Todd Tuckey, Electronic skills and the Future of the Pinball Hobby

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Todd Tuckey, Electronic skills and the Future of the Pinball Hobby

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Yes­ter­day we high­lighted Jer­sey Jack as one of the Peo­ple who are dri­ving the Pin­ball Hobby by his cre­ation of brand new games designed more toward pub­lic pur­chase rather than arcades.

Today I’d like to Focus on Todd Tuckey whose forte is the repair and restora­tion of the older games that were designed for a dif­fer­ent era when the pri­mary goal was for an arcade/​bowling alley etc to fill the coin box. Todd Talked about this dur­ing his sem­i­nar yesterday.

His sem­i­nar was all about restor­ing an old Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Man Game and the pro­ce­dure to fix it. There is a whole sec­tion of the Pin­ball hobby for restor­ing pin­ball machines (the term used is “shop­ping a machine” which involves a knowl­edge of elec­tron­ics, sol­der­ing etc. He took a few ques­tions on that as well.

This high­lights one of the real dif­fer­ence between those who have been in the hobby for some time and those newly enter­ing via bar­cades and events like this. The old guard tends to have a fair pop­u­lar who knows about cir­cuit boards, capac­i­tors, heat syncs etc but many of the new folks are just inter­ested in a game that runs. I asked Todd about that in the Q & A.

Now in the old days there were a fair amount of young men who would learn about elec­tron­ics in “shop” classes and decide to go in that direc­tion, but with soci­ety con­vinc­ing peo­ple that unless they put them­selves in debt a few hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars for a degree (even if such a degree is LBGT dance stud­ies) they are some­how infe­rior, you are see­ing less peo­ple of either sex learn­ing these kind of skills.

On the plus side because games at home are not con­tin­u­ally on have per­haps 810 hours a day of play 300+ days a year (and are likely sub­ject to less abuse as you are less likely to mis­treat a machine you own) both a new Jer­sey Jack machine that you are pay­ing 6-​10K for an old game after a Tuckey restora­tion that might cost $2500 your game is likely to last you decades.

I did a very long inter­view with Todd in three parts as my cam­eras alter­na­tively kept run­ning out of bat­tery or shut them­selves off for no appar­ently rea­son it is in three parts

Part 2

and Part 3

Todd’s busi­ness TNT Amuse­ments is here
Todd’s own Youtube chan­nel has made him a leg­end in the indus­try, you can see is here and includes this clas­sic moment from last year of me get­ting in trou­ble with DA wife until she real­izes she’s being recorded

His videos are a plethora of knowl­edge about elec­tron­ics and repair­ing machines, in other words actual prac­ti­cal skills worth knowing.

I sub­mit and sug­gest that with the growth of the hobby it might be worth­while to ditch the pre­his­toric microag­gres­sion stud­ies degree that you’re work­ing on and instead pick up this elec­tron­ics knowl­edge which pays real money. Even bet­ter if haven’t built up more debt than the cost of the entire Jer­sey Jack Pin­ball line because your still in High school see if you can begin to pick up the knowl­edge there that can pro­vide a career and a hobby for a lifetime.

Wel­come Todd Tuckey fans: We have a lot of Pin­ball cov­er­age here includ­ing cov­er­age of every Pin­tas­tic since the first one, Pin­ball loca­tions in NJ and Mary­land and of course a ton of inter­views of all types. Take a peek around I hope you enjoy it.

Todd Tuckey Pintastic NE 2018

Yesterday we highlighted Jersey Jack as one of the People who are driving the Pinball Hobby by his creation of brand new games designed more toward public purchase rather than arcades.

Today I’d like to Focus on Todd Tuckey whose forte is the repair and restoration of the older games that were designed for a different era when the primary goal was for an arcade/bowling alley etc to fill the coin box. Todd Talked about this during his seminar yesterday.

His seminar was all about restoring an old Six Million Dollar Man Game and the procedure to fix it. There is a whole section of the Pinball hobby for restoring pinball machines (the term used is “shopping a machine” which involves a knowledge of electronics, soldering etc. He took a few questions on that as well.

This highlights one of the real difference between those who have been in the hobby for some time and those newly entering via barcades and events like this. The old guard tends to have a fair popular who knows about circuit boards, capacitors, heat syncs etc but many of the new folks are just interested in a game that runs. I asked Todd about that in the Q & A.

Now in the old days there were a fair amount of young men who would learn about electronics in “shop” classes and decide to go in that direction, but with society convincing people that unless they put themselves in debt a few hundred thousand dollars for a degree (even if such a degree is LBGT dance studies) they are somehow inferior, you are seeing less people of either sex learning these kind of skills.

On the plus side because games at home are not continually on have perhaps 8-10 hours a day of play 300+ days a year (and are likely subject to less abuse as you are less likely to mistreat a machine you own) both a new Jersey Jack machine that you are paying 6-10K for an old game after a Tuckey restoration that might cost $2500 your game is likely to last you decades.

I did a very long interview with Todd in three parts as my cameras alternatively kept running out of battery or shut themselves off for no apparently reason it is in three parts

Part 2

and Part 3

Todd’s business TNT Amusements is here
Todd’s own Youtube channel has made him a legend in the industry, you can see is here and includes this classic moment from last year of me getting in trouble with DA wife until she realizes she’s being recorded

His videos are a plethora of knowledge about electronics and repairing machines, in other words actual practical skills worth knowing.

I submit and suggest that with the growth of the hobby it might be worthwhile to ditch the prehistoric microaggression studies degree that you’re working on and instead pick up this electronics knowledge which pays real money. Even better if haven’t built up more debt than the cost of the entire Jersey Jack Pinball line because your still in High school see if you can begin to pick up the knowledge there that can provide a career and a hobby for a lifetime.

Welcome Todd Tuckey fans: We have a lot of Pinball coverage here including coverage of every Pintastic since the first one, Pinball locations in NJ and Maryland and of course a ton of interviews of all types. Take a peek around I hope you enjoy it.