bar/poolhouse/bowling alley and play - it is a ENTIRELY different world to have one at home.

    With that, I find that I have to be conservative with my JM. I don't play it every single day. I play every 3-4 days for about 30 minutes, then I turn it off and do something else. I'm trying to keep my replay factor high, and I don't want to burn out on my one machine. So what am I doing - buying my SECOND pin in under 1 months timespan xD. JP comes home tomorrow, and man am I excited!!!!

    That's my story :D. You'll be bringing yours home REAL soon!! Post pics when you do and let us know how much fun you're having!!!

    #3 6 years ago

    Good for you it is a great feeling BUT,its only the beginning!!!

    #4 6 years ago

    I have found if you buy the pinball first then you HAVE to make room.

    #5 6 years ago

    Yeah great feeling and always buy first then figure it out or by the time you make room the machine is sold. I agree with all others chocky this is the beginning. Have fun doing whatever you do at 5am before playing pinballs. =-) Best of luck in your purchase.

    #6 6 years ago

    savor that feeling, you'll never get it back.. the thought of owning something that used to be in a public setting (usually), and now you have the power to add all the credits you want. Of course the feeling of "shit, it doesn't work, what do I do" isn't a nice feeling, but with time you'll figure things out, which is rewarding in itself.

    #7 6 years ago

    Weirdly I'm looking forward it breaking down a bit and really getting under the hood as it were. Of course in my imagination I fix the problems with the minimum of fuss and I guess it won't always happen that way.

    I probably need to buy a few key tools actually. Maybe some cleaning solution, wax - stuff like that. What's recommended for a DW?

    #8 6 years ago

    Grats chocky! Fortunately I know exactly how you feel as I will be picking up my very first pin tomorrow morning. A '79 Flash! It's a beautiful machine and I can't fricken wait!

    #9 6 years ago

    It's one of the best feelings in the world when you get your first pin.

    #11 6 years ago

    When I was about 4 years old my parents dragged a Victory Derby into the basement for me.

    it was awesome.

    You'll have a blast, enjoy it ! And all the others that follow.


    #12 6 years ago

    good job, I bought my first pin about 7 years ago, a twilight zone. My wife was going to surprise me for christmas , but knows how picky I am. She found a dealer in milwaukee and told me we were going to pick one out before driving to Illinois for a family christmas play outing. I spent half the night on the internet researching machines, and picked this out from a nice selections of games which included tz, funhouse, cv , diner, nng , junkyard, etc. Unfortunately once your bit by the pinball bug...., well you better make more room.

    #13 6 years ago
    Quoted from Shug:

    Grats chocky! Fortunately I know exactly how you feel as I will be picking up my very first pin tomorrow morning. A '79 Flash! It's a beautiful machine and I can't fricken wait!

    Crank up the metal and enjoy it~!~!

    #14 6 years ago


    Flash is a blast. My first machine is Flash's younger brother, Skateball.

    I hope it plays nice and fast for you. I had a real nice time learning the basics of repair on my Skateball. A lot let overwhelming than a DMD.

    Have fun.

    #15 6 years ago

    My first pin was TAF, and I caught the pinball sickness soon after adding another machine & then another, etc. Just be prepared for that. And yes, the freedom of having your own pins in your home, being able to play in your underwear if you want, at any hour of the day is a great feeling.

    #16 6 years ago

    You're totally right! It's kinda hard to describe the feeling of having my first pin but I'm pretty sure it's something akin to AWESOME!

    Haven't played in my underwear yet but I'm working up to that...

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from PartyKing:

    Shug said:Grats chocky! Fortunately I know exactly how you feel as I will be picking up my very first pin tomorrow morning. A '79 Flash! It's a beautiful machine and I can't fricken wait!
    Crank up the metal and enjoy it~!~!

    Damn straight! The new High on Fire album dropped this week on iTunes so that worked out perfect!

    #18 6 years ago

    Picking up tomorrow morning!

    <--- I've already added it to my profile...

    #19 6 years ago

    My first was also TAF. I can remember getting to the wizard mode the first time. I screamed at the top of my lungs for my wife to come see it the time I sold it, I could get to it practically every game if I wanted too :p

    I miss that game

    #20 6 years ago
    Quoted from chocky909:

    Picking up tomorrow morning!
    <--- I've already added it to my profile...

    Wow thats nice! Grats dude! Doctor Who is just awesome in general but to have the pinball machine that is just kick-ass! You will need a way to mount a bucket of jelly babies on the leg somehow Tom Baker FTW

    #21 6 years ago

    June 2012 will be the 1 year anniversary of my 1st home-pinball-feeling.

    Had mine delivered from the seller. Couldn't wait for him to leave so I could get to playing,
    then cleaning it. It was unbelievable that the pin that I once played for many hours and spent
    countless quarters on was IN my house, and it was MINE. Definitely one of the best days of my life.

    #22 6 years ago

    Congratulations Chocky!!! I know how you feel, as I just got my first pin last October. It is a rush!

    #23 6 years ago

    Congrats. Its a great feeling for sure. Kinda like getting laid for the first time. The smile on my face was just as big.

    #24 6 years ago
    Quoted from Silverballer:

    Kinda like getting laid for the first time.

    Except you don't have to worry about a little gumball machine appearing this winter!

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