Bram Stoker’s Dracula pinball: from cradle to grave and back again

For my inaugural post, I am adding this video playlist, which covers the process I went through after picking up a Bram Stoker’s Dracula pinball machine.

The idea behind this video series is not as some kind of slick “how-to”, because I’m basically filming “on-the-fly”. I’m not doing any editing; I’m not staging any scenes. I’m turning on the camera and filming and what-you-see-is-what-I-see. So basically you can follow along with me as I unload this machine and bring it back to life. I’m not claiming to be an expert on pinball repair and maintenance — the Internets are chock-full of “experts”. I’m just a guy who decided to film his experience so you can have a little amusement following along with me. Will I make mistakes? Definitely. Will this be informative? Who knows? But hopefully it will be worth your time. Let’s see…

As you will see from this series, a simple pinball acquisition turns into a major set of modifications…

How long is this series of videos?  Too long I’m sure.. shot in little segments, at current time, totaling 36 parts, it chronicles the trials and tribulations of what it takes to recondition an otherwise “fully-working” game.. ha ha

3 thoughts on “Bram Stoker’s Dracula pinball: from cradle to grave and back again

  1. Hi Mike, I just finished watching the playlist from start to finish. As a newcomer to the hobby, and after reading and watching a lot of pinball stuff, I think I learned the most from this video diary. I appreciated how thorough you were in explaining each mystery and its solution.

    It’s funny that these videos were unrehearsed and unedited, because the suspense of solving the various challenges really hooked me. You kept me hanging at the end for a bit, with the frustrating playfield lamp problems, but I’m glad to see it worked out. I really like BSD and hope to own one as sweet as this someday.

    Thanks for creating this blog. Time for me to dive into the next playlist.

    • Thanks Eric for the kind words. I have recently started thinking of repairing pinball machines almost like murder-mysteries.. trying to figure out “who dunnit.” I’m glad someone else gets something out of it. Thanks!

  2. Thx for this video sequence , I learned a lot new and It was a good help for the restoration of my recently acquired BSD!
    Many many compliments, keep up the good work 🙂

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