Steve Young has attained legendary status in the pinball community, thanks to his unrivalled knowledge and stock of pinball parts at his company, The Pinball Resource.
Steve also manufactures many previously-unobtainable parts for EM and solid-state machines, and is the only official Gottlieb/Premier/Mylstar licensee.
Interview by John Greatwich
When did you first play pinball?
Where are your favorite places to play pinball?
What types of pinball machines do you own (EM, solid-state, DMD)?
How many do you own now, and what are some of your favorites?
Do you still have any local commercial locations to play pinball?
Are there any restrictions on operating or playing pinball in your area?
Shows are great, but to do shows today I would need to have a separate 'show crew' in order to be less disruptive of general business.
We are seeing more pinball machines being developed by small companies other than Stern Pinball. What is your opinion on this new interest in the game?
Where would you like to see the pinball machine technology go in the future?
Do you like mods for pinball machines?
How do you like new lighting technology?
What do you think the cost per play of new pins should be?
What annoys you the most about pinball on location?
How can we get more new people interested in playing pinball?
Do you think we need to return to simpler and easier to understand pinballs?
How do you think pinball manufacturers can make a more playable and friendly game?
How annoyed do you get with missing balls or hang-ups on games?
Do you think pinball manufacturers should get smart and kick out another ball quickly if there is a ball missing or not scoring?
How do you rank yourself as a player, and do you play in tournaments?
The cost of new pinball ownership has increased greatly over the last few years. Does this stop you from buying new machines?
With the introduction of new technology, do you think pinball machines have become easier to service and more reliable?
Pinballs machines are heavy objects to move around. Do you think they need to be lighter?
How do you like the warranty offered for new pinball machines and parts?
Does traditional mechanical pinball need more radical changes?
Tell us a little about your company.
As companies have faded into the sunset, we have thrived on keeping old hardware and technology running. It is fun to find something that has not been made in years and make it available again. We were the first to break down the barrier to allow a non-distributor to purchase from the factories directly in the mid '90s. Our access to factory parts, expertise, tooling and vendors has stood us well in keeping games running that were intended for short commercial lives.
Long live pinball! The ball will allllllways be wild!
If readers would like more information?
Thanks for your time Steve.
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