Repairs / Restorations

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Repairs:

House Calls are my specialty!  Most games can be repaired in home and every attempt is made to repair them in one trip if possible.  In most cases, I can be to your place within just a few days after we find out what your needs are. I’m fully insured and repair all makes and models of Pinball Machines (This includes models from 1950-present)  and have repaired and restored well over 1500 machines and still going strong.  You can also bring the machine to us (See restorations below). Most importantly all repairs are done with a SMILE. I want to make sure you are happy and your game is working to bring you many hours of fun! See below for more details on rates.

Restorations:

Many games that have been damaged, have major problems, sitting idle or in storage (Especially games made before 1978… Electro-Mechanical machines) often require a full restoration that will require the game be taken in-shop for a longer term repair/restoration and testing. This allows for enough time to thorough cleaning, tuning, repairs and most importantly testing for maximum reliability (After all we are talking about machines that are 40, 50, or even 60 years old) for your enjoyment!  We’re usually dealing with dirt, rust, dust, old grease, corrosion, old wiring, and in some cases mold, mice and many other things that happen when sitting idle – especially if the game was stored in less than climate controlled conditions.  Pinball machines are made of wood, steel, copper, plastic, glass, over a half of a mile of wire, over 1000 parts and several voltages – with a giant steel ball smashing into things at high speed!  Please keep in mind this process is time consuming and takes a good deal of detailed repair work and testing after completion. It takes time, but it’s worth it in the long run! Cost of these repairs varies greatly – so please drop a line for more information.

Typical Rates:

There’s no stuffy boss here and it’s all about pinball! $85/ hr for most pinball services. Service includes travel within the Grand Rapids area. If you’re outside of Grand Rapids, no problem at all, there will just be a small travel charge based on distance! We Serve all of lower Michigan and Northern Michigan. Appointment times vary greatly (partially depending on location). Do the high demand of house calls,  It is preferred that bring the game to us whenever possible (I understand that pinballs are heavy and/or it’s not always possible to move the game) and the shop rate is $50/hr (this also includes restorations). This also give us additional time to test and address anything else that may pop up.  We are located just west of downtown Grand Rapids, and also have facilities in Kentwood and Caledonia.  I accept cash, check, Venmo, Paypal and all major credit cards and cookies are always welcome!

And because pinball is 100% Americana – All Veterans and Service Members receive a 20% discount!

Service Area:

Proud to Serve ALL of lower Michigan. Just some of the cities and areas include:

  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Battle Creek
  • Lansing
  • Flint
  • Traverse City
  • Jackson
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Holland
  • Muskegon
  • St. Joseph
  • Petoskey
  • Saginaw
  • Bay City
  • Ann Arbor
  • Gaylord
  • Cadillac
  • Ludington
  • Jackson

And all points in between – big and small!

Cleaning/Tune Up:

Same rates apply for cleaning and can be done at the same time as a repair – you’d be amazed at what a little cleanup, new bulbs, new rubbers and pinballs will do for your game!

Parts:

I carry many common parts on each trip, and if we know ahead of time what your game might need, I can usually have the “special order” parts ready to go as well.

Moving:

Let’s be honest – moving pinball machines can be a real pain! If you need a machine moved, up the stairs or across the town or the state, I can help with that too!

Non-Pinball Repairs:

I get many requests to fix video games, bowlers and even freezers. Reach out to these great people and they can help!

Video Game Repairs – We work in partnership with 616 Amusements who can service most video games.

Jukebox Repairs – John (616) 457 3957 john@newplayjukebox.com

Slot Machine Repairs – Brian (231) 250 2255

Bowlers/Shuffle Alley Repairs – Unfortunately at this time, I’m not servicing these types of machines – Drop me a line and I’ll see if we can find someone who can help.

and of course for Pinball Repairs

Matt@grpinball.com or call (616) 735-3599 to get started. Please include a contact phone number in your email as SPAM filters have become much more sensitive recently. If you do not receive a reply back within 24 hours, please CALL (616) 735-3599 or TEXT 616-583-3808.