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      01-27-2010 06:14 PM #1
      Just wondering if anyone else owns a pinball machine or is into collecting/restoring, etc?

    2. 01-28-2010 12:25 PM #2
      yes and yes. dont have pics right now.
      .:dubnoxious:.

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      01-28-2010 06:53 PM #3
      Yes and Yes. I dont own it yet cause my uncle is VERY protective of it, but i will own it someday. I played the hell out of it as a child.

      Looks like this but it is the Italian version.

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      and it is fully restored because my uncle's cousin owns an arcade rapair shop in Italy.


      Modified by Manu44 at 5:55 PM 1-28-2010

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    4. 01-30-2010 09:10 AM #4
      hey, nice gottlieb machine. ive got a gottlieb SUPER ORBIT.
      .:dubnoxious:.

    5. 01-30-2010 03:35 PM #5
      I'm waiting to get 10k or so to get Monster Bash. My absolute favorite pinball EVER! That and I'd like to own Fish Tales.

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      01-30-2010 05:41 PM #6
      A good friend has Big Brave restored.

      It's more fun to compete!


    7. 01-30-2010 05:48 PM #7
      10k for a pinball machine? what is it, collectors? thats a lot of dough. my favorites are fun house (stern) and haunted house (gottlieb)

      i see monster bash on ebay for 6k...but still, WOW.

      .:dubnoxious:.

    8. 01-30-2010 05:55 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by DantheVWman »
      10k for a pinball machine? what is it, collectors? thats a lot of dough. my favorites are fun house (stern) and haunted house (gottlieb)

      i see monster bash on ebay for 6k...but still, WOW.

      Yeah, there are different objectives for you to do, each one you do adds a monster to your band, and once you collect them all, you get a concert...Monster Bash. It is amazing.


    9. 01-31-2010 11:07 AM #9
      I'd love to own Bride of Pinbot.

      That game RULED.

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      01-31-2010 04:48 PM #10
      Monster Bash is a great game. You can get nice working machines for $4,500. 10K is way too much. This game is very popular, not that many were made, and it was one of the last Williams games produced, hence the high price. Many games from 1987 and earlier can be had for less than $900.

      I have Haunted House, Gorgar, Indiana Jones, Dracula, and Black Knight right now.


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      01-31-2010 05:25 PM #11
      I've got a 1982 Bally Ms. Pac-Man. It was given to me when I was a kid by my grandfather. I'm not so much into restoring or even collecting, but it still works I really enjoy it.

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      01-31-2010 06:57 PM #12
      Bally Ms Pac-man the pinball or video game?

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      01-31-2010 07:00 PM #13
      Bride of Pinbot is a great game. I had the original Pinbot for a few years but traded it for something else.

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      01-31-2010 11:39 PM #14
      I play a mean pinball
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      02-01-2010 12:35 AM #15
      My family owned a sweet original Gottlieb Eldorado until we thought my parents would have to move. It was sold to a friend of the family, but I have many fond memories of bouncing that silver ball around the playing field.


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      02-01-2010 09:50 AM #16
      I adore pinball more than most things in life.

      I've been dying to have the extra bread to pick up a game. My uncle worked for Williams as the head engineer for many years and took part in making (IMO) some of the best machines of all time.

      Here is a link to him on ipdb
      http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?...utsch


      He had about 10 machines in his basement while we where growing up and they hosted a family party each year for Christmas that was pretty much the highlight of my winter.

      Hopefully i'll be able to find myself a used machine around here that doesn't kill me on the cost. I want Adam's Family, but I don't know that I'll be able to afford it ever.


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      02-01-2010 11:20 AM #17
      been in the fam for a long time.


      not my pic but here is the same one online

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      02-01-2010 12:03 PM #18
      I LOVE pinball machines. I currently own an EM Williams, "San Francisco.”


      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD7p1Quwzms
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...lated
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      If I ever get some free cash I'll get "Fish Tales" as my next machine.


      Modified by SivNiz at 2:54 PM 2-1-2010


    19. 02-01-2010 01:27 PM #19
      so cool to see how many people still love pinball. i went to the expo this past year in october in wheeling,il. played about 60+ machines. my wrists were actually TIRED by the end...it was soo cool.

      ill post pics of my cousins collecton when he gets his basement finished, but i just recently purchased a street fighter 2 machine and a caveman machine (caveman is RARE)...so im excited to see what it all looks like setup. i think he has around 12 machines total.

      adding to what sleeps said, without taking any thunder, my uncle was the president of Gottlieb/Premiere pinball from the late 80's until their sell-off in the 90's. i grew up beating all my cousins friends (10 years+ older then me) as a kid sitting on a stool in front of the machines they had. i hope to have a collection too some day, but for now im gona work on restoring the one i have and then adding as i find the ones i want.

      .:dubnoxious:.

    20. 02-01-2010 01:59 PM #20

      I've always wanted one, but just never had the money, location, or desire-to-maintain to buy one.

      Maybe someday I'll see if I can find something cheap just because. How hard is to actually keep a simple, common, unit up and running and functional?


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      02-01-2010 02:50 PM #21
      I go to the rocky mountain pinball showdown every year. Its pretty sweet, for $20 you get to play 100+ machine for free all day and all night

      http://www.pinballshowdown.com/

      about 1 week away!


      Modified by SivNiz at 3:05 PM 4-14-2010


    22. 02-01-2010 04:48 PM #22
      Another pinball lover here. Unfortunatly I don't own any machines. I have to make do with the tables I can play on the PS3.

    23. 02-05-2010 07:25 PM #23
      this is not my actual machine, but its the one i have...

      need to get the pop bumper boards..either re-build them or replace. its about a $20 difference per board, and there are 3 of them

      .:dubnoxious:.

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      02-05-2010 11:34 PM #24
      Hi Dan. Where will you get the pop bumper boards? I may have some...

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      02-05-2010 11:37 PM #25
      Here are a few pics of my games that are set up.





      Modified by phingding at 7:53 PM 2-5-2010


    26. 02-06-2010 04:59 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by phingding »
      Here are a few pics of my games that are set up.

      I'll admit it, I don't get jealous of much in these forums, including the guys with the exotics (or kids who get it all handed to them), but for once.. I am.

      Although, before I realized it was a mirror, I kinda thought you had a problem letting go of childhood.


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      02-06-2010 06:14 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by phingding »
      Bally Ms Pac-man the pinball or video game?

      Pinball of course, this is what this thread is about!


    28. 02-06-2010 08:15 PM #28
      WTH, you have TWO haunted houses? gimme gimme!
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      02-06-2010 08:54 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by DantheVWman »
      WTH, you have TWO haunted houses? gimme gimme!


      Look closer, there's a mirror.


    30. 02-06-2010 09:31 PM #30
      hhahahahahahahahaha

      .:dubnoxious:.

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      02-08-2010 01:38 PM #31
      71,000 free play on Indiana Jones

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      02-08-2010 01:48 PM #32
      Saves the time of opening it and hitting the coin button?

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      02-08-2010 03:02 PM #33
      71,000 is just the last score that was posted. It has nothing to do with free play. I have the machine set for free play now but usually set it for coins. I have a change machine which adds to the arcade feel.

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      02-08-2010 03:18 PM #34
      In response to 54-46, I don't have as much invested in these games as it might seem. I buy them non-working and run-down and restore to them to like new myself. I repair all the circuit boards (soldering bench), cabinet, all parts cosmetic and mechanical. It is a fun hobby and allows me to collect games affordably. Buying machines 100% working and fully restored would be too costly. It also allows me to trade restored games for multiple project games. Moving the games is not fun at 350 lbs.

      Games I have that are waiting to be restored are Xenon, Black Knight, Cyclone, Comet, Centaur, and some cocktail and upright video games.

      Yes, there is a mirror and I guess there is a bit of childhood nostalgia going on. It is great to walk in this room and feel like I am not in my home anymore but in a mini arcade. Nostalgia fully kicks in with some 80's music, New Coke from the soda machine, and some offensively short 80's shorts (j/k)


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      02-08-2010 03:36 PM #35
      Also, to answer your other question, once you get a machine working and bullet-proofed electronically, it is quite reliable. You will need to adjust some switches once in awhile but nothing too bad.

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