Yes! But what is a Custom Pinball machine? That is a really good question. The dictionary term for custom, as an adjective, is something like: "made or done to order for a particular customer". That sounds about right, but for pinball this is a relatively NEW concept. We have seen custom furniture, motorcycles and cars. Usually built for one customer only. The old days of pinball meant the manufacturers would make a large number of a particular game, then try and convince people it was great or earned well. So you had to take the game the way it was out of the factory with very little room for anything. That was ok because the games were going out to the mass. Today the games are going out to you. We can add some "extra" you in this case perhaps.
So as a collector the game you normally buy now is exactly the same as the game your fellow collectors buy. In most cases this works fine for everyone, but today we can ramp that up a bit as we move into the idea of "mass customization". We can change or customize "things" on your game just for you. If you want a certain color of trim, we can pull your game off the line and have your parts made that way. If you really need your initials hidden in the game somewhere, we will try our best to do this with the customization equipment we have. A lot can be accomplished on top of the basics we offer. It becomes a give and take between cool and looks good.
Custom also allows us to spend a bit of money in the quality area. So parts can be made of stainless steel instead of cold rolled steel, we can use all plywood instead of mdf. We can make mechanisms heavier or light up in new ways. A full metal bottom silk-screened apron is standard equipment. The playfields and backglasses will be 10+ color ink screened on wood or plastic, not 4 color process. So they look gorgeous. The games will never be open ended production wise but stopped at a certain number. Period. You get the idea.
After you reserve your game you get a serial number, and are not just a cog in the wheel. In this case you are now an "adjunct" member of the design team in many regards. You can actually call me and talk design! We welcome ideas and suggestions for game ideas. If you are in town and want to pop over and help out and see the studio, we will figure out how to do this. Many Magic Girl™ owners have come by to make sure I am working, but also to see things in person.To touch and feel and smell the process. This is a luxury that does not happen normally in a pinball company. To us you are more than a name at the end of the serial number.
Pinball has moved from the once popular arcade or variety store and into the game rooms of America. Everyone is setting up places to relive their youth, or build a fun place for their kids and family. Husbands and wives working together to keep pinball alive and their own home arcades special. Having a pinball specially built is a really rewarding fun experience. Custom means it's just a little bit nicer all the way around.
In the coming months we hope to move into our larger build space and studio! More fun!