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What is a needed service in the pinball industry that's not available.


By Glycerin

76 days ago



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    #6 76 days ago

    Playfield swap services
    Services that CNC cabinet flat packs and/or build & prep new cabinets. Not just WPC cabinets, but various manufacturers, years, and titles.
    CNC playfield service for custom games
    Someone who can remake lockbars that are NLA. From what I've read, this is incredibly difficult, even in China. Also, metal legs that are NLA.
    Service for creating/bending/water jet cutting various metal brackets, cages, etc.
    Injection molding service for various plastic parts that are NLA.
    Vacuuforming & ramps on demand, though various individuals and companies have been supplying the community with various items.
    Playfield decals on demand to cover commonly worn areas, especially for non A-list/WPC games.
    Playfield plastics on demand for custom games/re-themes or originals plastics that haven't been remade and probably won't ever be remade.
    Various bumper pads for ramps and other odd-shaped specific uses on the playfield.

    A lot of these would be nice to have, but costs make them very prohibitive (such as for milling aluminum molds).

    #13 76 days ago
    Quoted from sataneatscheese:

    Professional playfield, cabinet, and backglass grading service.
    Fake Example: I have a Jurassic Park up for sale with the following mods: x,y,z. It is ZTT rated as a 9.2 playfield, 9.5 back glass, and 5.2 cabinet.

    A appraisal service in general might be interesting. It might also be helpful for insurance coverage for collectibles.

    #16 76 days ago
    Quoted from dothedoo:

    I've quoted people $600 + parts. No takers yet. Anymore, I'm not sure I'd even do it for that.

    I have an STTNG that probably needs a swap. Sounds like a bargain to me

    #65 75 days ago
    Quoted from smalltownguy2:

    There is absolutely ZERO probability that I would ever purchase a brand new pin that was assembled by anyone other than the OEM.
    I can't believe this is even an idea.

    There are a lot of people who like to build things and put things together as a hobby. Some people who aren't designers/artists who might not want to design and build a game *completely* from scratch might just enjoy putting a pre-designed game together.

    #95 74 days ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    Not a service but I've always thought a pinball housing community would be cool. Kind of like a golf course community but with just the club house that each neighbor would set up and maintain a few machines that everyone could enjoy. Also a series of sidewalks connecting the homes where people could move their machines for sale, trade or temporary loans to each home collection.
    Not likely to happen but fun to consider.

    There are a few pinball co-ops/clubs throughout the northeast with a central location for people to bring and setup games.

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