What’s the purpose of this blog?
Not so long ago, I developed “The Fever”. An obsession with pinball.
It starts out simply enough. You see someone with a restored pinball machine, and you think, “How in the world do they know how to do that?” So, you start reading and learning. And then you start watching auction or classifieds websites, and you find a pinball machine, dirt cheap, that doesn’t work. So you pick it up, and then you start learning what you need to do.
That’s great, but you continue to view the auction and classifieds websites, and pretty soon, there’s another one! And it’s a good price too! So you pick it up! And you continue to read and learn.
And the cycle continues… Until you’ve run out of space in your basement, and you realize that there are far more machines out there than you can possibly pick up. And enough machines in your basement to keep you busy for two years! And if you are married, your always patient and loving wife is being tested as pinball culture slowly begins to claw it’s way from the dark basement into the main level of the house. (“But honey, it’s only temporary until I get someone to help me move it downstairs.”)
And then there is the grail. It starts out like this: “I really want a Gorgar, from my youth. I could play that draining monster for free as much as I want.” You find your grail, and it’s immediately replaced by another: “Man, I’d really like to have one of those cool woodrail machines.”
If you don’t have The Fever yet: Stop! Don’t pick up that first machine. And then thank me for preventing you from falling into the world of pinball obsession!
If you have The Fever, and you are new to pinball restoration or pinball repair, then join me as I learn the “in’s and out’s” of the art. I’m sure as a newbie I’ll blow things as I learn. But maybe I can help you learn from my mistakes, or show you how to do something to save you time.
For you crusty old veterans out there, help us along! If you see me going down a rabbit hole, let me know! If you want to save those of us new to The Fever from frustration or wasted time, share your wisdom!
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