Monday, June 25, 2007

Fuji Finepix S9600

I bought a new photo camera last week. It's a Fuji Finepix S9600 (known as S9100 in the usa).
Now I can finally make some 'good' pictures to put on the website, as my previous compact camera had a lot of problems when the lighting was difficult (read: at every show we visit).

Jukebox AMi K

This weekend be bought a jukebox !
It's an Ami K of 1960. Not in perfect condition, some of the cosmetics were badly restored - the 3 metal parts in front of the speaker grille ie have been spray painted with chrome paint, instead of having it actually rechromed.
Looks ok from a distance but you notice it when you look closely.

Most important is that it works right, the mechanics are ok, everything still looks good, no rust. All selections play without any problem. That's the most important for me, as a lot of the cosmetic parts can still be bought new..
we'll have a big shopping list when we go to the jukebox show in Rosmalen in a few months !

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fireball is in the house !

I have a Bally Fireball pinball machine !! (again)

I'm happy :-)
This game was on my wish list for a long time.

I found a project machine for a good price. But it is a serious project.
No backglass or legs. The seller said it was in a garden shed for a while, which can be seen.. rubber rings became brittle and some even melted ! Cabinet is also faded, the blue looks a lot lighter than I remember from other Fireballs.
The good news is that all plastics are ok. Playfield is reasonable, some paint starts to flake off at the bottom, but not much more than I saw on another Fireball.

This is the fourth time I have a Fireball in my house and I hope this one will be a keeper.. that'll probably depend if I find time to repair it or if it'll still be in a corner in the gameroom in a few year from now..

First Fireball I bought was years ago, but it had a broken backglass and didn't play well. I didn't know anything about e-m's, couldn't fix it and I sold it to someone who did have a spare backglass.

Second Fireball wasn't mine, a friend had found one for sale for $100 in my town, so I picked it up for him.

Third Fireball was 2 years ago, but also wasn't really my game. Got it from a friend and I could buy it if I wanted, but the game was also not working and the playfield had a bit too much wear for what I was looking for and considering his price. So after a few weeks he took the game back..

Friday, June 15, 2007

New UK pinball company

A new pinball manufacturing company in the UK has started !

Not much information is known at this time, only that they're real pins (not virtual pinball stuff). Prototypes will be ready for the UK pinball show in September.