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(Topic ID: 276261)

The World's Largest Collection of Pinball Machines


By Charlemagne1987

51 days ago



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    #1 51 days ago

    One of my favorite threads on Pinside is the one asking for the latest pics of gamerooms. Some of those rooms are truly incredible, leaving me with a serious case of gameroom envy. Looking at these pics I began to wonder about who has the world's largest recorded collection of pinball machines, where they are located and if there are any pictures to see. I recently read that the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas will have 700 games set up in its new building with many more in a warehouse to be rotated in. That's impressive. Does anyone know of any collections larger than that, or even that size? And if you have pictures or links to websites I'd love to see them too.

    #2 51 days ago
    Quoted from Charlemagne1987:

    One of my favorite threads on Pinside is the one asking for the latest pics of gamerooms. Some of those rooms are truly incredible, leaving me with a serious case of gameroom envy. Looking at these pics I began to wonder about who has the world's largest recorded collection of pinball machines, where they are located and if there are any pictures to see. I recently read that the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas will have 700 games set up in its new building with many more in a warehouse to be rotated in. That's impressive. Does anyone know of any collections larger than that, or even that size? And if you have pictures or links to websites I'd love to see them too.

    I believe it’s the Museum of Pinball in Cali. A friend works there and says they’ve got over 1k machines in house but too many for them to be all out on display.

    http://www.museumofpinball.org/

    #3 51 days ago

    That looks awesome. I'd love to go there someday.

    #4 51 days ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    I believe it’s the Museum of Pinball in Cali. A friend works there and says they’ve got over 1k machines in house but too many for them to be all out on display.
    http://www.museumofpinball.org/

    Any of the Service guys Members here? Kudos to you.

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    #5 51 days ago
    Quoted from Charlemagne1987:

    One of my favorite threads on Pinside is the one asking for the latest pics of gamerooms. Some of those rooms are truly incredible, leaving me with a serious case of gameroom envy. Looking at these pics I began to wonder about who has the world's largest recorded collection of pinball machines, where they are located and if there are any pictures to see. I recently read that the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas will have 700 games set up in its new building with many more in a warehouse to be rotated in. That's impressive. Does anyone know of any collections larger than that, or even that size? And if you have pictures or links to websites I'd love to see them too.

    If the hall of fame is gonna have 700 then 70 of them will be playable

    Every time i go there the games are in horrible shape. Zero care given.

    It’s always a disappointment

    #6 51 days ago

    I will vote Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, CA. Several thousand machines in Museum and Annex.

    #7 51 days ago
    Quoted from jbovenzi:

    I will vote Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, CA. Several thousand machines in Museum and Annex.

    That is 30mn from where I live and I didn't have the slightest idea it existed !

    Thank you

    #8 51 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Any of the Service guys Members here? Kudos to you.

    Nah, I’ve got a friend that works at CPR too and none of them are on any pinball websites oddly enough.

    #9 51 days ago
    Quoted from V8haha:

    If the hall of fame is gonna have 700 then 70 of them will be playable
    Every time i go there the games are in horrible shape. Zero care given.
    It’s always a disappointment

    The current location is a real dump. Good thing they are moving.

    #10 51 days ago
    Quoted from V8haha:

    If the hall of fame is gonna have 700 then 70 of them will be playable
    Every time i go there the games are in horrible shape. Zero care given.
    It’s always a disappointment

    I’m sure Tim cares a bunch. I’m also sure it’s hard to get help when you’re not willing to pay for it.

    #11 51 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    I’m sure Tim cares a bunch. I’m also sure it’s hard to get help when you’re not willing to pay for it.

    Not willing or not able ?

    ps : I've never been there and I don't know the guy, I tend to think it might be hard to make this a profitable business although seeing the new building makes me wonder.

    #12 51 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    I’m sure Tim cares a bunch. I’m also sure it’s hard to get help when you’re not willing to pay for it.

    If their not willing to pay for help then i question how much they care. The money is there no doubt.

    It’s a lucrative establishment.

    #13 51 days ago
    Quoted from adol75:

    Not willing or not able ?
    ps : I've never been there and I don't know the guy, I tend to think it might be hard to make this a profitable business although seeing the new building makes me wonder.

    Yes very strict on how the money is spent. He takes NFP too literally imo. Literally every red cent outside of machine maintenance expenses goes to the Red Cross. His 990s are public so you can see for yourself.

    #14 51 days ago

    Maybe instead of asking who has the largest collection, ask what's the biggest working collection. I know Clay at vfw is always working on his games.

    #15 51 days ago
    Quoted from freeplay3:

    Maybe instead of asking who has the largest collection and ask what's the biggest working collection. I know Clay at vfw is always working on his games.

    Great call. That’s 400 plus I think 100% working. I hear good things about the previously mentioned collection in Cali. Even if half are working it’s probably more than VFW.

    But VFW isn’t just working. They are dialed in and playing great. I was very impressed and I’m extremely picky.

    #16 51 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Great call. That’s 400 plus I think 100% working. I hear good things about the previously mentioned collection in Cali. Even if half are working it’s probably more than VFW.
    But VFW isn’t just working. They are dialed in and playing great. I was very impressed and I’m extremely picky.

    I once heard Aaron Kaufman talk on Fast and Loud about some of the collections he seen. He said the best one was not the biggest, but of the 50ish cars they all were running, plated, and insured.
    I thought of that when I started reading this thread.

    #17 51 days ago

    Gamenausea has asteroids!

    #18 51 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Great call. That’s 400 plus I think ....

    A few more than that....for now.

    #19 51 days ago

    Simply want know who the greatest Pinball Repair Guy is.
    Someone taking care of that many machines knows...it all

    #20 51 days ago

    Gordo added 700+ tp Pacific....

    https://www.pinballnews.com/news/ppmdonation.html

    Hope to see him soon!

    #21 51 days ago

    I've been to the Banning location a number of times and the majority of his pins (and arcade games) are always up and running. Only a small percentage are down at any one time. The pinball warehouse has a crazy number of pins from early EMs all the way to newer releases. The arcade game warehouse is pretty impressive as well.

    #22 51 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Simply want know who the greatest Pinball Repair Guy is.
    Someone taking care of that many machines knows...it all

    yeah, that's Lloyd

    #23 51 days ago
    Quoted from jbovenzi:

    I will vote Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, CA. Several thousand machines in Museum and Annex.

    Richard konger (pretty much the first pinball collector ever) has already mentioned that his massive collction will be left to them as well. That for sure will make it the largest collection.

    #24 50 days ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Yes very strict on how the money is spent. He takes NFP too literally imo. Literally every red cent outside of machine maintenance expenses goes to the Red Cross. His 990s are public so you can see for yourself.

    That’s actually quite remarkable

    #25 50 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    That’s actually quite remarkable

    I agree. I also think the majority games should be working all the time. A monumental task, but should be done imo.

    #26 50 days ago

    You’d be surprised how often I’d run into this when I was in collections for the cable company. You’d go to disconnect someone’s internet and their excuse was that it was needed to collect income. Well if it’s your only source of revenue, then it should be top priority.

    Same thing here. If the pinball collection is what brings people in the door, then having it working is paramount to all other efforts. If the collections quality suffers, the customers will notice and they won’t return, the cycle repeats until you have no revenue stream.

    #27 50 days ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    You’d be surprised how often I’d run into this when I was in collections for the cable company. You’d go to disconnect someone’s internet and their excuse was that it was needed to collect income. Well if it’s your only source of revenue, then it should be top priority.
    Same thing here. If the pinball collection is what brings people in the door, then having it working is paramount to all other efforts. If the collections quality suffers, the customers will notice and they won’t return, the cycle repeats until you have no revenue stream.

    I can only assume with that many games they have to prioritize maintenance based on income and service the games that are played the most. They probably run into parts shortage for some of them.

    #28 50 days ago

    I applaud anyone willing to have all those collections playable. Hell, we know first hand it's hard to keep medium collections of around 15 pins working tip top. There's always something. Bulbs out, drops not resetting properly, switches not registering, etc. It has to be a monumental task to keep those museums running. I'm no expert, but I believe NFP organizations are allowed to have paid staff. That could help Tim. I know that would mean less donations to the Salvation Army, but they could dry up completely with no patrons.

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