Pachinko has been played all over the Orient ever since 1947. It was originally designed to be a diversionary or entertaining game for the Japanese. Since 1947, the game has taken on many different uses for play. A pachinko machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but with no flippers and a large number of relatively small balls. The player fires a ball up into the machine, controlling only its initial speed. The ball then cascades down through a dense forest of pins, and in most cases, the ball falls to the bottom and is lost. However, if it instead goes into certain pockets, more balls are released as a jackpot. The object of the game is to capture as many balls as possible. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes.
When Pachinko Parlors decommissioned the machines after about a year of use, they were sold cheap to make room for newer models. Servicemen and businessmen started to bring them back in the late 1940’s. There were hundreds of thousands of pachinko machines imported in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and sold by Sears, Montgomery Wards, Target Abroad, Woolworth, Pachinko Palace, Spiegel, Pachinko Imports, The Pachinko Factory, Sutra Import, Kmart, Meshulam's, Pier 1 imports, and others. The newer pachinko machines are still imported today and sold around the county and online. When video games became popular, or when enough of the balls were lost making the game unplayable, the pachinko machines were put into storage and forgotten.
My first pachinko machine was a Sankyo I purchase from Pachinko Palace in 1978. I love to play it so much that I took it apart to see how it worked. I knew then that I had the talent to work on them because when I put it back together everthing worked. I got my second pachinko, a Nishijin, at a second hand store as part of a deal on a used washing machine in 1992. I started to see what was happening to the old machines that were often stored in barns, attics and garages collecting dust and falling apart due to disrepair. I started Pachinko Restorations in 2009 to help people get their machines back up and working again. In 2013 I acquired Vintage Pachinko LLC inventory of parts and machines, giving Pachinko Restorations one of the largest collection of vintage pachinko parts and machines.
Here at Pachinko Restorations, we buy, sell, trade, repair and restore vintage pachinko machines. Striving to do our best to fabricate parts to replace broken and missing components on these machines, to get them back to their original working condition, so your kids can have as much fun playing as you did. There is no charge to evaluate your machine to determine what repair parts are needed or how much of a restoration it would need. We also offer a wide range of parts, accessories, and information for Do It Yourself pachinko owners.
I am always looking for Vintage Pachinko Machines from the 60's and 70's, working or not, so clean out your closet, attic, basement and garage. Price is determined by condition, functionality, manufacturer, playing field features, accessories and the distance I have to travel outside of the Tulsa area or shipping cost. If you send a photo (front and back please), I can give you a better idea of what I will pay. If you just want to get rid of yours, we will pay for the shipping in most cases.