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SETTING UP AND INSPECTION
It's all @DRD's fault. I wasn't supposed to be getting another pin. There's only room for 3 in my summerhouse/office... unless... maybe... if I get rid of the desk I could put another machine in its place...?
Rewind to September 18, 2016, and I get a PM titled "Mr and mrs going cheap on pinball owners ..." Well, if that isn't click-bait to a pinhead I don't know what is? Inside the message read "Worn pf, bubbling glass ... Should be dirt cheap." I made an offer of £150 but the seller was looking for around £500. I sent some examples of recent sales of fully working machines from the same era in good condition going for £495 (FUTURE SPA), £500 (NGS) and £550 (MMPM). Stretch my absolute maximum offer to £200 as it's really all I've got and I've still got to get the machine from Devon, 300 miles away. Seller "...can't let it go for any less that £250..." I'm out. So...
This is the first year we've tried this. It would have been nice to have more people voting, but I can't twist anyone's arm. I'll hope for more voters next year
Top Pinball Machines of All Time
So all told there were 45 voters. Everyone submitted entries to 'best pinball ever', which created a list of 52 machines. I asked you to rank them in order, to which I awarded 5 points for your favourite, through to 1 point for your lowest entry. Any ties on score were split by number of votes (more votes = higher place).
My limiting you to top 5 was intended to keep this poll easy to participate in (I suspect a top 10 or top 20 would have been harder for people to make quickly), but it did have the consequence of bumping some classic games entirely off the list (Monster Bash placed suprisingly low, and many classic Bally titles didn't appear at all). I may reconsider this if we tackle it again next year.....
Latest enhancement - Reviews.
Review a Machine. A Mod. A Part....
We all know that in the world of pinball, Stuff is expensive. Like really expensive.
So - if you have spent all your cash on something, why not tell everyone what you think? You can post a review, comment on others, or comment asking the poster to explain something!!
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Try it - Please keep it serious though!
Though this may be a good time to get it off yer chest or open up some healed wounds
Mine was to Peterborough to pick up a collector quality IJ from Pinball Treasures who was listing crap straight from a bar in France on ebay many years ago, machine was a totally faded steaming turd complete with cigarette melted button, biplane repaired with a plaster and a host of other nasty stuff, I could not even offer the guy less for it as it was that bad, to make it worse the van was hired and the sat nav took us right round every back road through Birmingham trying to avoid the toll going home, it was a long argumentative return journey and I think it's the closest I have felt to what women term premenstrual (felt sorry for the co-pilot)
There are few worse feelings than trekking back after a long journey with an empty van
Total mileage circa 500
Finally i think i have got to grips with the inbuilt account "upgrades" on here, making the management of this much easier.
So - here starts the new and ongoing donation drive (sorry if i sound a little off - I hate the begging for money part of the site). I have tried to make things as easy and straightforward as possible
I have tried to make things fairer, so rather than things being based on a calendar year, a donations is now valid for 12 months from the date of donation. This way people who donate in May don't get penalized...
As suggested previously, I have extended those who have donated since 1 July to expire a year after their donation date
The only other change is that i have made the minimum donation £10. Previously it was £5. The reason for this is because MOST donations were £10 or above, and personally I don't think £10 per year is excessive (less than £1 per month).
People who sell things on here are encouraged to donate - only because if you were...