Well, I could write a novel on this subject. But since I don't want to lose anyone, I will try and keep this as short as possible.
Back in the late 70's my dad purchased a Nip-It pinball as a Christmas present. My brother and I played it to death and even learned to fix it on our own. Fast forward to the mid 90's, I am in Orlando for my wife's business conference. I am bored to death and head to the Arcade where they have only 1 pinball. Addams Family. I became obsessed with how great a game it was and knew that some day I would own one. I finally found one shopped out and ready to go for $1700 from some company in Michigan. Can't remember their name anymore.
That was the only pin I ever purchased shopped out ever again. I went direct to all my local route vendors and pretty much over the next few years bought out every single pin they had, fixed them up, kept some for awhile, and sold most of them. I lost count by now but it is well over 100 pinballs that have passed through my house.
I have also gotten into Virtual Pinball and built my own cabinet with over 130 tables on it.
I used to go to the big Pinball Fantasies show at the Riviera in Vegas every year.
Now I attend the Dallas and Houston shows only, but often go home with some trophies along with my son.
Love this hobby.