The THANKS-giving thread

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby WARLOCK » Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:36 pm

I am very thankful and I am full of gratitude. Here is a small Tale from a fireside story close to many of us here.

SPIROAGNEW RECENTLY did the cab. restore on my old pinball Melody. The rest of the story is below...

Rob now absolutely accomplishes amazing feats with no small amount of work and effort.
It's been months since my last confession online, but it is time to state and give credit when it is due.

This Melody was and is still a "grail" for me. It is my favourite pin pre 1960 and you have to go back to pre 1935 to have one I love more.
When I first purchased this example, I knew I loved it. Mike at Church of Silver Ball is responsible for that feeling. Thank you muchly Mike.

Drano and I were in Allentown one season many moons ago... The minivan was ready for 3 pins to bring home. Go Time! And then, well, I happened and then I happened a bit more. Pretty sure Drano was bored of me hunting. (Don't fret - Drano's days of hunting came soon after)

So, I had reserved a U-Haul just in case already. I went and picked it up. We filled the minivan. We filled the U-haul trailer. 13 pins between Drano and I is what I recall... My poor (wife's) Sienna...

There was NO room for this Melody. BUT, I could not leave it behind.
For perspective, Walt (Brewmanager) and myself had our kids out at Mike's (Church of Silver Ball) Hanley, long ago.

Our 2 daughter's fav. game was Melody.
I just had to bring this home. No Space tho.

I asked Mike Hanley for assistance and advice. Thank you.
Mike brought this pin back to Canada for me and I am so grateful.

550 made. Likely 50 ONLY left on the planet. Rare pin. So beautiful.
And here is the beginning of the point of this entire tale. Brotherhood.

Once I brought her home and played her, she played like donkeyballs in Walt's garage. urk.
Our daughter's hated it. Turned them off immediately. I was sad. I knew I needed Drano's help.

I sold the pin to Drano so he could "do his magic". Please fix the pin and make her play. Drano does nothing but deliver.
Then, Drano was busy, and so was I. (And so were most of our bro's) Rob said he would take the pin and house her and "do her up". Sweet.

Well, as the photos can state, Rob has done a stellar job of restoring this pin in no uncertain terms.
There is no others I would have been able to accomplish this "particular" journey with other than Hanley, Drano and Spiro.

This hobby is fantastic. The participants I have been blessed and empowered to meet and know are even greater.
Moving forward, positive posts and thanks and gratitude from my statements and tales only. Thank you to all my great friends.

Sure, I have dibs from Drano on this pin. We merely house it. It is it's own entity.
As long as we play, enjoy and appreciate it, it resides where it will, and where it needs to be.

Thank you gentlemen.
You are all top shelf.

All the very best.
Cheers. Salut.

I am thankful.
I am truly grateful.
My words are barely adequate.
The results are of the capabilities of good friends.

Experiences...
Beyond explanation.

More soon.

Cheers.
Salut.

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby Drano » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:14 pm

It happens rarely, but sometimes there is a machine that passes through many of our hands and makes for a great story.

I was definitely tired of hunting that day in Allentown. Everyone had long left for dinner and drinks... but I guess acquiring something special like Melody is a good enough reason.

Not sure why she exchanged hands as many times as she did? During my first round with the machine I recall taking apart the kicker mechs and doing a lot of banging/straightening to get that signature ball pass working right... And lots of pop bumper fiddling; but no way I was going to get to the cabinet anytime soon. And then it went to scott again... and eventually back to me. I don't even recall the deals and trades that were made. In a funny twist Rob was coming into his EM years and I was short on space so I offered to lend it out to him while I cleared my plate a little. It turned out to be the right place to send it.

The saga isn't over though. When it comes back I'll be completing the playfield touch ups too. Then, somewhat like the red violin, maybe it will finally find some peace for a spell in my basement.

I always love the various degrees of separation that these machines create; the human connect-the-dots game they make us play :)

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby spiroagnew » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:37 pm

Thanks for the kind words about that Melody (pics can be found over on that other site if anyone is interested). It was a pleasure to work on this game. Even more of a pleasure to paly it for a few months. Possibly my favorite wedgehead (and has made my EM grail a Kings and Queens, another four kick-out hole game).

Rare game for sure. The one I repainted carries serial 02019, likely one of the first twenty to be made for the Add-a-Ball U.S. states.
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby WARLOCK » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:23 am

As time does pass, I find more and more to be thankful for.
A few shout outs are overdue and I wanted to thank the Bluffs crew.

Thank you to everyone who works so hard to make Bluffs Pinball a great place to play.
Thanks to Walt (The Administrator), Menace (Tech Overlord), Tim (Timinator), Kevin (Pianoman), Scot (T1), Chris (Y) and everyone else who assists regularly to make Bluffs the great thing it has now become. Much appreciated.

FYI - Bluffs Pinball is my shop in Scarberia where all things "non-related" to my Audio-Visual Production Company now live.
FYI - www.portunionpinball.com is where you find out all of the Bluffs Pinball event details as well as Pinball for Change deets from Walt.

Thanks to everyone who regularly assists with bringing parts and pins to and from Bluffs. Spiro, Tim, Walt, Drano, Stephane, Ed, Chris Silver, Sparky, and Kevin to name the most recent movements... and with many thanks with pins on loan from Ed (Future Spa) and Dave (EBD) as well. Many thanks to Robert and Doug @ Player 1 Amusements for parts and advice. Thanks to all. I couldn't and wouldn't do it alone, and I thank you all for your assistance.

Thanks again.
All the best.
Enjoy.

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby cait001 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:48 pm

I wanted to drop some shoutouts in to the thanks-giving thread... you know who you are.
Thanks to everyone who has offered to host a Pinball Women Ottawa event with their collection.
Thanks to everyone who has gone out of there way to help pinball machines end up in eager homes.
Thanks to everyone who has so readily shared their technical experience.
Thanks to everyone who has organized to help make pinball a vibrant community.
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby Drano » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:03 am

I have to give a shout out to my buddy Cooke without whom I never would've managed to score a very reasonable and decent condition Big Game recently. The same goes out to Jason for helping me track down another classic Bally grail in his neck of the woods. And last but not least, thanks to Che for providing additional transport help and shaving 2 hours off my drive. After all my recent travel, that's 2 more hours with my kids. I appreciate it!

It's awesome to have good friends in the hobby who are willing to go out of their way for you. Because God knows that having to jump in a car and race down the highway, for hours on end, just to 'ambulance chase' a good deal on a game is such a drag. It's even more awesome when these friends know the local sellers and can help close the deal; even as the Kijiji hounds are closing in.

I can only hope to be in a position to pay it back one day.

Thanks guys ;)

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby Sparky » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:03 pm

I thought I would post 2 things here... as this community never ceases to amaze me...

1- I got a phone call from MAD yesterday, him calling me personally to thank me for an info I relayed to him. That's it. ... first time ever in this hobby where someone takes a few minutes to call me directly and thank me for something. Honestly it was nothing, I was more than happy to send him the info. But I thought it was really classy of him.

Merci André!!! Tu es un gars de classe!!!

2- I stopped by at Starburst today to pick up some buttons and joysticks for a friend in need. Chatted with Robert, Benoit and Michel... always a treat. But I also had the coincidental privilege of meeting CAP, one of our newest members, who recently purchased an F14. What a nice guy!! And talking to him reminded me so much of myself 15 years ago, after picking up my first pin. It brought me back to those times.

So I got home, turned on Haunted House, and played with a shit-eating-grin on my face.

FUCK I love this hobby. It gives me the opportunity to meet such great people, and learn so much.
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby R.A.B. » Fri May 05, 2017 4:03 pm

Nice weather we're having isn't it ? Those who call this cold rain - "Spring" are a very hopeful bunch, and I am one of those people. It is springtime, and I am thankful for that because I get to finally crawl out of my bunker and thank some good friends.

I am posting here in order to offer tardy thanks to some positive MAACA members who showed their true colours by coming out on April 7th to celebrate with Roger Sharpe, his wife Ellen and a full house at the North Star's legalization party. It was nothing short of extraordinary and I am very thankful for being able to share pinball with a wider audience than hitherto. We are out in the open now, and it feels great to see so many new faces, young and old enjoying the game and the beautiful atmosphere that the North Star embodies.

And when Roger Sharpe personally pulls you aside to tell you that this pinball bar is like no other he has ever seen and that the line up of machines, and how they play so well compared to other barcades is rermarkale. Well, you can't help but feel that you are part of something truly exceptional and unique when you hear an industry vet acknowledge your work and choices. I am humbled and honoured by this. My career is now pretty much complete.

So thanks to the following people, who were largely from Ontario & who made the effort to attend. And as a Montreal pinball collector buddy told me at a later date, it was disappointing in a way that so few Québec collectors made it to this historic event in comparison to the Ontario chapter of MAACA members. A bit disappointing yes, and even slightly shameful considering that the North Star Machines a Piastres is now considered by many as a Montreal institution, especially in honoring a Québec pinball machine manufacturer from the mid 20th century via its name. However, on the bright side, their were tons of young Montrealers (future pinball freaks) and many regulars who celebrated with us and knew that this was a significant event in Montreal pinball history. Even though most of our younger clientele is new to the pinball culture, they understood that this was a historical evant and wanted to be part of it. Doesn't get much better than that in my book, a future is secure for pinball in Montreal. That was the goal.

So a heartfelt thanks to those who shared this incredible weekend with me and my partners :

Ben Salmon from Timmins, Ontario (who won the draw of the pinball machine)
Big Dave
Big Frank
Chinnapoil & his son Julien
Chris Silver
Daniel15
Heisenberg
JamesSchid
Madtitan
Monty
Pindude152
Robi
Semicolin
Shoot Again
Uncleboo
and ofcourse
WARLOCK

I am sure I am forgetting a bunch of people and will correct as my memory catches up with me.

And for those who missed the event, for whatever reasons, here is a video that captures the passing of the torch from Roger Sharpe himself to himself (lol) and then to the North Star Machines à Piastres which has promised to keep the ball rolling in Montreal after working so hard at making it legal to play pinball while having a beer with others in a public establishment. And finally, sharing this passion for pinball & social interaction with such a wide variety of people young and old makes me feel like all my work life meant more than just earning a living. It was all worth it.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3o3n2jumc7vd ... 000221.mp4


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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby R.A.B. » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:43 pm

Thank you to ChrisSilver and Hiesenberg for making the upcoming weekend what it will turn out to be. A great gathering of pinball machines and people who find solace in the various aspects of these devices.

As I prepare all the details involved in making my contribution valid, I also think about the many of you who are also preparing to contribute. I am sure that you know how much detail goes into making your contribution positive. By the same token, lets also make this fun and a great memory for the future.

From talking to Chris throughout this process I know that he deserves a freakin' standing ovation for putting this thing together no matter what ensues. Imagine the details he has to deal with to make this happen for all of us ? I thought I was busy. Fawk ! So many details to all this.

I just want to say thanks to the crazy bastard.

Hugs,

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby cait001 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:23 pm

Will definitely buy those two a drink Saturday night!
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby uncleboo » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:40 pm

cait001 wrote:Will definitely buy those two a drink Saturday night!



X2 :)

Thanks guys for all your hard work to make this event happen
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby R.A.B. » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:58 pm

Bump, as they say.

Thank you consequence, thank you terror, thank you disillusionment, thank you frailty, thank you providence, thank you nothingness, thank you silence.
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A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby Pindude152 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:13 pm

Yes. Thank you for the recent shit storm on the fourm. Lines have been drawn in the sand. Sides have been taken. Alignments have been clarified. Things are in movement. Cheers to all. Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night. Peace out.
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby Sparky » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:13 pm

I am grateful for being alive... For having such an awesome wife and kids... For having great friends... For having a great job that gives me the opportunity to travel, see new places, and add new friends. Tonight, Prince George. Tomorrow, Vancouver. Friday, Edmonton.

Life can be a great thing when you tell negativity to go fuck itself. It's too much of a precious thing to squander on bad mojo.

So to all, enjoy life, play pinball and have a beer. Cuz you could be dead tomorrow. :)
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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby WARLOCK » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:36 am

Amen brother.

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Re: The THANKS-giving thread

Postby redketchup » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:19 am

A big thank's to Drano and Ottogd for the helps with my Viper restoration project! Thank's to mindstorm for the scanner and HPR for the support
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