Just wondering if anyone else owns a pinball machine or is into collecting/restoring, etc?
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.
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
Originally Posted by Turbio!
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.
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.
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
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.
I LOVE pinball machines. I currently own an EM Williams, "San Francisco.”
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
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.
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.
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)