I keep seeing people talking about this "rebirth of pinball." Or the "new age" of pinball...
Sorry.... I don't buy it.
I think we are simply at the crossroads of the prime pinhead generation hitting middle-age and having the disposable income to relive their youth a bit.
In other words, it's temporary. I don't think it bursts in a few months or even a year or two, but it will die back out.... as this group stops buying. I don't see the bottom falling out of the used market completely, but I do see even fewer new machines being made... then eventually none.
There is NOT a new growing generation of pinball players out there.... I don't care if you put ruby slippers on your flippers, it aint gonna "create" a whole new generation of players....
A rebirth of pinball would mean arcades were growing, expanding, opening up, etc.
This next generation approaching middle age is the xbox/ps2 gang.... they are NOT going to be dropping $7-10K on one of these behemoths... even if they come out with a "One Direction Pinball machine."
I know this is an incredibly emotion time for pinball people (mostly WoZ buyers ), but lets not kid ourselves.... its a bubble.