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July 3rd, 2006, 10:37 AM
Probably even more prevalent that my hobby of collecting old computers is collecting pinball machines. Another expensive hobby, yes, but not as bad as one may think. Thanks to my job, I was able to buy my third last night, a Zaccaria "Combat" electromechanical pinball machine. Looks fun. I know this is a long shot, but any other pinball collectors here?

July 3rd, 2006, 12:04 PM
Well, there is a wannabe pinball collector here ;)

If I had the space and *any* idea where to get such a thing.

July 3rd, 2006, 12:17 PM
and *any* idea where to get such a thing.
Keep an eye on craigslist, the Mr Pinball Classifieds, and eBay

CP/M User
July 3rd, 2006, 12:56 PM

CP/M User.

July 3rd, 2006, 01:37 PM
Not pinball, but full sized original arcade games:

Williams Defender
Williams Joust
Atari BattleZone
Atari Asteroids

I've looked into pinball machines, but they require quite a bit of maintenance. Especially machines built before TTL logic was commonplace (around 1985). Those machines are even more intricate, as the timing and much more of the function is driven by a central camshaft mechanism.

Terry Yager
July 3rd, 2006, 01:41 PM
What a co-incidence...I used to have Defender & BattleZone, till an ill-timed lightning strike took out both, along with an original Space Invaders. I kinda lost my taste for 'em after that.


July 3rd, 2006, 04:13 PM
i'll get some pix up later

CP/M User
July 3rd, 2006, 11:07 PM
USSEnterprise wrote:

> i'll get some pix up later


CP/M User.

July 5th, 2006, 07:42 AM
Because my camera ain't working, here are some pics I pulled from the net. The first two were on All in the Family at one point or another.


I've also got an antique (1960) Vendorlator Pepsi Machine, an Air Hocket Table, and maybe soon, an old Rockola Jukebox. There's one on craigslist for $200

July 8th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Just got the Combat Machine home. It doesn't work. Keeps blowing fuses. Thinking about a possible fourth. Got an email from someone saying they have a Williams Tri Zone for $100. Its one of the solid state electronics ones, but its mostly working, from the repair guide, I'll have to replace a filter capacitor, a few transistors, a few rectifier diodes, and possibly the main CPU (6802). I think I'm getting obsesed. I already have a grand's worth of pinball in my basement. I think I need Pinballs Anonymous.