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Member: tenholtpianist
From: Haarlem, Netherlands (find on the map)
Specialty': Electromechanicals from the 50's and 60's
Member since: 06/20/2010
15 pinball machines
last updated: 04/15/2019
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pinball nameDBmanufacturerconditionis it for sale?notespictures
BALLS-A-POPPIN Bally (USA)Set up, plays!Never1956 Bally. After I found some small parts of this game at internet, I decided to build and assemble missing parts myself and reconstruct a complete Balls-a-Poppin game. After a year of work I was able to play the first game at this famous multiball pinball. The most difficult part was reconstruction of playfield silkscreen print. This is a list of parts assembled or made by myself: panel and cabinet (made from 50-ties Bally bingo games), print on panel and cabinet, woodrails, plywood playfield (silkscreen printing included), wooden playfield parts, wires, all stepper units (from Bally bingo components). Remaining playfield parts were assembled by Bally 60-ties parts. List of original parts used: score motor, 6 relays, reset bank, flipper buttons, tilt assembly, coin shute, credit button, plunger, lock bar, cigarette holder, 4 sling shot kickers, kickout hole unit, outhole kicker unit, wild ball kicker unit (partially), 20 playfield posts, 4 plastic shields, 6 rollover buttons, instruction and score cards. Reproduction parts imported from USA: back glass, bumper caps and flipper caps. Special thanks to Riccardo (webmaster of this site) who was kind to show me his great pinball collection in Milano. He allowed me to measure his Balls-a-Poppin game in detail.
BE-BOP Exhibit (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNever1950 Exhibit's. Cute game with 'bobble bumpers'! Almost every part of this game was repainted in horrible colors. (For some reason the games I find in Belgium are almost always repainted). After long hours of work the mechanic parts work. The graphics need total reconstruction.  
BIG BEN Williams (USA)Set up, needs some workNever1954 Williams. Bought this game in Italy. The backglass is flaking badly. I will make a new silkscreen backglass this year.
C.O.D. Williams (USA)Set up, needs some workNever1953 Williams. I got fascinated by this early Williams game because of asymmetric playfield. The game features 5 trap holes. Once caught by a trap hole, ball will remain stuck until end of game. But the trap holes award big points. This game offers many ways to earn free plays. It works almost perfect but playfield needs restoration. I recently made a real silkscreen back glass myself (picture 3 and 4). This game makes me smile every time I play it. The automatic flipper on the right bottom is very funny. It's controlled by the pinball machine itself. C.O.D. is the only EM pinball ever made featuring a single automatic flipper.
FLYING SAUCERS Genco (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverGenco's 1950. Pretty graphics and surprisingly nice to play. When all kickout holes are completed and the three planets are lit almost all targets score a replay. The body of this game was repainted in horrible colors. This needs restoration.
GEORGIA Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNever  
HI-SCORE Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!Never1967 Gottlieb. I was about 9 y/o when I first played Gottlieb's Hi-Score. I fell in love immediately. The colors look great. Fast ball play.
HUMPTY DUMPTY Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!Never1947 Gottlieb. Mint condition. Great game to play! No surprise it was such a big hit in the 40-ties.
KICK-OFF Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverSoccer Kick-Off, 1958 Williams. Looking for a better backglass. Very nice playfield.  
NIFTY Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNever  
NINE SISTERS Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverWilliams 1953. I recently purchased this game in US. It needs restoration, but it's complete. Just like C.O.D. and Big Ben this game features an asymmetrical playfield. It has a ramp too which is extremely unusual for an EM game. The game is in poor condition, but I love to restore pin games and wake them up.
SEA WOLF Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverI bought this game in Sweden. Seller found it in a barn. It had been stored there for decades. The owner of the barn used to have a bar where visitors could play this game. It has been vast asleep until now. After many hours of work the game plays fast and smooth. It was fascinating to clean the mechanical parts of the disappearing bumper, which is a very rare playfield part.
SKYWAY Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverAfter a long, long search I found this great game. Skyway features an elevated wireform track which is highly unusual for a 50ties EM game. Picture shows game ready to be crated and shipped. Will post more pics later.
STAR-JET Bally (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNever  
THUNDERBIRD Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverWilliams 1954. Found this game in Canada. This game has a remarkable rule set. Balls captured in left bottom pockets can be released by shooting ball in right top lane. A very early example of an add-a-ball game!
DISCLAIMER: This page shows the pinball machine Collection of PinballOwners member tenholtpianist from Haarlem, Netherlands. The coin operated pinball machines listed above, including their images, were uploaded into our database by tenholtpianist himself; tenholtpianist is the sole responsible for the information contained in this page. The pinball machines shown above are not necessarily for sale! Please refer to the 4th column in the list to know whether a certain pinball is for sale or not. Most likely tenholtpianist's pinball machines are second-hand (used) pinballs that were once installed in bars and other public places; their value as a collectible largely depends on appearance and functionality of every single machine.
Comments left by other members of our website
 From joseallen on 07-27-2018 16:41:
Great collection there. Your rebuild of Balls-a-Poppin is unbelievable! Congrats
 From surfchamp on 05-19-2018 18:12:
Great collection! Love the Flaying Saucers game.
 From klokkie on 04-12-2018 14:06:
Great collection. Seen them live and they are amazing. :-)
 From integ194 on 12-02-2017 22:48:
A wonderful collection. Your craftsmanship is astounding-congratulations.
 From gorgar on 04-29-2016 10:38:
Nice Little collection. Very interesting to see, that they already used the stepper Units back in the 1950's. Looks like they stayed the same until the end of EM in the mid-70ies. Would be beautiful to Play a few rounds on your Balls-a-poppin. Greetings from Germany: Gorgar
 From danimal1481 on 01-06-2016 21:41:
Your reproduction looks great. I can't even guess how many hours you have into the project. I'm working on an almost complete machine and still get overwhelmed sometimes. Do you have and resources on where you reproduced the plastics and backglass?
 From znet on 11-23-2015 17:33:
Incredible Balls-a-Poppin' creation. I am astounded that you undertook such an arduous project. We'll done!
 From webmaster on 07-14-2015 13:42:
Hey, your Balls-a-Poppin looks almost like the Real Thing. You have amazing building skills and it shows up!!! Congrats, can't wait to see what your next project will be :-)
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