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MAY TECH OF THE MONTH: THE PHIL’S PINBALL

Meet Phil Forrester Jr., located in Greenville, South Carolina. He, along with his dad (Phil Sr.) own and operate The Phil’s Pinball. We mainly refurb and rent pinball machines. We do some sales as well. We service mainly Upstate South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Phil says: “I got my start in pinball 4.5 years ago refurbishing a Gottlieb Charlie’s Angels with my dad. We caught the bug and have been working on machines ever since! Now we enjoy not only repairing them but playing them.” I dove head first into repair. The refurb, transformation, and bringing things back from read more…

Show Game Deals are Here!

Show Game Deals are Here!! Bring home the game of your dreams from a pinball show at great new cost! Email us at [email protected] or call 1-803-9570-5500 to speak to one of our Sales Reps, so you Traveling to any one of these shows listed below? Contact us to reserve a Show Game and receive tons of show perks! MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC – MILWAUKEE, WI GOLDEN STATE PINBALL FESTIVAL – LODI, CA NORTHWEST PINBALL SHOW – TACOMA, WA SOUTHERN FRIED GAMING EXPO – ATLANTA, GA HOUSTON ARCADE EXPO – HOUSTON, TX

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Technician of the Month – March 2022

MARCH TECH OF THE MONTH: MATTHEW MANDARANO Meet Matthew Mandarano, located in North Carolina working under Carolina Pinball Repair and a full time technician at Abari Game Bar located at in Charlotte, NC. He re-found this hobby in 2011 and began repairing machines in 2013. I would seek them out and put some quarters in any pin I came across. While my contemporaries were playing TMNT, The Simpsons, X-Men, Mortal Kombat, etc. I was the weird kid in the corner playing the pinball machines. Q: How did you first get into the hobby? “My best friend’s dad was big into read more…

Restorer of the Month – February 2022

This month’s laborer of love is Randy Walker – located in Maryville, TN between Knoxville, TN and the Smokey Mountains. A long time repair tech, Randy has begun to delve deeper into the restoration side of this hobby. I have only been doing [repair/restoration work] professionally for 3 years. Before that is was just for myself and a few friends Q: When did you get into actually restoring machines? A: “Well, I have been repairing and restoring pins for about 30 years. But I have only been doing it professionally for 3 years. Before that is was just for myself read more…

INDISC 2022 Recap

This year, the return of It Never Drains in South California (INDISC for short) created so much excitement that the Thursday Targeted Matchplay with 120 available spots sold out in less than 30 seconds. The hole created by the loss of Pinburgh has left many pinball players and enthusiasts scrambling to fill that spot with other events and shows – which INDISC has provided! This year the venue changed to the Convention Center in Riverside, CA and was run in conjunction with the Festival of Fights (an FGC weekend event ran in the larger ballroom next door). There was a read more…

Technician of the Month – February 2022

FEBRUARY TECH OF THE MONTH: EVAN BOOKBINDER Meet Evan Bookbinder, located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who has been working on pinball machines under “Shoot Again Pinball Repair” for both residential and commercial customers. He services games for several Stern distributors. In terms of operating, Evan helps run the Pittsburgh Pinball Dojo, a collective of approximately 60 pinball and arcades owned by myself and several other folks well known to the Pittsburgh pinball community — all of us formerly associated with PAPA as well as having helped tech for Replay FX and Pinburgh! Evan says, “Believe it or not, I read more…

Restorer of the Month – January 2022

This month’s laborer of love is Stephen Prusa – located in Cleveland, OH. A recent addition into this side of the hobby, his love for delving into and restoring these classics back into their former beauty and glory is apparent and growing! I’ve been playing for quite sometime, about 7 or 8 years and I started to become burned out on playing pinball, but I feel like a new flame has been lit after starting to work on games. Q: When did you get into actually restoring machines? “I started restoring machines the beginning of 2021. I’ve been playing for read more…

Location of the Month – January 2022

JANUARY LOCATION OF THE MONTH: Bang Back Pinball Lounge This Month’s “Location of the Month” is none other than our hometown’s Bang Back Pinball Lounge! Located in Columbia, SC — A Stern Army Location, home of the Little Flippers of Columbia and The Columbia Belles & Chimes, they currently have 23 machines, a full service bar and food menu including a kids menu! We interviewed owner & founder of Bang Back Pinball Lounge, Fred Richardson: Q: When did you get into the pinball business? A: This April marks my 30th Anniversary in the world of pinball. First as a competitive read more…

Stern Pinball announces RUSH

Stern’s Rush pinball machines, reflect the energy, excitement, and experience of a live Rush concert.  In this epic music pinball adventure, players will travel with Rush through time.  Immersed in exclusive Rush concert footage and guided by custom speech from Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and fellow Canadian Rock Hall of Famer, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, players will experience Rush and their iconic music as never before.  This Rush pinball concert under glass features sixteen iconic songs, accentuated by sound and lighting effects.  Songs include Headlong Fight, Far Cry, One Little Victory, Working Man, 2112, Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Freewill, Cygnus X-1 (Book One: The Voyage and Book Two: Hemispheres), The Big Money, Subdivisions, Limelight, Fly By Night, La Villa Strangiato, Bastille Day, and Red read more…

Midwest Gaming Classic 2021 Recap

Marco Pinball prepared for Midwest Gaming Classic 2021 by wrapping up our pallets and having them shipped to the Wisconsin Convention Center. As our team headed up to Wisconsin to set up for the show, we met our Stern and KingPin Games counterparts to team up to bring you a Godzilla sized booth, crowned with an oversized inflatable surrounded by a ring of Godzilla Pros and Premiums. All of the games from Stern showcased the new Stern Insider Connected ™, including George Gomez’s personal Deadpool LE machine. Destruction reigned supreme and Godzilla stood inflated with a city built of Stern read more…