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(Canada.com)   When you're feeling blue, remember that you're not Eden Stamm. "He lives in a 630-square-foot apartment with six pinball machines"   (calgaryherald.com) divider line 76
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2009-07-09 01:05:12 PM  
megain.smugmug.com
 
2009-07-09 01:13:30 PM  
From the bathroom to the kitchen, I must've played 'em all
 
2009-07-09 01:15:37 PM  
The deaf dumb blind kid?
 
2009-07-09 01:15:40 PM  
"He lives in a 630-square-foot apartment with six pinball machines, only three of which are actually working."

Sounds about right. They're a colossal pain in the ass to maintain... especially since they are no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.
 
2009-07-09 01:15:51 PM  
"If there were other things I wanted to do that I thought were important in my life, I'd be doing them. But there isn't anything I need to do to make life important or worthy for me."



I am heading to the gym in 26 minutes...
 
2009-07-09 01:15:52 PM  
YAY!!! Pinball thread!!!!!

Banzai Run
Space Invaders
Black Hole
Haunted House
Jokerz!
Gold Wings
Flash Gordon

More to come!!!!!
 
2009-07-09 01:16:44 PM  
Lord of the Rings and Monster Bash FTW!!!
 
2009-07-09 01:16:54 PM  
Does he need a roommate?

I'll bring my own quarters and sleep under one of the machines.
 
2009-07-09 01:17:26 PM  
the boobies, they hypnotized him . . . FTA "bride of pinbot."
 
2009-07-09 01:18:08 PM  
powerman2424: YAY!!! Pinball thread!!!!!

Banzai Run
Space Invaders
Black Hole
Haunted House
Jokerz!
Gold Wings
Flash Gordon

More to come!!!!!


Jack*Bot
Dr. Who
High Speed 2
Twilight Zone
Star Trek

I'd have a garage full if I could afford it.
 
2009-07-09 01:18:31 PM  
He has another six machines in his building's recreation room, free for other residents to use.

I wish I was Eden Stamm. He seems like a pretty cool guy. Except for the pizza dude job.
 
2009-07-09 01:19:45 PM  
FTFA: "I gave it a chance and, the next thing you know, it became a huge part of my life," he said.

and what a fantastic life that must be.
 
2009-07-09 01:21:25 PM  

Sounds about right. They're a colossal pain in the ass to maintain... especially since they are no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.


Pretty sure STERN is still making games.

But agreed, I have 4 games in my house, only one of which is working at the moment.
 
2009-07-09 01:21:31 PM  
AmazingRuss: "He lives in a 630-square-foot apartment with six pinball machines, only three of which are actually working."

Sounds about right. They're a colossal pain in the ass to maintain... especially since they are no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.

FTFY

As far as I know Stern is still manufactuing them, just checked their website and it's still there.
 
2009-07-09 01:22:09 PM  
pinbot or this guy is a loser
 
2009-07-09 01:22:35 PM  
"If there were other things I wanted to do that I thought were important in my life, I'd be doing them. But there isn't anything I need to do to make life important or worthy for me."

I could totally hang with this dude.
 
2009-07-09 01:23:16 PM  
Gonzo317: AmazingRuss: "He lives in a 630-square-foot apartment with six pinball machines, only three of which are actually working."

Sounds about right. They're a colossal pain in the ass to maintain... especially since they are no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.
FTFY

As far as I know Stern is still manufactuing manufacturing them, just checked their website and it's still there.


Fixed that myself
 
2009-07-09 01:24:15 PM  
Have to second the LOTR. Also:

Theatre of Magic
Attack from Mars (although the sequel with the 3D screens was too fancypants for me)
 
2009-07-09 01:25:20 PM  
Silly Hero!
 
2009-07-09 01:26:00 PM  
I must be a pinball geek, I read the article only to find out which six machines.

/disapointed
//Would love Twilight Zone . . . but Ms. can't seem to see the value in owning one.
 
2009-07-09 01:26:14 PM  
Since we're listing games:

World Cup Soccer
Whirlwind
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (original sample game/prototype, sold to me by a Data East/Sega developer)
Take Five (made by Allied, 1977[?] cocktail)
Nip It! (1972 electromechanical)

I guess that's 5, not 4. I don't usually count Take Five because I'm using it as a coffee table :-)
 
2009-07-09 01:27:05 PM  
Addams Family!
 
2009-07-09 01:28:22 PM  
I have 656 square feet and zero pinball machines.

I need to at least get a Street Fighter II cabinet to keep up.
 
2009-07-09 01:28:30 PM  
And to join in the fun

Road Race - Gottlieb 1967 which I fixed myself.
 
2009-07-09 01:31:13 PM  
Addams Family is the only pinball game you need.
 
2009-07-09 01:31:16 PM  
Allaran: Addams Family!

this
 
2009-07-09 01:36:49 PM  
My games:

South Park - My first and still favorite
Mario Andretti
Cue Ball Wizard

In process of being rebuilt:

Diner

Stern is still making machines, and there are several companies out there making replacement parts still. I was able to get a complete NOS (New Old Stock) set of playfield plastics for the Mario Andretti. It was in really bad shape, and I tore it down to the playfield and rebuilt it. Plays and looks amazing now.
Need to get new plastics for my South Park. It's just expensive.

/Being a pinhead is a sickness
//Love being sick tho
///Want more
////Slashies!
 
2009-07-09 01:37:15 PM  
merkey88: Allaran: Addams Family!

this


We skipped many a high school day to play Addams Family ("It's the....MAMUSKA!") and Jurassic Park, with the t-rex that would "eat" your ball.
 
2009-07-09 01:37:48 PM  
I'd put this one in my basement....mmmm Pinball
www.uberreview.com
 
2009-07-09 01:38:12 PM  
"Out to the cemetery, come on everybody!" My uncle has that machine. Family parties aren't so bad.
 
2009-07-09 01:39:50 PM  
I think we can all agree that Guns 'N' Roses pinball is the greatest pinball game EVER.
 
2009-07-09 01:41:17 PM  
Flogster: I must be a pinball geek, I read the article only to find out which six machines.

/disapointed
//Would love Twilight Zone . . . but Ms. can't seem to see the value in owning one.


You'd ultimately be disappointed unless you like repairing it. I own one and I think I spend as much time fixing it as I do playing it.

Under-powered power supply causes the CPU to reset randomly, intermittent connectors on the main board, numerous mechanisms that get misaligned, sensors that go dead for no reason, some lamps for it are no longer available and don't even think about finding replacements for broken plastic parts.

It IS a fun machine, but it seems like I'm fixing something on it every week and something major every couple of months. Currently I'm waiting on parts to replace all the connectors to the main CPU board. The original ones are brittle and cracking to pieces.

I am lucky in that my wife loves pinball. If we had room for a second she'd like either one of the Pinbot series or a Cyclone.
 
2009-07-09 01:42:03 PM  
Stern has been putting out some good machines lately but it just seems that they are trying to pack too much on the playfield, and too many challenges......
Elvis is a fun one, but Monoply and Austin Powers were too convoluted with too many challenges....

One of my all time favorites is Monday Night Football
and everything that Data East put out in the late 80's and 90's

Here is a great pinball link:
http://www.ipdb.org/

And this one...although it hasn't been updated in a while:
http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/~frenzy/pinlinks/games/games.htm
 
2009-07-09 01:44:21 PM  
Elvira's Pinball Boob Quest (NSFW Language, Pops)
 
2009-07-09 01:44:28 PM  
Cyclone, I would love to have one. Maybe I can talk my wife into it once the kids are a little older.
 
2009-07-09 01:45:35 PM  
sometime ago I was hooked on Bride of Pinbot, we were close.
 
2009-07-09 01:53:03 PM  
My older cousin was a pinball wizard back in the day (now he's just a drunk) and we'd go to the bowling alley to play and he'd play for maybe 30 minutes and rack up so many free balls and points that we little kids could play for the rest of the night for free.

He's also Canadian...hmmmm.
 
2009-07-09 01:53:06 PM  
I had pinbot for the NES. Man, that was a good game.
 
2009-07-09 01:55:47 PM  
tricycleracer: I have 656 square feet and zero pinball machines.

I need to at least get a Street Fighter II cabinet to keep up.


Just fixed up an old SFAlpha3 cabinet into a MAME cab. Sooo awesome.
 
2009-07-09 01:58:51 PM  
Would like to have a Whitewater machine...
 
2009-07-09 02:01:04 PM  
Anybody in southern Ontario who wouldn't mind lending their machine for a production of Tommy this fall? They're the only things on my set design list that I can't make or find. Even if they don't work, I could use them! A pool table would be good, too.

/thank goodness for that soundtrack, it helps clear the MJ earworms
 
2009-07-09 02:12:23 PM  
That sounds awesome. Reading the thread it seems that pinball machines are a pain to maintain. I still want a few one day, but could someone who owns them rate the pain of maintenance on a scale of 1 to 5?
 
2009-07-09 02:13:23 PM  
AmazingRuss: "He lives in a 630-square-foot apartment with six pinball machines, only three of which are actually working."

Sounds about right. They're a colossal pain in the ass to maintain... especially since they are no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.


Wrong - Stern is still in business and is producing pins. Lots of parts are available for them as well.
 
2009-07-09 02:13:52 PM  
Hyatus: tricycleracer: I have 656 square feet and zero pinball machines.

I need to at least get a Street Fighter II cabinet to keep up.

Just fixed up an old SFAlpha3 cabinet into a MAME cab. Sooo awesome.


There's a guy near me on St. Pete Beach that fixes up old cabinets. Had a restored SF2 for $500 a year or so ago. I should have grabbed it when I could have.
 
2009-07-09 02:15:50 PM  
A pinball thread with no mention of Funhouse yet? For shame!
 
2009-07-09 02:16:35 PM  
My father owns a Lucky Seven (Lucky Seven) electro-mechanical he has spent the last few months repairing. He only found out yesterday one of the springs had become too tight.

Typical really.
 
2009-07-09 02:17:20 PM  
DarkLancelot: That sounds awesome. Reading the thread it seems that pinball machines are a pain to maintain. I still want a few one day, but could someone who owns them rate the pain of maintenance on a scale of 1 to 5?

It varies from pin to pin. Something like a Star Trek The Next Generation is a nuisance, but most games are reliable enough for the average person. It all depends upon if the game has a design flaw or not, but we usually fix those. There are manufacturing problems with pretty much every pin, which isn't surprising given the complexity.

BTW, If you want to play pinball in Portland Oregon, we have 27 on the floor currently, and just added a Cirqus Voltaire:

Ground Kontrol (new window)

All told, I think we've got a total of an additional 60 pins that aren't on the floor (not all are working).
 
2009-07-09 02:18:28 PM  
GOLIATH/Hercules (the giant machine that used skeeballs)
 
2009-07-09 02:23:16 PM  
Wow, it's possible to afford an apartment and live on your own with only a pizza delivery job? Damn, maybe I need to think about moving Canada.
 
2009-07-09 02:28:09 PM  
DarkLancelot: That sounds awesome. Reading the thread it seems that pinball machines are a pain to maintain. I still want a few one day, but could someone who owns them rate the pain of maintenance on a scale of 1 to 5?

That depends on how you rank 1-5.

Washing your car -- 1
Repairing the Hubble -- 5
Maintaining a pinball machine -- 3.5-4.5, depending on model.

Every 6 months (a year at the very most), you should strip the playfield and wax it with a good, hard paste wax. (I use a carnuba-based wax.) Bulbs need to be replaced, mechanisms oiled, chutes vacuumed, balls cleaned and polished.

Check for loose screws, bolts and connectors. Many bulb sockets develop corrosion and you have to clean that as well.

Reassemble, check for proper operation and you're good 'til the next time. If it doesn't take at least 6-8 hours of work, you haven't really maintained it properly.
 
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