John Balogh, Colorado Pinball LLC
I have been into pinball since I was very young. We used to go to
our local bowling alley where they always had 3-4 pinball machines
available for play. This was before video games were invented yet. I
remember when "Pong" was delivered in the late 60's. Back then,
"arcades" had rows and rows of pinball machines but no video games.
I had always wanted one and in 1989, I was finally able to buy my first game. A Gottlieb Raven. At the time it was not very old but certainly needed a lot of work. After rebuilding the cabinet, removing the mylar and fixing lots of electronic problems, we got the old Raven playing great.Once we were done fixing up this pinball, we had to have another, and another. By 1990, we started our own route and had pinball machines and video games out on location, earning money. I suspect lots of route operators may have started just like this.
Shortly after opening Colorado Pinball, we got a contract to service
all games coming in from a prominent ebay seller who was bringing in
truckloads of games from Europe. His previous pinball shop was doing a
horrible job and he needed someone that would do good work and try to
improve his image. When we took over, his complaints stopped and his
positive feedback on ebay soared. We worked on literally 400-500 games
between 2001 and 2004. Working 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week takes a
heavy toll however and we had to slow the business down a bit. Between
this and the bad currency exchange rate with the Euro, he stopped
selling pinballs in 2004. We ended our contract on good terms and
depending on the exchange rate, we may start back up again at some
point, albeit at a slower pace.
Since then, we have slowed down a bit but still sell high quality
pinball machines and provide some of the best pinball service around.
We have had people bring us games from all over the country for
service. Over the last 20+ years in the business, we have shopped,
serviced and/or sold well over 1000 pinball machines. We have the
experience and know how to get your machine up to it's full potential.
There have been lots of upstarts and newcomers on the pinball scene
the last few years. So called "pinball experts" that have a year or two
of experience and worked on a mere handful of games. Don't let them
fool you. There is no substitute for experience. We have a reputation
for being able to fix anything and everything. If noone else can fix
it, take it to Colorado Pinball.
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Leadville, Co 80461
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