NEWS: Pinball STILL on Hiatus

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Pinball on Hiatus

It’s been a while, folks.

And unfortunately it’s going to be a while longer.

When we shut down service calls in March, we thought it might be a couple of weeks, maybe a month, before we’d be back out and taking care of your games. We were hopeful even as the weeks continued to crawl along and a month passed, and then another. A few weeks ago, we thought it might be okay to get back to work. Bars were re-opening, people were going back to work. We started organizing our calls and we even made a few appointments.

And then the numbers began rising again. And then we got a call that someone had been diagnosed with Covid-19 at a house we were scheduled to be at in thirty minutes. Way too close for comfort. For ours, and for yours.

So we’re still on hiatus. It’s not the easy choice. We’d rather be out there fixing machines, making you happy, and actually earning a living. But it’s the safe choice, and it’s the choice we’ve made.

We’re still here for you. If you need advice, call us. We’re always happy to help you fix your own machines. If you need parts, call us. We have a no–contact pickup service. You can pay in advance and never even come inside. If you can bring your machine to us, we can fix it in the shop. (No, we can’t go pick it up.)

But, no, we’re not coming to your house for a while, and, no, we can’t recommend someone else who can. Let’s all just stay as safe as possible so we can get through this as well as possible. We’ll see you soon, we hope.

Thank you!

Kris and Leslie
Owners, Firebird Pinball

All-Star Addams Family

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Check out this amazing Addams Family pinball machine!  This game was a great example of an awesome title — and it didn’t last long.
We have another one on the way, so let us know ASAP if you’re interested in that one!

Bally came out with The Addams Family in 1992, and produced more than 22,000 units. It’s the the most popular games ever made. (IPDB)

The game came out a year after the movie version of everyone’s favorite oddball family, starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, among others.

We love this game, and we always treat it right! We gave this one a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, tumbled, sanded, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We installed a new ramp, Cliffy’s, tons of decals, art blades, swamp lights, blue LED strips in the topper, and more.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Check out that beautiful glow!

We also put in all new post sleeves, silicone rings, Super Bands, balls, yeah, the list just keeps going.

Two more cool touches —  new  pop bumper skirts and bodies color-matched to the bumper caps and this awesome “Uncle Lester” mod. Ooooooh.

Check out those awesome decals!

Here’s the Thing box. Isn’t it pretty? Enjoy the game, Randy!

Time Warp is SOLD!!

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Check out this awesome Time Warp!
We just finished a full shop job on this game, and it looks and plays great. So great that it sold already. Sorry! But keep looking; we’ll have more games!

Williams came out with Time Warp in 1979, and produced nearly 8,900 of the games.

We gave this one a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, washed, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. Then we touched up a few spots on the playfield and applied an automotive clearcoat to give it a beautiful shine.

We also rebuilt the power supply, and replaced the 40-pin interconnect on MPU and driver board. We removed the batteries and put in an NVRAM, too. The game is set for free play and works 100%!

We added lots of extra little touches, including new drop target stickers.

We also installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game.

Half of the production run of this game came with Banana flippers, half came with normal flippers. The normal flippers play better than the bananas and are what is currently on the game, but a set of bananas with the rubber caps are included if you wanted to switch over.

Check out that beautiful glow!

This game looks great!

Enjoy the game, Ernie!


NEWS: Lemoncade Permanently Closed

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UPDATE: We’re sad to learn that the Lemoncade has permanently closed its doors during the covid shutdown. We were rooting for this Glendale spot, and we wish the best to those involved in it.


NOTE: This blog ran in Jan. 2019. We’re leaving it up in memoriam.
We just had the pleasure of checking out the coolest spot in downtown Glendale, the Lemoncade! This place is awesome, with a ton of great games, and some sweet treats too. Head on over to 5754 W Glendale Ave. and see what you think. We give it two thumbs up!

We headed over on a recent weekday to check out the machines at the Lemoncade.

You can tell right away that this place is cool, with a great selection of pinball machines and some other fun games too.

The Lemoncade opened in July and has become a popular part of downtown Glendale.

The place hosts a ton of events with local musicians and DJs, and has space for parties and other events.

You know you want to play them.

Or maybe take a turn on this? Check out the Lemoncade soon. Oh, and did we mention there’s a great selection of lemonade drinks?!

NEWS: Goodbye, D&D

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We just heard the news: D&D Pinball has closed indefinitely.
This place was the first all-pinball arcade in Arizona, and was instrumental in the pinball community for years, hosting state tournaments, fundraisers, and more. Every year, they brought a big contingent of games all the way up to ZapCon. It was a great place to be. So of course we’re sad.
But we’re heartened by their official announcement, which you can read here. Hopefully we’ll hear more from D&D and from Robert and Constance in the future. Thanks for everything, and we look forward to what you do next!

NEWS: Pinball on Hiatus

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Pinball on Hiatus

ZapCon is cancelled. Barcades are closed. Tournaments are shut down. Folks, we know these are trying times for the pinball soul, but also truly a time when we can look at something larger and make sure that we’re all doing our part.

We learned yesterday that the organizers behind ZapCon, the state’s biggest and most amazing pinball and arcade gathering, have pulled the plug on this year’s convention. We’ve talked to friends who are closing their barcades indefinitely. And we’ve crossed off all the upcoming tournaments that have been cancelled as local leagues shut down.

We’re also doing our part. We’re shutting down service calls as of further notice, until all of this blows over. The boss had back surgery last month and has to stay safe. And we want you to stay safe too. So we won’t be in your home for a while, but we’ll be in the shop, hopefully working on some projects here and shopping some customers’ games.

Please feel free to call, text, or email with questions. And we can put you in the queue for service calls when we’re back on the road. Until then, please stay safe and keep those around us safe too by following recommended precautions and avoiding any gathering of more than a few dozen people.

Thank you for understanding, and for looking at the larger picture. Pinball will return soon. And hopefully we can all look back and share toilet paper stories as we get back to real life, and pinball too.

Kris and Leslie
Owners, Firebird Pinball


They Are the Champions

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Huge thanks to all those involved in the state pinball championships this past weekend. From the tournament directors to the crew at StarFighters Arcade, to all the participants, everyone worked hard to ensure the day was amazing.

And kudos to our champions! Great work!
Winner of the women’s tournament was Lee Ann Scardina,
while Mark Pearson took the overall championship.

Now let’s start working on 2020 points!

There’s our champ Lee Ann, second from left. Far left is Terri Boyd, who finished third, second from right is Tracy Lindbergh, who finished second, and on the right is Mary Lopez, who snagged fourth place. Great work, ladies!

The winner of the general tournament was Mark, second from left. Will McKinney, far left, finished second. Paul Blanco, second from right, finished third, and Henry Hanshaw, on far right, took fourth! Great work, guys!

State Championships Are Here!

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The state pinball champions for 2019 will be crowned on Saturday!

Check out the awesome trophies that will be awarded in the women’s tournament!

The open and women’s tournaments will take place at StarFighters Arcade, with each competition featuring sixteen of the state’s best players battling in head-to-head matches.
The venue won’t be open to the public so the players can concentrate on their games.

Firebird Pinball has been happy to help support our local pinball leagues, and we wanted to wish everyone good luck. Especially one player: Our own boss Leslie made the cut this year! Go #12!

There she is! Getting in a little practice at StarFighters earlier this week.

Eyes on the game!

Good luck, everyone! (Especially Leslie!)

Ultra HUO Simpsons was AMAZING!

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Check this out! We just delivered this AMAZING Simpsons Pinball Party to a great customer. This machine was Home Use Only with 854 plays. No cabinet wear! No flipper button wear! A beautiful example of this highly sought-after title. Aren’t you sorry you missed it?

Stern came out with The Simpsons Pinball Party in 2003, as our favorite family of misfits celebrated its 14th season of TV. (IPDB) (IMDB)

This machine hardly saw any play since then, preserved in its bright, perfect yellow glory for its lucky second owner.

We gave this game a full shop job before it went on its way. This game was practically brand new!

Everything works 100% on this game and it came with full LEDs throughout.

This game is a perennial favorite of players of all skill levels. With its great them and fun toys, it has something for everyone.

Even this garage sticker was original. Enjoy the machine, Erik!

Paragon is Something Else

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We had a couple of really nice late ’70s machines come through the shop recently. After seeing so many games that have seen better days, it’s nice to share some shots of a quality machine. Check out this sweet Paragon!

Bally came out with Paragon in 1979 and produced around 9,120 of the games. (IPDB)

The game was Bally’s first widebody game, and also utilized four flippers.

This game is usually pretty well-loved, but this machine has seen some care during its life. Check out how nice this cabinet is!

We gave the machine a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, washed, polished, or otherwise cleaned.

We installed LEDs throughout as well as some special touches.

Check out that beautiful glow.

Enjoy the game, Gilbert! It’s a beauty!