The other day as I was working on my Bally Mystic, I decided to upgrade the lighting in the backbox to LED and document what I consider to be a “tasteful” way to migrate from traditional incandescents to LED lighting. Some people complain about this but I think if you do it right, it’s a dramatic improvement, and in some ways is hard to tell from older style lighting. Let’s take a look!
Monthly Archives: June 2020
A Pinball Arcade Livestream Studio
Another thing I do in addition to operating and repairing pinball machines is run a special, unique space in the New Orleans area called the “PinChurch” – it’s a long story about how this came to be that you can find out more here if you want. But in short, it’s a unique space that is supported by a small but tight knit community of enthusiasts and creative people.
We do all kinds of things in the club, including occasional outreach projects to help those in the local community. We’ve turned our arcade into a high quality recording and broadcast studio and during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as during the phase outs, we’ve been hosting local artists who need to make a living because the places they normally play at are closed. We live stream the events and help people discover new music and help support local artists.
I made a short video of what that’s like, so share with you all. To find out more, visit www.PinChurch.com – you also can help support our efforts if you like!
How to break down a pinball machine for storage or shipping
If you have a game you are looking to store temporarily, or ship, here are some tips on how to break it down and store it to make sure it stays in good condition.
Pinball Stories #16 – Botched pinball sale?
As we all know, pinballs can be unpredictable. But what happens when you arrange a sale and then things go wrong? Can you salvage the deal? I try…
Pinball Stories #15 – Picking up a game and a bonus
A very common source for pinball machines is from storage lockers. And when you help someone clean out a storage locker, you never know what other kinds of deals there might be. This is the story of getting a pinball machine and something else (that makes a pinball machine seem puny).
How to install a shaker motor in a pinball machine
In this 2-part series I go over installing a shaker motor in a Stern Jurassic Park pinball machine. I also run into a few weird glitches with the hardware sent me. That’s the world of pinball… nothing ever goes 100% smoothly does it?
Pinball Stories #14 – Funeral Director’s Flash Gordon
Sometimes going after a pinball machine takes you on a weird and wacky experience. Here’s my story of running into a really weird character who did a number on me.