(Topic ID: 228497)

What is a good first pin?

By snowy_owl

5 months ago

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    #51 5 months ago

    Had a Roller Games in the family, brother owned it. Play is fun, and it has a nice Richie flow... but the song... oh my god that song... seriously, that song has been known to drive people to violence... he had the gun held to his head and was shaking like a martini and I just said “Roller Games?”, he just nodded and pulled the trigger... what a waste... damn shame.

    #52 5 months ago

    early bally solid state is a good starting place.

    tons of games (parts). tons of knowledge. play well. cheap(relative). easy to fix.

    #53 5 months ago

    Stargate is an absolutely wonderful first pin if you need something relatively inexpensive. We enjoyed our NBA Fastbreak also while we had it. So many great games the list is huge. We even had a lot of fun with our Space Invaders.

    #54 5 months ago

    Off the wall sleeper pin imo. Checkpoint.
    Drop targets, timed shots and shaker.
    Has a good layout and flow.

    Simple rule set only drawback.

    #55 5 months ago

    Um, has the OP chimed in / checked back?

    #56 5 months ago

    My Wife totally hit me off-guard when I retired,For Christmas that year she got me Stern "Galaxy"a 1970's SS! I was blown away,and they were fruitful and multiplied!! A early pin would be my choice for you! But don't overlook pins like "Riverboat Gambler" or that era,many fine pins already outlined here!! Good luck,have fun,B safe!!!!

    #57 5 months ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    My Wife totally hit me off-guard when I retired,For Christmas that year she got me Stern "Galaxy"a 1970's SS! I was blown away,and they were fruitful and multiplied!

    For every nagging,
    you want a what?,
    I don't think so, wife story
    this makes up for it.
    Again, outstanding!

    #58 5 months ago

    Unless you are extremely lucky, or only if you are highly knowledgable, if you buy a pin and don't like it, you will most likely lose money when you go to sell.

    So, study hard on what might appeal to you before you lay down your money. Take your time. Research.

    Go to Papa and watch pinball videos. I did that for at least 12 months before I bought my first pin. Early on, there were pins I thought I would like but as I continued watching something else caught my eye. Eventually, I found the direction I wanted to go and I found a bunch of keepers.

    You can find all kinds of good pins here. EMs. Early SS. DMDs.


    Go to youtube and watch pins vids. Sometimes you can find a good video to watch. Sometimes you cannot.

    #59 5 months ago

    It's been almost 10 years since we bought our last pin... kind of space limited at 4 cabinets, but 4 machines total was were HER limit.
    Operative word here, WAS. Seeing MBrLE at Expo changed that. My last machine was Family Guy at $3500 with only 250 plays on it, decent bargain for an almost NIB and the most I ever thought she would greenlight for a pin.

    Moral of the story, if you can get the wife interested and involved in buying your first pin, find the title that melts the purse strings... get the most bang out of that buck.

    Imagine my surprise on the second day of Expo, when the wife says "let's drop $8000 on a MBrLE". You never know what machine will do it for your significant other, but if you find the motherlode... run with it.

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