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My new toy! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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My new toy!
I bought a Pachinko machine this weekend. In blatant violation of every rule I have about not buying projects and not buying things I don't have room for.

It was $35, and the guy at the store I bought it from said the ball shooter didn't work, and he took it to "this guy who works on these things" and he said you can't get parts, so he was selling it as-is. I figured there must be someone who sold parts, and it was just going to be a matter of finding them on the internet.

So after a few hours of reading last night, I found the english-language pachinko machine forums. There, I found out that it's rarely a matter of parts. They're built to run 24-7 for years, so things don't break on them. They do, however, get dirty and out of alignment, and so if things don't work, it's likely a mechanical problem.

Also, they won't run without balls - 500 minimum, 1000-1500 ideally. The machine came with about 12. I have more on order now. They're cute - 11mm chrome balls, with the names of Japanese pachinko parlors embossed on them.

I took a million pictures this afternoon, of anything that had text or numbers on it, hoping someone could identify it. I probably won't try to do anything else until I get the balls - no use trying to fix things that are working fine.

I needed a new project. Right? Right?

Pachinko machine

(the complete set is here)

And as I was writing this, I got an answer from the PachiTalk board:

Your machine is from Heiwa, made in 1991, a deji-pachi (or digital machine) type, and known as Mahjong Story (or Mahjong Monogatari, or 麻雀物語, in Japanese).

Here's what it looks like when fully working and cleaned up : YouTube - mahjong monogatari

This machine was a *huge* hit in Japan in the early 90's and the very first machine to feature a full colour LCD screen. A good one to keep, as collectors in Japan have many happy memories of playing this (me too).

Good luck with it.
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greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: November 30th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
That is just unbelievably cool.
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