Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:32 pm

Just wondering if anyone out there collects pinball machines? If you do, what have you got?
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby CrackHoar » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:53 pm

Have Terminator 2 and Love it.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:18 am

Good stuff. T2 is a cool machine.

Anyone else?????
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby Ken » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:08 pm

I wish I had an Addams Family one. One day!!!!
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby g-mantrix » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:32 pm

I'd love a Galaga
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:33 pm

Addams Family still demands big bucks. They aren't that easy to find either.

For something like a Galaga machine, have a look at coin operated on eBay. There are plenty of arcade machines with 60 in 1 boards which have a stack of classic games from the 80's on them. Great for the man cave as are pinnies.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby HzSandman » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:10 pm

I'd love T2! I remember playing that as a kid at the local video store
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby cam » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:28 pm

What does a pinball machine go for these days?
I looked into getting one years ago but never got around to it.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:06 am

cam wrote:What does a pinball machine go for these days?
I looked into getting one years ago but never got around to it.


Pinball machines range from about $1500 up to $10k+. That is for a machine that should be fully working. Cheaper machines normally have issues or are classed as project machines.

Very similar to cars and boats really. It depends on the title, condition, rarity and the like. There are always machines on eBay but the prices are typically very inflated.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby kano » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:37 pm

We have a Batman machine, it has Kim Bassinger and Michael Keaton on it so whatever movie that was. Hasn't been used in years and it had a few minor problems - flippers not working properly, blown globes, ball lock not operating correctly. I've been meaning to get it from my parents and take it home to repair and use since it's doing nothing. It seems like a good one to play in terms of the features it has however I've not played many others
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:30 pm

kano wrote:We have a Batman machine, it has Kim Bassinger and Michael Keaton on it so whatever movie that was. Hasn't been used in years and it had a few minor problems - flippers not working properly, blown globes, ball lock not operating correctly. I've been meaning to get it from my parents and take it home to repair and use since it's doing nothing. It seems like a good one to play in terms of the features it has however I've not played many others


PInball machines are a bit like boats. Leave them sitting around not being used can cause more problems. The biggest possible issue you may have is battery leakage which can destroy the MPU board if you are unlucky. If the board/s are OK, the problems you mentioned can all be fixed.

If you are interested in selling the machine let me know but if you want to get it going again let me know and I can try to steer you in the right direction and find a good tech that won't rip you off.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby Robm » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:02 am

Yep, i'm a pinball tragic.

Got about 25 machines at the moment, 8 fully working and set up in my games room, and another heap in the shed needing restoration and repair. I've gone the whole hog with some, building new cabinets, replacing almost everything inside and repairing all the boards.

They are a heap of fun, and my young fella loves playing them with dad.

At the moment i am building a really collectable one (Medieval Madness) from parts

Had ABC radio come over a few weeks ago and did a mini clip about my collection, hopefully i didn't come across as too much of a nerd...
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:45 pm

Robm wrote:Yep, i'm a pinball tragic.

Got about 25 machines at the moment, 8 fully working and set up in my games room, and another heap in the shed needing restoration and repair. I've gone the whole hog with some, building new cabinets, replacing almost everything inside and repairing all the boards.

They are a heap of fun, and my young fella loves playing them with dad.

At the moment i am building a really collectable one (Medieval Madness) from parts

Had ABC radio come over a few weeks ago and did a mini clip about my collection, hopefully i didn't come across as too much of a nerd...
https://open.abc.net.au/explore/38jg5gi


You're on AP yeah?
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby Robm » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:31 pm

Yeah mate, same user name
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:45 pm

Robm wrote:Yeah mate, same user name


Yeah it all clicked when you mentioned the possum machine :lol:
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby batty » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:45 am

i would love to get a machine for the man cave….where would you guys recommend buying from?
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby beamn » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:41 am

Through a member of a forum like Aussie Pinball is probably the safest and cheapest option. A lot of retailers are nothing better than used car salesmen.
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Re: Anyone Here Into Pinball Machines As Well?

Postby Robm » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:29 pm

Yep. Buying from a collector is your best bet. Generally ebay machines are overpriced and under described. Also realise that many of these are 20yr old machines and will need periodic repair and maintenance.

I have sold a few machines locally and always say I will help sort out any issues in the first few months. Hopefully there are other guys out there thay will do the same thing
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