Very cool that my custom “10th Avenue Freeze Out” machine has been picked up by numerous Springsteen sites, including backstreets.com, an official online Springsteen fan magazine.
Lots of fans from Italy and the U.K. as well seem to be drooling over the design. It is still my favorite of my creations, mostly because of the cool turntable/roulette wheel feature and sound clip sound track.
The play field artwork took months to get right- I wanted to tell the story of the song from the top on down to the bottom- with the top highlighting the NYC skyline in the rain (teardrops in the city)- the middle showing a street scene of gathering youth, a tenement building, a radio playing- and the lower section highlighting piano keys, music, the 45 record, and silhouettes of the “little pretties” raising their hands.
As a fan creating this work for my own pleasure, it became an homage to the Boss and the Band circa 1975. Up until recently, I hadn’t really shared the images of the work to sites where other fans might enjoy it. Previously, it was displayed at a local RI Maker Faire and on a few pinball sites, but the response was nothing like it has been recently ever since “Backstreets” made my playfield their Facebook wallpaper.
So thanks to the best fans in the world- fans of Bruce- for getting me some exposure. It makes the 6 months of work it took to build it worthwhile!
So many of you have made statements like “I want one!”, “Where can I get one?”, “Is this real?”, “Is it for sale?”, etc. This is all very flattering. So there is good news and bad news related to these questions- first, the bad news- this unit is my prototype, and it is not for sale.
However- the very good news is that I have a very similar donor machine (with the same roulette wheel feature) that I can customize for someone using the same artwork (slightly altered to fit this machine). The price can run anywhere from a few thousand dollars to much more than that depending on how much additional customization you may want… If you are serious about wanting one, we can make that happen- and it will be a lot less expensive than any other custom machines since I’d be reusing artwork I already have!
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I also have an active Facebook account for Pinventions as well- currently under my name (David Gaskill). If you want to keep up with my Pinventions work, send a friend request and like the site. Or call me at 401-212-7500.
So to my new Springsteen fan friends- thanks for the supportive, encouraging comments! and feel free to write, comment or call. I will reply in person to anyone taking the time to contact me.