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JudoRick

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Hello

West Ham fan here, followed links from Gonzo's pinball YouTube channel

Started playing pinball in 1973 as a 6 year old, Dad had a pub with a games room which contained 3 machines which changed regularly.
I used to come home from school and play standing on stool to begin with. The pub was shut at that time so I could play for a couple of hours a day really.

We left the pub in 1983 so I had a good 10 years playing. Needless to say I got pretty good.

I picked it up again when I went to university in 1985. Leeds Union bar has an excellent games room and I spent
a lot of my spare time in there on the flippers. Later I went to work in Nimes, France and most of the local bars had machines.

Anyway, I'm interested in meet ups, competitive pinball, leagues and teams. Live in Eastern England so if anyone can't point me
in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

Glad to be here!
 

Spandangler

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Welcome aboard @JudoRick. Surprised you’re not a canary from that neck of the woods😬.
Not too much league or competitive stuff going on in Norfolk but plenty of private collections
 

JudoRick

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Welcome aboard @JudoRick. Surprised you’re not a canary from that neck of the woods😬.
Not too much league or competitive stuff going on in Norfolk but plenty of private collections
No I am Londoner, came here to look after my mum when Dad died. They retired here in a retirement home provided by a charity housing
formers landlords. I'll be moving on soon as I can as mum went too.
Private collections? What's that all about?
 

Spandangler

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No I am Londoner, came here to look after my mum when Dad died. They retired here in a retirement home provided by a charity housing
formers landlords. I'll be moving on soon as I can as mum went too.
Private collections? What's that all about?
Ah right I see.
Regarding private collections, I mean there’s no league meets or public places to really play but there are plenty of folk from Norwich and surrounding areas with their own collections. Some friendly folk allow strangers in to play them.
 

Jay Walker

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Hello

West Ham fan here, followed links from Gonzo's pinball YouTube channel

I picked it up again when I went to university in 1985. Leeds Union bar has an excellent games room and I spent
a lot of my spare time in there on the flippers. Later I went to work in Nimes, France and most of the local bars had machines.

Glad to be here!

Hello, Rick,

Ah, France, eh?

"Most of the local bars had machines", unlike the u.k. Many of those may have been Gottliebs, but at least they were there.

As for France, there's a radio programme 'The Confessional', where I heard a woman admit to 'impure thoughts' while watching her French student exchange friends brother play pinball in a French bar. That's not something that's ever occurred to me, but then I'm not really any kind of 'nudger'. I just wondered while listening if it was a Gottlieb machine.
 

JudoRick

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Hello, Rick,

Ah, France, eh?

"Most of the local bars had machines", unlike the u.k. Many of those may have been Gottliebs, but at least they were there.

As for France, there's a radio programme 'The Confessional', where I heard a woman admit to 'impure thoughts' while watching her French student exchange friends brother play pinball in a French bar. That's not something that's ever occurred to me, but then I'm not really any kind of 'nudger'. I just wondered while listening if it was a Gottlieb machine.

I mainly remember playing classics like The Addams Family (dirty pool old man!) and Fish Tales. My fav was The Getaway though

If you are ever in Nimes, check out a bar called Bare De L'Industrie its on one of the main avenues in the centre. Very cool and has pinball
 

Perky

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Been lurking for a while so I thought that it was about time to say "Hi". Have to say what a great forum this appears to be, so many others descend into insults and general whinging!

I'm relatively new into pinball and got interested after playing a mates eight ball deluxe. I started trawling everywhere for pinballs for sale and narrowly missed out on a couple and ended up buying a Speakeasy 4 in need of tlc! (the one with the tatty cab on ebay). I've got no idea if I overpaid but I figure that at some point you just have to jump in and build your knowledge up. Steep learning curve but I'm getting there and everything now seems to be working as it should ... as far as I know! Still working out what to do with the cab as the front is pretty knackered, think I'll still try to restore it as I have a thing about keeping stuff original wherever possible. I've also been really pleased with how it plays as I know it's not on many peoples "favourite" list !

The problem is that I'm hooked and now want another one :D, so if anyone has an early 80's pinball with multiball they dont want ....
 

Gonzo

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Hello

West Ham fan here, followed links from Gonzo's pinball YouTube channel

Started playing pinball in 1973 as a 6 year old, Dad had a pub with a games room which contained 3 machines which changed regularly.
I used to come home from school and play standing on stool to begin with. The pub was shut at that time so I could play for a couple of hours a day really.

We left the pub in 1983 so I had a good 10 years playing. Needless to say I got pretty good.

I picked it up again when I went to university in 1985. Leeds Union bar has an excellent games room and I spent
a lot of my spare time in there on the flippers. Later I went to work in Nimes, France and most of the local bars had machines.

Anyway, I'm interested in meet ups, competitive pinball, leagues and teams. Live in Eastern England so if anyone can't point me
in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

Glad to be here!


Mate, West Ham and Pinball is the secret to fulfillment and happiness. . . . . and to emptying your bank account but it's not boring.

Welcome.
 

Perky

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welcome @Perky speakeasy has a plastic rather than wooden playfield if i recall?
It certainly does and it seems to be in really good condition. There's a few scuffs etc. around high use areas but otherwise ok. I noticed that someone mentioned they can warp but I havent noticed anything obvious yet!
 

Matt Vince

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It certainly does and it seems to be in really good condition. There's a few scuffs etc. around high use areas but otherwise ok. I noticed that someone mentioned they can warp but I havent noticed anything obvious yet!
Be careful when lifting the playfield upright, last time I did that on a Speakeasy two of the inserts fell out!
 
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