MACHINES FROM THE 1950's, 60's, 70's & 80's
people have played pinball machines at some time in
their life, in the local café or bar, or in one
or more of the many amusements parks in England.
Sadly the amusement parks closed one by one in the seventies,
with the availability of cheap holidays abroad, filtering
away a large amount of summer visitors.
On closing down, the problem of disposing of all the
unwanted equipment was solved by breaking up and usually
burning the games. All that remained was the amusement
Amusement arcades have to replace their equipment on
a regular basis , due to the change of trends, and technology.
Pinball machines which were once an electro mechanical
version of a bagatelle game, suddenly changed to high-tech
computer assisted games.
of the worlds leading designers and builders of pinball
machines were Bally , Williams (later became one) Gottlieb,
Stern, Chicago coin. These were the main manufacturers.
Once again the decline in demand has led to the demise
of all of these, except Stern.
Could it be that the makers took the technology too
far, and the player had a lot less too do with the action
than the original games.
As is usually the case, now that the machines are rapidly
vanishing (both old and new) people have decided that
computer games on a television set, lack the appeal
of a pinball machine, and suddenly the interest is returning.
The pinball palace is constantly searching out machines,
both working and non-working, to add to the collection.
Sometimes machines are duplicated, or space is required,
and machines are sold. Also some pinballs, are workshopped
and sold on behalf of fellow pinball collectors. All
pinballs are sold in full working order, our reputation
is valuable, and customer satisfaction paramount. No
machine is delivered without being fully tested.