Tz is my first pin. Bought it earlier this year in spring. I always wanted my own pin since I was a child, and was looking to buy one as my last purchase as an unmarried man. Took my fiancé (now wife) to the Texas pinball festival last year so we could play lots of different machines in person and see was i could afford. There were so many! We really got a good sense of what we liked.
When the night was over, TZ was not only my favorite but hers as well. She liked it so much she recommended I just save up more money and go big with TZ rather than settle for something we would just trade later. The wedding and honeymoon were already paid for at that point, and I already had a house for her to move into. A few paychecks later and some fiercely frugal living and I got a wonderfully clean and non-faded TZ for what I felt was a fair price. All it needed was a few tweaks, but was 100% functional. We got married a month later, and my wife takes pride in the fact I keep the machine in beautiful shape and working order.
Currently I'm working on a mod that will turn the 545 bulb slots into self-blinking led slots. That way I can stick any 555 replacement led into the slot and it will blink with a fade-in/fade out like real 545 bulbs (there seems to be no 545 LEDs with a fading function. Not even noflix plus). I have the circuit done and breadboarded, so all I have to do now is start building the PCB.
Btw, so anyone with incandescent 545 bulbs tell me the ballpark period at which they blink? My circuit is currently designed to a period of 3 secs more or less.