As a hobby type collector with many now rare E.M (electro-mechanical) machines that have been amassed over some 30 years, the Classic Pinballs website launch happened some years ago to help and share repair knowledge to fellow collectors and enthusiasts. In doing so, many formerly unrepairable games have been saved from the scrapheap or worse, being turned into coffee tables!
In the last ten years or so, there is a growing interest in these vintage, classic machines, via UK Pinball shows which although are mainly geared toward later solid state and dot matrix type electronic machines, you tend to see more and more EM machines in evidence which in turn sees them becoming sought after amongst both collectors who see them as an appreciating asset or people who just want a vintage machine in their home games room .
And the growing interest in vintage machines means people find ownership is fun and pleasurable, particularly at Christmas & Easter times when all the family can gather to play it. Just imagine, your children can challenge Grandparents on a machine that they very likely played when they were their age! And if opting for a 2 or 4 multi-player machine, the fun increases as each player plays their ball to achieve the highest score. Better still, to win an extra game through their skill alone!
Vintage machines were, compared against the modern machines, over-engineered in their mechanical components, hence is why many have survived today. And couple this with the rapid growth of new, formally unavailable, spare parts availability, this means these vintage machines can continue to give many more years of fun and pleasure.
Some machines from the collection are now for sale as there is a need to downsize. Please view the Vintage machines for sale page and see if there is a machine that you played in your youth. If you are keen to own your very own vintage machine, please get in touch!
Thanks for looking!