Paul Hodges has shipped his restored machines to buyers from all over the world, as far away as California and even Australia.
Lights flash. Music plays. A little ball flies around the electronic game and people score points. The person playing the game usually stands with arms spread wide and digits pressing buttons that move levers.
When a new pinball machine arrives at Solid State Pinball Supply on Troost, they crack the case open to inspect it. Four hours and a three-page checklist later, they’re ready to start the restoration.
Pinball is in the same class of things as rock ’n’ roll and comic books: “quintessentially America,” says Greenfield resident Ben Miner.He discovered pinball as a child, when it was not uncommon to find pinball machines in arcades, restaurants and…
That Bend kid sure plays a mean pinball; Teen may be Central Oregon’s youngest champhttp://www.bendbulletin.com/lifestyle/5624256-151/that-kid-sure-plays-and-fixes-a-meanGabe Schendel, 14, remembers when he fell in love with a pinball machine. It happened when his parents took him to Pappy’s Pizzeria in Bend. Eleven years old at the time, Gabe was intrigued by the […]
Pinball wizard brings old machines back to life – Elkhart Truthhttp://www.elkharttruth.com/hometown/elkhart/2016/06/21/Pinball-wizard-brings-old-machines-back-to-life.htmlThe building houses Elkhart Pinball, a repair, restoration and showroom for dozens of machines with flashing lights, kooky sound effects and pinging bells.