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Theatre of Magic Buying Advice?


By jacksparrow0112

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Greetings fellow pinsiders,

My wife and I are looking to purchase our first pin and both really enjoy playing Theatre of Magic. Since we are both just getting into this great hobby we are wondering what to look for when purchasing these pins. Are there specific worn/broken parts on the playfield that I should be on the lookout for when examining a used game. I am seeing these games posted on this site for $5,800-$7,200. Any advice you can provide is regarding condition and things to watch out for would be much appreciated. I am willing to drive 10-12 hours to try out a game before purchasing it so really am interested in learning what to look for in a used TOM pin.

Thanks much

Kevin

#16 2 years ago

Hi Mike - I sent you a PM about stopping over to learn more about TOM. We discovered wizard’s world last month and have been back 10-12 times in the last few weeks. In fact it is your TOM pin that we discovered and got addicted to. Thanks again for such a cool Fort Wayne destination. Now we just need to convince you to open a second location on the SW side of town

#25 2 years ago

I really appreciate everyone’s opinions as it helps me decide the best point of entry into this hobby. I do have an engineering degree focused on biomedical computer programming that did involve some basic soldering and board work. I am by no means an expert but am hoping that through YouTube and pinside I can develop a decent set of troubleshooting and technical skills that will carry me into hopefully a long future of collecting and ownership. What intrigues me about the hobby is the value the games maintain over the years. Seems like I can invest in a pin today for HUO and if I maintain it can recoup most (if not all) of the cash in the future if needed. What really helps my case is that my wife (who is usually very frugal) is all onboard the idea of going all in on a TOM pin. Hoping Mike at Fort Wayne pinball can give me some great pointers about what to look for above and below the playfield so that we get a decent game that will play well for years to come.

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