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Excellent mate. Glad you were able to do a deal
Ok, a bit of a weird one here but bear with me. My dad spent a year or two living in Florence from around 1970 when he was in his early 20s. He’d never played pinball before but he found one in the basement of a local coffee shop and that is where he fell in love with it - and that in turn meant he got me into the hobby.
We’ve finally worked out that this was the machine:
I thought it could be nice to try to surprise him with one. I’ve had a look on pinball owners and I’ve found one for sale in Italy that is in ‘great shape and fully operational’ according to the seller. I know you can’t put a price on sentimental value etc, but out of curiosity - can anyone give me any vague indication of how much a game like this is worth if it is as the seller describes?
Has anyone looked into importing JJP games from the States? I’m interested to know if they would work over here, or if they have anything similar to the Stern region lockout based on different voltage that would need to be solved.
My dad has tasked me with finding a couple of games that he hasn’t owned before and that he’d enjoy. One of the games that has come to mind is Toy Story 4 - it has a fairly simple rule set and it’s a thme that he enjoys. Problem is that they’re £14k over here and I can’t in good conscience suggest he spends that much on one. There are however several advertised on Pinside for $10k which works out to £7.8k. If you assume around £500 for shipping and then add VAT onto the total that’s still under £10k which makes it a more reasonable proposition.
Is there anything I’m missing here?
That's great, I'm pleased you managed to get one. As you say, a simple rule set but one of those 'just one more go' games.So I made this post in the ‘How much is this table worth‘ thread at the beginning of August:
Thanks to @Doug I went searching for a Spin-A-Card, the UK model of Hi-Lo, and found one via Pinball Owners that had been in storage for ten years not far from here. Collected it on Saturday and surprised my dad with it that evening. Fortunately it is the game he remembers playing in Florence in the 70s and he couldn’t believe I’d found one. I’ve been playing it more than I thought I would, the rules are simple but it’s addictive.
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I also posted this thread recently:
And as a result of that thread, this arrived yesterday
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Only had a few games so far but I’m really enjoying it - pretty straightforward in terms of rules but it’s a fun shooter and the lights are v impressive. Looking forward to spending some more time with it.
I'm pretty sure David Blake was prominent in the old POA thing. I bought my Jungle Lord from him.Finally got round to picking this up yesterday! Underneath the dust I think there's a really nice condition game so I'm well pleased I gave the cab a quick wipe down before moving it into the cabin and it looks good. Playfield is in fantastic shape and should only need a few minor touch ups and the backglass should be similar. Electrically it's an unknown at the moment so I'll be doing some testing this weekend but I'd already factored in getting a new Janin 4 in 1 board for it.
It's definitely had work done in the past as theres an invoice (undated) from David Blake in Cambridge showing a load of stuff being sorted. Anyone know who this is and if they're on the forum? Also, the legs are a bit unusual and one's I've not seen before where the edges are rolled inwards....anyone know if this is Gottlieb Sys 1 specific?
I'll start a shop log thread for this one as it's a game you don't see that much
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Yes it does.Link? & does it come with rivets?
Last ramp flaps i did with a punch set and hammer. Despite allot of care, nearly cracked the ramps
Was being tight and didnt want to pay the extra for the above but will order one next time!! not worth the risk
I have been on the look out for years but just gave in, seen some homemade ones where people have drilled into bolts and all sorts. Hammering into ramps is a bit risky with what they cost. The proper parts to do the actual job with a hammer are about £40 or so, I gave inno doubt some smart @rse is trying to mod a g-clamp,as we speak!