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Pinball Repair at your Home and at the VFW

If you need in-home pinball repair, please send us an email to info@vfwpinball.com (email is best as phone calls 248-390-5382 are more difficult to answer). Rates are extremely reasonable. Actually you would be surprised how inexpensive professional in-home pinball repair can be. In home pinball repairs covers the areas of south east Michigan and Detroit metro area like Brighton, Howell, Novi, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Adrain, Northville, Hartland, Milford, Pinckney, Chelsea, Flint, Fenton, Clarkston, Holly, Whitmore Lake, Milan, Saline, Hamburg, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Wixom, South Lyon, Orchard Lake, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Birmingham, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Walled Lake, Roseville, Beverly Hills MI, Redford, Livonia, Westland, White Lake, Grass Lake, Commerce, Franklin, Taylor, Dearborn, East Lansing, Fowlerville, Haslett, Mason, Holt. Basically around the Detroit area and west (more or less). Also go towards E. Lansing down the I96 corridor.

If you are outside our repair area, we can also repair your game at our facility. Usually we work it like this… you bring the game in the morning, and pick it up repairs later in the day. Go get some lunch or shopping, and come back and retrieve your repaired game!

Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Show 2020

People are asking about the Ann Arbor VFW show and the Corona virus. Here’s the bottom line… We are moving the show to September 19 and 20, 2020. We had to move the show from the original April date to September because of the virus situation. We had no choice!

Your ticket reservations are still good!

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Reviews of the Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Show

The reviews are in from the May Ann Arbor pinball show case (the one weekend a year that the Museum is open to the public), and it was an over whelming success! We had plenty of email comments, like this one:

“Last weekend was amazing. You have what I can only refer to as The Literal HEAVEN of Pinball. The collection is jaw dropping, but the greatest asset of your operation is the quality that those games are kept. I have never played pinball games that have felt brand new before. I finished three games last Saturday and it’s not because I’m that good, it’s because I’ve never played on games this crisp. Thank You for that opportunity.”

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Ann Arbor Pinball Museum location

The A2 Pinball Museum is located in Green Oaks Township off US23 at Silver Lake road. (A generalized map is shown below.) This is about 8 miles directly north of Ann Arbor at 8891 Spicer rd, Brighton MI 48116. NOTE WE ARE NOT OPEN FOR PUBLIC PLAY due to township restrictions. We are allowed to be open to the public up to four weekends a year only.

Populating the museum with pinball games

We have progressed pretty well in getting our museum pinball machines from our other locations, and set up at the VFW museum. Below are some pictures of the games, by era. Right now we have games from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and newer machines set up and ready for a workout!


One side of the 1950s woodrail pinballs

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What is the Ann Arbor Pinball Show & Museum?

The Ann Arbor Pinball Show and Pinball Museum is Clay Harrell’s pinball project, as a way to play and showcase his collection of vintage pinball machines. Purchased an old VFW hall on 10 acres of property in Green Oaks Township (Hamburg VFW), which is about 8 miles north of Ann Arbor (on highway US23 at Silver Lake Road.) The VFW name was recycled to mean “Vintage Flipper World” to keep the building, which is rich in history, familiar to its roots. There are a handful of people that help out with the museum, from maintaining and restoring the machines, to doing building upkeep and maintenance.

We have a formal agreement with the township to only be open up to four weekends a year. (As of now, we are just opening one weekend a year.) Yes we know it’s a bit silly to be a museum that’s only open a few days a year, but that’s how it worked out with the township and the insurance company. This is not unlike PAPA (in Pittsburg) and Banning CA, and their pinball facilities (open a weekend a year.) So every May the Ann Arbor pinball museum is open to a set number of people (tickets must be gotten in advance, and are limited in numbers.) Note the Ann Arbor Pinball Museum is the third largest dedicated pinball venue in North America.

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