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I love em'! For me pinball is 90% nostalgia based and the arcade i spent the most time at growing up had mainly all the 80B and early system 11 games. So i got a chance to play most of these when they were brand new, or still super new!
I went through an 80B phase about 15 years ago when you could pick them up for practically nothing....sold them off....went through a system 11 phase, and i'm back to 80B. Way more pricey now in comparison, but still obtainable for close to a grand or under if you search and don't mind doing some work to them. These are my latest 2. I picked up Arena about 2 months ago, followed by Bad Girls about a month later. I love how odd the layouts are on these. It makes having a small collection easier to swallow. Both great games, both completely different beasts. Arena was solid and well cared for, Bad girls needed re pinning of most of the connectors but squeaky clean and probably has the best condition playfield on this title I've seen in a long time! I was also able to grab NOS translites for them both!
On the lookout for a cheap Gold Wings next!
Gottliebs are like finally getting to those last two Black Sabbath albums no one ever mentions because everything before them is so bloody brilliant.
Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die are still Sabbath albums with Ozzy much like Gottliebs are still pinball machines.
Play your System 11, your Williams, your Sterns, Master of Reality or Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath.
But when you’re hungry for something you haven’t had yet, drop a needle on side two of Technical Ecstasy (c’mon... All Moving Parts Stand Still or Dirty Women? They rock) or drop two quarters in Hollywood Heat, Barbwire or Stargate.
Because nothing sucks if it’s Pinball or Sabbath.
Speaking of which, I’m aggressively trying to find a nice Shaq Attaq Playfield. This is my periodic plea to the parts hoarders or those willing to admit they will never make that swap. The patient is dissembled and awaiting the transplant.
And the guitar solo on Shock Wave (Never Say Die) is killer.
I had to move my 80b's into the dining room at one point when I needed room for something else temporarily.
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