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Would you want a row of great EM's or "A list" SS/DMDs


By embryonjohn

2 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by presqueisle
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    #1 2 years ago

    I couldn't care less about the dollar value or bling factor. EMs just have that touch of history, art & attainable rule sets that've made my conversion to EMs complete.
    Any thoughts?
    If you side with the newer tables, tell me what I'm now missing.

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    #3 2 years ago

    Row of EM pins please.

    #4 2 years ago

    I finally cracked the 1975 barrier with Volley. I love EM's, only have one SS machine on my wish list and its a hybrid. I think I enjoy working on EM's more than playing them. This machine took awhile and learned a lot from it

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    #5 2 years ago

    I went with both. It's too bad most people new to the hobby dismiss EMs

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    #6 2 years ago

    Lots of black in SS machines. So much, they almost look the same.

    #7 2 years ago

    What I am working towards; a row of EMs, a row of SS, a row of sys 11s, a row of WPC titles and a row of SAM Stern's
    Not sure how it will all fit, but I can dream

    #8 2 years ago

    I think you were reading my mind, John.

    It's easy to get swept into that "Only B/W DMDs are good" hype, but as my collection matures, and I play more games, I've found myself returning to EMs more and more.

    As my buddy says: "Electromechanical games are just classy as F***."

    He's right. The art, the sounds, and the raw simplicity make these games absolute gems. Like classic cars, they'll never go out of style.

    #9 2 years ago

    I really dig EMs because they smell so awesome after they've been on for a while. Oh and they look, play and sound fantastic as well.

    #10 2 years ago

    And I grew up playing SS.

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    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from embryonjohn:

    I couldn't care less about the dollar value or bling factor. EMs just have that touch of history, art & attainable rule sets that've made my conversion to EMs complete.
    Any thoughts?
    If you side with the newer tables, tell me what I'm now missing.

    Hey - I don't see Old Chicago in that lineup. Did you part with it?

    #13 2 years ago

    I am in the both camp. My first 2 games were EM- then SS then 2 more EM and now another SS... I feel like the early SS Bally games (in particular) can compete with the best EM artwork and they fit really well together. Love this combo. I have played enough "Class A" 90's pins to appreciate what they offer- but the EM and SS era is very very hard to beat. Simple rules- serious pinball. None of the good games are easy or anything close to it. They challenge you every time.

    #14 2 years ago

    Love my a list lineup....wldnt have it any other way

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from embryonjohn:

    If you side with the newer tables, tell me what I'm now missing

    Ramps, lights, music, voices, light shows, intricate rules, speed, magnets, interesting mechanical toys and features, excitement, fun ...

    #16 2 years ago

    A row of all 19 Ted Zale designed 'zipper flipper' EMs. The ability to find them all in superb-collector quality condition is over 1000x harder than any single modern machine of any type, if you are a collector, not just a player, owner, or enthusiast.

    In fact, I only know two people that have them all, and only one that has all 30 that used the feature exclusively.

    #17 2 years ago

    Both.

    Em's are part of history and when well designed, are totally addictive.

    I have a 1950's Gottlieb woodrail row ( pre 1955 ) - superbly designed games with complex rulesets ( for an em ) so that there are multiple ( 3 - 6 ) ways to win and many games have jackpots ( wizard modes for 50's ).

    And to compliment - a row of Sterns as love the speed and modern rulesets. i.e SM, TRON, TWD, MET, AC/DC, IM. ( Lyman magic ).

    Oh and AFM because it's just awesome!

    #18 2 years ago

    All!

    I have majority modern DMDs, but I also have EM, SS and Alpha Numerics.

    #19 2 years ago

    The different eras of Pinball appeal to different people and that is what makes pinball great.
    I love my own lineup (all DMDs and P2Ks) but I enjoy seeing different pin collections.

    #20 2 years ago

    Turning on the power to a row of EMs kinda feels like being a kid on Xmas. And if you're lucky you can do it every day!

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