(past & present)
For the past few decades, Stern
Pinball, Inc. (and its effective predecessors, Data East/Sega)
has been carrying the torch for new pinball manufacturing after
Williams and Bally left the scene in the '90s. But in the
immediate past, at least two new manufacturers have popped up -
including Heighway Pinball (UK) and Jersey Jack Pinball (NJ, USA). Very interesting stuff - and, competition is a good thing, so bring it!
Older 90's era Williams, Bally and Sega/Data East machines may often be
various locations, together with even older machines from Williams,
Bally, Gottlieb, the original Stern (which closed in the early 80's)
Coin (bought out by Stern in the late 70's). This last group
be usually in larger pinball locations
often run by collectors or hardcore enthusiasts given the machines'
(early 80's and older).
Note that most pinball history is contained in several popular recent
'coffee table' books (authors include Michael Shaloub, Marco
Rossignoli, Roger Sharpe and Richard Bueschel, among others) as
online. Russ Jensen's site below is probably the best online
history site otherwise....
Some informational sites on past pinball manufacturers:
History & Evolution (1947-1979)
Pinball Machines (german/english)
last page(s) left on the original
Woodrail Flipper Pinballs & other Williams arcade games
mfr's (Nuova Bell, Mr.
Game, Tecnoplay, Zaccaria) -
Note: in Italian text only!
Zaccaria Pinball site (if you
have any Zacc pins, a must see!)
Some pinball history:
Jensen's pinball history
VERY brief pinball history
more Pinball history
with your information to be included in this listing
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