If there is one sad reality in this hobby, it must be that almost every game eventually develops a problem. It's not all that surprising when you consider many of these machines are 20-30 years old! Components fail, systems break down. It happens. So what to do? If you are a do-it-yourself type person, feel free to ask for help in our Technical Help Forum. Otherwise you can contact one of the techs listed below.
Most work on both Pinball Machines and Video Arcade Games, but some specialize in one or the other (as noted).
Central Florida / Orlando
Curly / Little Shop of Games
Comments: Hello, my name is Curly, I own and operate Little Shop of Games in cental Florida. I have been in the business for 13 years repairing, shopping, and restoring pinball machines. I am also a distributor for Williams/Bally parts. I carry a large selection of decals, cabinet art, new boards, etc. I also carry a good selection of pinball machines for sale. I do this from my home full time with a 700sf storage area, 800sf shop, and 700sf showroom. I am set-up to do full shop-outs, as well as total restorations. Bring your pinball into the shop, and we will sit down and go over it, and figure out what you want to do with the pinball, and cost.
Keith / The Arcade Doctor
Location: Orlando / Central Florida, Contact Info at : www.arcadedoctor.com
Comments: I do all repairs to Arcade Video, Pinball, Crane machines, Megatouch, and Redemption machines. PCB repair and Monitor repair also. I am located in the Orlando area and service all of Orlando and the surrounding areas in central florida. I have been in the arcade amusement business for 20 years.
Comments: "I am a game technician with experience on all type of coin machines since 1988. I have worked for Southern Music, Jax Phonograph, Atlas music and games, Select Distributing, Anchor amusements, Gator coin. I do home service in the Jacksonville area. I work on most anything that takes a coin. Vids, pins electronic and EM, laser games, water operated, air operated, pool table recovering, you name it."
"My rates are $100 for a service call. $80 if you pay cash. This gives one hour of service. $30 an hour after the first hour. If I find a game to be unrepairable (ie a corroded, left at the Beach EM), the cost is $40 for an estimate. If I can't fix it, no charge. I travel as far south as Palataka and north to Fernandina.
Comments: "I have been doing service calls from Margate to the Keys (south florida area) since I co-hosted a Broward pinball show in 2004. I do maybe one service call a month, nothing big - just something I do on the side. I would like to do more however, it's great to meet other collectors. I fabricate reproduction and aftermarket parts as well."
Tampa / St. Pete
Jim "AtariJim" Nyers
Comments: Jim is a great guy and well recommended! He does great work for very reasonable prices.
My name is Jim Nyers and I have been repairing pinballs for over 15 years, both as a part time collector and full time repairs. I was Manager of Apollo Amusements in Brandon for over 8 years and I continue to do repairs for them and The Game Gallery, as well as a few other local operators and many home collectors. I repair both pins and arcade videos, doing component level board repairs to full shop outs. I also repair electro-mechanicals.
I now work out of my home full time, doing almost exclusively in shop repairs. I sometimes do in home repairs when the work load allows and when the customer is close.
Comments: I have been repairing pinball and arcade games for 6 years. I can do full shop jobs on pins as well as troubleshooting and board repair. I am also very experienced in MAME and have built over a dozen MAME cabs. I can also do computer repairs and upgrades. Prior to arcade repair, I was an Avionics Tech in the Marine Corps for 5 years and did board troubleshooting/repair on com/nav systems for many types of aircraft. Let me know what you need; I do house calls or drop offs.
Pinball Pimp - Jeff "Jetsy" Miller
Comments: I have been in the business since 2005. I specialize is full pinball restoration, full shop jobs, cabinet decals, cabinet stencils, playfield and cabinet touch-up, custom artwork & mods! I also do full arcade restoration and build custom MAME machinesl. I collaborate with Brady Miller (Pinball Shark) on pin projects, clearcoating and any other necessary things. Please get ahold of me for pricing and availability.
Pinball Shark - Brady Miller
Location: Lutz, FL, (813-598-5667), Website: www.pinballshark.com
Comments: Author of Game Plan Pinball Machines, A Complete Owner's Manual that was reviewed by GameRoom Magazine in 2001. I do pinball restoration, playfield touch-up, playfield swaps, cabinet refinishing, full shop jobs and clear coating. I can also refinish and clear coat smaller items such as shooter guns for example. Minor board repair and toubleshooting. Teaming up with Jeff Miller (Pinball Pimp) for commissioned high end full restoration of games.