A little over two years ago pinball was not even a thought nowhere in my mind.
Pinball came completely by accident to me.
About three years ago, because of my age (health), work, money and time, I had given up my hobby in dirt track stock car racing (but I still have all my gear, parts, trailer and a couple of race cars).
A couple of years ago I ran across someone who had a really nice looking F-14 Tomcat that had been sitting in their garage since 1998.
I told them that I remembered playing that machine as a youngster. they told me that it didn't work and that I should load it up and take it home with me.
Not knowing if $500 was too much for it or was a good deal, I took my chances and paid them the 500 they were asking.
I had it working that same evening and have bought 20 other pins since then....Don't hate me for saying this, but I don't really get that much out of playing pinball (I get enough play working on them).
Like others have said, they are pieces of art and I love that about them...and the gratification of getting them working and fixing them up.
I have come to realize that collecting pinball machines is an addiction, and the addiction is REAL!
Out of the few pins I have, so far, the F-14 is the most I have ever paid for one.
....Anyway, I guess you could say pinball is my new hobby and it's the "ART" that keeps me coming back for more.
Edit: And I might add, EM's do bring back childhood memories that I've never forgotten....the sounds of the chimes, bells and score reels