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The coffee table trend


By phil-lee

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    I'm seeing a lot more coffee tables and wall hanging heads made from Ems. Could be old stock taking advantage of current higher prices for pins.
    Then I clicked on 3 heads taken from desirable wedgehead machines for 175 a piece. I don't know the story but fear the bodies were going to trendy furniture. If something like this took off it would be the death knell for a lot of restorable Titles.
    We have all seen the pictures of dusty storage places filled with project/junk machines (Vic Camps recent thread for one). Even though these rarely come up for sale in the usual ways they are out there.
    I realize some machines reach part status and help others keep running.
    Just hate these coffee table Pin Coffins.

    #2 1 year ago

    I feel the same way every time I see a classic car made up into a hot rod instead of it being ALL stock.

    John

    #3 1 year ago

    Trust me phil....I am sickened that a 1964 Shipmates became three pieces of furniture currently on Craigs List in North Carolina. I want the perfect backglass in the coffee table so badly on the Ship Mates I am having restored. The hell if I will pay 830 dollars for a destroyed machine for a backglass. Grrrrrr... *deep sigh*

    #4 1 year ago

    So if the younger crowd want these things one of the big Retailers will respond with an offer.
    Another bootstrap Business will be successful but a further bell tolling for old EM carcasses.

    #5 1 year ago

    I just made these recently,Had the 2 bingo playfields fall into my lap from an auction so no complete machine was harmed!For me it was a choice between wall hangar or coffee table and glad I went ahead with these,Like the art!

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    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

    Trust me phil....I am sickened that a 1964 Shipmates became three pieces of furniture currently on Craigs List in North Carolina. I want the perfect backglass in the coffee table so badly on the Ship Mates I am having restored. The hell if I will pay 830 dollars for a destroyed machine for a backglass. Grrrrrr... *deep sigh*

    rat_tomago check with Mayfair Amusements to see if they have a nos in stock. Ask Pinsider too-many-pins if he has one. Ask http://pinballglass.homestead.com and www.shayarcadegroup.com if they will consider making this repro backglass. Try posting in the Facebook group Pinball Machines and Parts Wanted. Ask Shawn Christian in the dallas Facebook group if he can help you find this title

    #7 1 year ago

    If it makes you feel any better they will be making them out of TAF's and MM's in about 30 years.

    #8 1 year ago

    God forbid people do what they want with things they own......

    #9 1 year ago

    I wonder if these are mostly made by Pinheads that see an opportunity to sell useless parts that have been up-cycled to hipsters. Or if these are mostly made by hipsters that don’t understand that these are useful parts that they are destroying to make furniture.

    One mans trash is another mans treasure.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    I wonder if these are mostly made by Pinheads that see an opportunity to sell useless parts that have been up-cycled to hipsters. Or if these are mostly made by hipsters that don’t understand that these are useful parts that they are destroying to make furniture.
    One mans trash is another mans treasure.

    I recently parted out a nice looking Stern Hot Hand pin. Back glass was just OK. The play field is a nice one, not perfect, but nice. At most, this pin would worth $600.00; Maybe $800.00 on a good day. But all of the boards were bad and the Altek replacement boards would cost over $400.00. The percentages were not there.

    The cab, back box, the wiring, and parts are going to be donor parts for another build of a different pin. My need of these parts are why I bought the pin, in the first place.

    4,117 Hot Hands were produced. There are only 7 pinside people who have it on their wish list. It is not a high demand pin.

    I tried to sell the back glass and there were no takers since there was some flaking; The back glass is now a wall hanging.

    I'm not sure how I will deal with the play field. One option is a wall hanging; Another is this coffee table business that seems to be happening, but good wood is not cheap and the labor to build a nice coffee table is more than a few hours. The last option is to restore the play field which would not be cheap, either.

    The play field is very nice. Not perfect, but perfect but very nice. And I am thinking about using it as a practice unit to learn airbrush and touch up skills. Followed by clear coating. And the then try to sell it that way.

    But it could just as easily wind up as a coffee table and you all would know the back story.

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    #11 1 year ago

    Since the original Post I have been educated on all things Pinball Furniture. I apologize for any implied criticism for what others do with their property.
    I may have my first candidate for conversion soon, a water damaged cab but intact play field and backglass.
    Already restore old furniture and vintage wood encasing a play field does indeed look cool. The backglass can go in a salvaged frame as well, good stuff.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    a water damaged cab

    That would make a great planter to grow tomatoes in.

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