It uses the same balls as skee ball, but it rolls over switches to knock the pins down. Im just wondering what everyone thinks it's worth, and if a machine like this is prone to breaking down a lot. I want something I can use for a few years before it needs any parts to be fixed or replaced.
The parts for it would probably be pretty much the same as a EM pinball machine, so from the parts standpoint, it would not be too difficult to fix it.
As to "playability", I would say that in my personal opinion, it would not be as long term playable as a Skee Ball machine would be. But as to the one in the video, it is a beautiful machine when it is completely rebuilt.
I would say though for the price in the ad, you could get a real skee ball machine for less and it would be easier to fix as most of them of electronic.
The GREAT thing about ElectroMechanical games is they can most ALWAYS be fixed. Wired logic is good. No circuit boards to fail - corrode and etc.
We have a 1958 "Short-Stop" baseball game. No matter how long we let it sit - no matter how many birds build nests in it (not making that up) when I plug it in it plays.
Working type parts - roll-overs and coils should be easy to find. It's the unique cosmetic parts that can be very hard to replace so if the exterior cosmetic parts are all intact you should have nothing to worry about.
We had a electro-mechanical shuffle alley game for years and years back in the late 70s to early 80s and no matter what got out of adjustment we could always fix it pretty easily.
If you think the price is okay with what you would have to fix up then I would say don't hesitate and buy it. EM games can always be fixed with a LOT less trouble than Solid State or Digital games.
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