On May 18th, 1980, for my 10th birthday, I was given a brand new pachinko machine by my parents. We enjoyed it in the family room for years before I moved out when I was 18. After that, I dragged that fricken pachinko machine around for the next 20 odd years, SWEARING that someday, somehow, my beloved Pachinko machine would live again…
I brought the dirty, forlorn, non-working Pachinko machine here when I became a member, hoping to clean it up and see it work again.
When I got back in August from holidays, someone had cleaned it up!
Then in October, I found a spot in the Hackroom that it would fit and I hung it there.
John @MIPS ordered gold-plated balls and got it running, after some disturbingly efficient locksmithing.
Tonight, on January 7th, 2017 almost 20 years since it was last played, I played a full on round of Pachinko on that machine. I laughed. I cried.
I do not know who cleaned that machine up, but would like to know.
Then only thing left is to wire up the lights so it is a comforting mood light in the Hackroom.
This machine is on loan from my collection - please enjoy a game of Pachinko on your way by.
Life is good.