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$ 3,900

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For sale: The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard

Added: August 14th, 2019 Re-listed: 2 times (January 6th, 2020) Ended: February 10th, 2020
Condition: Fully shopped/refurbished

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Excellent machine. A player's machine with working blinders and excellent LED lighting. Playfield is superb, cabinet is excellent, backglass near perfect. Really a nice machine, ready to rock and roll. Who are you? Oh sorry, wrong The Who song era, but you know Tommy is the Pinball Wizard, he plays by sense of smell.

The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard (Tommy Pinball Machine) is based on the rock musical The Who's Tommy. The machine features twenty-one songs from the musical sung by original Broadway cast members. There is nothing like it. Cleaned, LED bulbs, and ready to play. Great backglass, playfield has extremely little wear, and the cabinet is in great condition. Plug it in and see if you are a Pinball Wizard.

"See it, feel it, touch it, play it, BUY IT!" "Tommy, a name that means pinball."

(The video is just to show game play, it is not my game. The pictures attached to this ad are of my actual game)
Game Features:
Flippers (3), Pop bumpers (3), Multiball (6). Flipper blinders extend from under metal apron to cover flipper area from player's view. Playfield Toys: Captain Walker's airplane and Raising/Lowering mirror.

Condition: Refurbished
Year Released: 1994
Dimensions: 29" W x 58" D x 77" H
Weight: 250 lbs

The Who's Tommy (or just Tommy for short) is a Data East machine, officially released early February 1994 at PAPA-4. IMHO it is one of the best DE games, and with Tales From The Crypt moving to 2nd place as best DE machine. Tommy is based on the Broadway show of the same name. One of the things that makes it great is that it is one of the few pinball machines with a pinball theme! Because of it's theme, I've included a synopsis of the story (see Section 3).

The pin is of standard DE (24") width. It has three flippers: the two normal ones, and a left side flipper similar in position to the side flipper in Funhouse. It has the standard triangular slingshots above each flipper, one inlane and one outlane on each side, and a dot-matrix display.

As with TFTC, this game is part of a new generation of DE machines, with a very well thought-out rule set and a good score balance (except perhaps the double super jackpot, but that is not easy to get at all.) It is a mode-based game, and modes can run concurrently as in JP, TAF, and TZ.

Tommy: The Story
The theme of this game is very well integrated; each mode, called a Union Jack (abbreviated UJ) feature represents one of the scenes in the play. The music played during the UJ also corresponds to that scene, and things like the Extra Ball are worked in really well. For those that haven't seen the Broadway play, or are not quite familiar with the story, here is a brief synopsis. Note that not all the scenes are represented in the game, but most have been. The names in parentheses represent the songs for the scene.

Act I
Overture: 1940: Against the backdrop of World War II appears a montage of the Walkers' meeting, courtship, marriage, Captain Walker's departure for the front and capture, and his internment in a POW camp. (Overture)

First Local Lad
Ever since I was a young boy,
I've played the silver ball,
From Soho down to Brighton,
I must have played them all.
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall.
That dead, dumb, and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!
Second Local Lad
He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers,
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall,
That deaf, dumb and blind kid ...
... Sure plays a mean pinball!
Cousin Kevin and the Two Lads
He's a pinball wizard.
There has to be a twist.
A pinball wizard,
S'got such a supple wrist.
How do you think he does it?
I don't know
What makes him so good?
Cousin Kevin
He ain't got no distractions;
Can't hear those buzzers and bells.
Don't see no lights a-flashing
He plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay,
`N' never tilts at all,
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid ...
... Sure plays a mean pinball!!
I thought I was
The Bally table king ...
... but I just handed
My pinball crown to him.
How do you think he does it?
I don't know.
What makes him so good?
Even at my favorite table,
He can beat my best.
The kids all lead him in
And he just does the rest.
He's got crazy flipper fingers;
Never seen him fall.
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid ...
... Sure plays a mean pinball!

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