I'm planning on getting my first pinball machine in the next few weeks and wanted somebody to walk me through the ends and outs of moving a pinball machine.
If there is a good article on this I can't find it. The logical steps I'm thinking are:
Plan would be to meet the seller and try out their machine to verify everything works before I buy it. Do final negotiations and pay in cash to protect both parties. With seller, pick up and physically move pinball machine outside their house. Remove brackets from the backglass and fold top of pinball machine onto body, with moving blankets in-between. Remove back legs from pinball machine, physically picking up rear of pinball machine and sliding into back of minivan. Remove front legs of pinball machine. Secure machine with towels and or bungee cords as appropriate. Drive the minimum speed limit on the biggest and smoothest highway I can find back to my house. Attach straps to pinball machine to prevent pinball machine top from opening from bottom. Slide pinball machine out of car so it is standing on it's back. With a friend, slide pinball machine onto moving dolly and secure to moving dolly. Wheel pinball machine into my basement (hill, no stairs). Slowly tilt pinball machine onto it's bottom. Add rear legs. Prop up against stool while adding front legs. Re-attach back bracket to machine. Plug in machine and hope it works. Do whatever diagnosis I can of machine. Fix as appropriate and enjoy.
If I'm missing anything, you have any tips or can point me to any tips please let me know.