At Escapism we care about Pinball and about people who care about Pinball. We encourage people to play pinball, and we offer an array of services to keep you up and running. We've played a few machines here and we understand that there are good ones, bad ones and ugly ones. We like working on the good ones because we know the joy they can provide. We never proclaim that pinball machines are an investment but the good ones are getting more expensive and harder to find each day. Like classic cars they become collectors pieces but they also require the owners to be able to look after them. If you're new to the game have a look at my pinball maintenance guide.
We serviced a Space Mission by Williams in 2006. During a checkup visit in September of 2011 we saw that the rubber was still looking great. We see many machines made in the 80's coming in with crumbling and missing rubber, so your rubber will last more than 5 years but definitely less than 20. Our best estimates for rubber life expectancy is about 15 years. Flipper rubbers and post sleeves taking frequent impacts have to be replaced far more frequently at about 2-3 years or less. Once the pinball rubber starts crumbling on a machine it will cause rapid deterioration of your playfield. At that point you'll need to replace all the rubber. When you find you don't have the time to do it yourself, Escapism will be eager to help you out.
Some machines are so much fun that over a matter of 30 or 40 years they get completely worn out. If it's a classic machine it might be worth it to let us restore it to its former glory. We can restore playfields and backglasses, repair electromechanicals where possible and even replace solenoid logic with digital electronics.
To find out if your machine was a popular one visit the Internet Pinball Database and compare the production numbers with other machines of its era. Once you get into it you'll soon have a favourite designer (ours: Pat Lawlor), a favourite graphics artist (ours: Christian Marche), and so on. At that point you will have been assimilated by the Borg and there's no turning back.
Thanks for looking us up. Enjoy your visit.
January 26, 2016
I can now fetch, deliver or move your machines for you. See my price list for detail.
August 27, 2015
New playfields for the Spirit II. Gottlieb compatible.
August 26, 2015
Approaching final assembly with my Spirit of 76 replicas. Metalwork is being cut and bent, Playfields are getting their final coats of clear and the coil winder is on its way. Its about to get very busy here.
August 26, 2015 Special Offer
If you own a Bally Centaur I will service one for free. First come first serve. (Images from IPDB)
March 11, 2015 - LED Sequencer Board
The LS32 LED sequencer has been given a significant rework. Now at version 0302 it's smaller, prettier and more functional than the older 0301's. Check them out. [link]
December 12, 2014 - Spirit II
Schematic and board layout completed for the lamp driver driver. [link]
December 9, 2014 - Spirit II
Schematic and board layout completed for the solenoid driver. [link]
November 28, 2014 - Spirit II
After completing the Old Chicago refurb, I've been busy. I'm creating a replica machine for a client based on the Spirit of '76. This machine will have all its graphics directly printed to the playfield, backglass, plastics, and in this case, even the cabinet. For this to happen we have to get our solid state board set to version 2 for added reliability and flexibility. Also to make the installation neater and so easier to maintain/tweak. We also have to generate the graphics for the cabinet, playfield, plastics and backglass. We're also making our own legs, coin door, side rails as well as some internal sheet metal parts like drop target brackets and flipper brackets.
This will probably cancel out any spare time we have between now and March 2015. I have cleared my waiting list and will only take on small repairs as time and space permits.
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