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What's the worst place you've seen a pin located at?


By spinpin

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I guess I am wondering from the perspective of the environment that the machine has to endure. Barring the crazy like a sauna, greenhouse, or Chuck E Cheese... where is the worst location you've found a pin at? I guess for me it would be a FH in the front of a pizza shop. The front of the store was all glass and the sun would beat on the one side of the cabinet and as you can imagine fading that side into oblivion.

    #2 2 years ago

    Unlevel and right side severly faded.

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    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Unlevel and right side severly faded.

    "Was working just recently. Needs a fuse. These sell for $8,000+ on eBay...."

    #4 2 years ago

    In a storage container not ever being enjoyed

    #5 2 years ago

    Ice cream parlour

    #6 2 years ago

    Dunno about worst, but the oddest place I've seen a working pin was in the front entrance of a wrecking yard.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from LeonSpinkx:

    Dunno about worst, but the oddest place I've seen a working pin was in the front entrance of a wrecking yard.

    Wouldn't be that odd if it was a junk yard.

    #8 2 years ago

    Midair off the TNT Amusements roof, and then onto the pavement. That type of intentional destruction is less excusable than someone putting one in a barn or storage that ends up deteriorating after time.

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Unlevel and right side severly faded

    Grab that beer keg in the background, you will need it for a rear support.

    #10 2 years ago

    Movie theater immediately next to a device where the customers could butter their own popcorn. The kids were resting their sodas on the machine glass while they buttered their popcorn.

    #11 2 years ago

    My wh2o being loaded_ into a pickup truck in my driveway. He said he was
    only coming to look at it.

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from Mfsrc791:

    In a storage container not ever being enjoyed

    I agree. I know a friend (or maybe even several, it doesn't seem uncommon in this hobby, but is usually shorter term which I find acceptable) who has many games in this situation and although he is my friend it did make me really sad as there is no "end year" in sight, been there for years upon years and likely will be there for years. I know they are just inanimate objects, but it is depressing to see history like that just sit around taken apart in the dark the same place every day with no change, every July 4th, every Christmas, every December 31st (when the rest of us are having parties or enjoying our machines with family or friends around these specific times), just in storage units or in storage elsewhere.

    I come back to the thought a lot, don't know why. Just makes me sad/depressed.

    I'll be storing some of my games myself since I've run out of room, but mine will be stored in anticipation of opening a pinball museum one day (so, with purpose, or at least a reasonable optimistic excuse) and I will also be rotating my collection out through it so everything gets played from time to time and loved. Also most of it will be heated in the back of my basement. They can still hear what's going on at least.

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    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from sevenrites:

    Midair off the TNT Amusements roof, and then onto the pavement. That type of intentional destruction is less excusable than someone putting one in a barn or storage that ends up deteriorating after time.

    Jesus Christ can we just let this go already, people still act as if he commited some great crime to humanity. Time to move on Bub.

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from no-extra-balls:

    Jesus Christ can we just let this go already

    Lol, sorry if you don't like my answer, but it's relevant to the question asked in this thread. In addition, many games are put in places that end up leading to damage that was unintended. People don't always think about sunlight fade, roofs in storage failing and leaking on games, humidity issues and etc., it's often careless or with little thought. The roof episode was intentional destruction.

    Quoted from no-extra-balls:

    people still act as if he commited some great crime to humanity.

    Have you ever inspected a machine they've "shopped"?

    I like Todd Tuckey, I think he's an incredible asset to the community, has a lot of knowledge and is fun to be around. But I don't agree with everything he or anyone else does 100%.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from sevenrites:

    Lol, sorry if you don't like my answer, but it's relevant to the question asked in this thread. In addition, many games are put in places that end up leading to damage that was unintended. People don't always think about sunlight fade, roofs in storage failing and leaking on games, humidity issues and etc., it's often careless or with little thought. The roof episode was intentional destruction.

    They were also mostly empty cabinets IIRC, this was like 4-6 years ago If you want to see real crimes to pinball, look to their competitor GRC, they part out and destroy working machines because it brings more money.

    Here is my Star-Jet they smashed, which I quickly bought all of the parts for after they had already cut them from the head harness. They also did the paint job over the original art. I have found less than 30 of these to still exist and it is a highly desirable title that a lot of people would love to own in any condition.

    They also did many more games, check the uploads.

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    look to their competitor GRC

    Ugh, I almost forgot about how annoying some of their antics have been to witness.

    #17 2 years ago

    I have seen a few hotels put pins in a nook or small room right by the swimming pool. It makes for a very humid room and a high probability of mixing electronics and water. Not smart!

    #18 2 years ago

    This caused pretty much of an outrage in the German pin community a few years ago - I still think it's hilarious how emotions went crazy.

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    #19 2 years ago

    St. Thomas. Kinda off the beaten path in a village called Frenchtown. I saw and played (sorta) a MB in an 'open air' bar. It was sitting next to a pool table and some slot machines. It was the kind of place where you don't touch anything because you might stick to it!! I say I sorta played it because the artwork was almost no longer visible through the dirt. One flipper worked. The translight was from a Champion Pub. The odd thing was about 5 years earlier, a Monster Bash and a Champion Pub were both in a very nice resort called Morning Star located about 3 miles away. Im convinced it was the same game. Yikes!!

    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Unlevel and right side severly faded.

    Mostly just dust thankfully.

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    Location looked even worse from a wide angle shot.

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    It did clean up well though for the finder and he got it for the best price possible - zero.

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    #21 2 years ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    I agree. I know a friend (or maybe even several, it doesn't seem uncommon in this hobby, but is usually shorter term which I find acceptable) who has many games in this situation and although he is my friend it did make me really sad as there is no "end year" in sight, been there for years upon years and likely will be there for years. I know they are just inanimate objects, but it is depressing to see history like that just sit around taken apart in the dark the same place every day with no change, every July 4th, every Christmas, every December 31st (when the rest of us are having parties or enjoying our machines with family or friends around these specific times), just in storage units or in storage elsewhere.
    I come back to the thought a lot, don't know why. Just makes me sad/depressed.
    I'll be storing some of my games myself since I've run out of room, but mine will be stored in anticipation of opening a pinball museum one day (so, with purpose, or at least a reasonable optimistic excuse) and I will also be rotating my collection out through it so everything gets played from time to time and loved. Also most of it will be heated in the back of my basement. They can still hear what's going on at least.

    If you want to open an arcade, you need to start saving now and try to refrain from buying any machines. I know it's tough but you'll be happier in the long run. I'm thinking of doing something similar and have already started scouting cheap locations.

    #22 2 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    If you want to open an arcade, you need to start saving now and try to refrain from buying any machines. I know it's tough but you'll be happier in the long run. I'm thinking of doing something similar and have already started scouting cheap locations.

    I see it as buying them now will save me from a HUGE bulk expense later and I get to have fun with it now too. Don't get me wrong, buying so many machines is for my home collection still and enjoying the hobby first and foremost right now DEFINITELY - the business thing is just my "excuse". (while still being a legitimate hope)

    A friend of mine opened an arcade with like 90 something arcade machines and 14 pinball machines, all pretty much really collectible stuff, a collection probably worth near 6 digits, but he's been collecting and KEEPING for like 11-12 years or something like that so it was just gradual and normal instead of having to save up for and shell out $100,000 just for games when you want to open an arcade, it was basically no expense to him because he already had the entire heart of his large arcade in the palm of his hand and paid for. It's still very much a dream for many years down the road - and I'd rather save for that using a nice salary to actually get somewhere rather than the spare change I get now especially since it is more of a long term goal, easy to get unmotivated. Getting new machines keeps me working hard.

    #23 2 years ago

    I've seen newer Stern machines setup in a pool-house that were trashed from the humid environment.

    Here's a pic from bitd of a true NY street operators location.

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    #24 2 years ago

    At several rest areas along the Mass Pike, tired looking pins are located just outside of the rest room areas. Never mind the gross-out factor that some truck driver who doesn't wash his hands might decide to play a game after dropping a load, but there really is something very creepy about seeing a guy playing a pin right next to a rest room area. One reason why I never use them.

    #25 2 years ago

    About 20 years ago, I was in an old operator's warehouse in Philly and the floor had caved in. There were Pins and Vids at the bottom of the hole that we couldn't get to. Probably the worst for me...

    #26 2 years ago

    Probably the gangster planet Sigma Iotia II. The place is a backwards, violent shithole.

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    #27 2 years ago
    Quoted from Twilight1:

    Dunno about worst, but the oddest place I've seen a working pin was in the front entrance of a wrecking yard.
    Wouldn't be that odd if it was a junk yard.

    Bizarrely enough I bought a Junk Yard once from a guy at a salvage yard!

    #28 2 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Unlevel and right side severly faded.

    Oh my god,that's a Safecracker

    #29 2 years ago
    Quoted from sanctumwear:

    I've seen newer Stern machines setup in a pool-house that were trashed from the humid environment.
    Here's a pic from bitd of a true NY street operators location.

    Cool picture. It appears the "Te LLamo" bodega that once housed these all-weather pins is now another crappy souvenier shop on St. Marks. The "Stomp" sign is the Orpheum Theater.

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    #30 2 years ago

    I've played more than one on a ferry boat, which I find hilarious every time.

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    I've played more than one on a ferry boat, which I find hilarious every time.

    I think I remember reading somewhere that's how Robert Gagno got started on pinball ....... cool story

    #32 2 years ago

    There was a Flintstones and a Namco Class of 1981 PacMan/Galaga in a bathroom at a bar in Asbury Park, NJ years ago.

    Dumb and disgusting at the same time.

    #33 2 years ago

    Attending an auction for an abandoned commercial premises that had been operating as a brothel (ahem full body massage parlour since they are illegal here) for 20 years and seeing a Simpsons Pinball Party in the main area with severe wear around the flipper buttons.

    Probably not much different than playing a pin in the local pub, given how unhygienic those places are on a typical Saturday night but kinda grose when you think about it.

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from canea:

    Bizarrely enough I bought a Junk Yard once from a guy at a salvage yard!

    What a find.

    #35 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinsanity:

    Attending an auction for an abandoned commercial premises that had been operating as a brothel (ahem full body massage parlour since they are illegal here) for 20 years and seeing a Simpsons Pinball Party in the main area with severe wear around the flipper buttons.
    Probably not much different than playing a pin in the local pub, given how unhygienic those places are on a typical Saturday night but kinda gross when you think about it.

    #37 2 years ago

    Those mostly look pretty cool and well done. I know that each piece is at the cost of a pinball machine's life, but they are beautiful corpses.

    #38 2 years ago

    Anybody else getting a "Will Ferrell and Tony Hawk (or maybe substitute with Steve Carell) love child" image from that guy's face? Is that mean?

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    #39 2 years ago

    Anybody remember the Holidome Holiday Inns?
    Concept was a big enclosed central courtyard with a pool, hot tub, amusement area surrounded by all the rooms.
    They always seemed to have pins and arcade games in the pool deck area, where the atmosphere was very damp and chlorine rich.
    Probably didn't work out well for the pins and arcade games.

    #40 2 years ago

    We went on a rafting trip many moons ago on the Youghiogheny River in WV. We stayed at a funky little campsite complex, that had a non-enclosed outdoor vending area, sporting a Gorgar machine... it actually didn't play too badly, but you could tell immediately that it was suffering from the elements - lots of dirt, grime and even moisture on the playfield.

    #41 2 years ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    Anybody remember the Holidome Holiday Inns?
    Concept was a big enclosed central courtyard with a pool, hot tub, amusement area surrounded by all the rooms.
    They always seemed to have pins and arcade games in the pool deck area, where the atmosphere was very damp and chlorine rich.
    Probably didn't work out well for the pins and arcade games.

    Wow, I do now! Family stayed at a Holidome in Ft. Collins, CO on vacation one year and they had a High Speed, which took most of my money and time. Worth it!

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