Bryan Kelly first came to public prominence with his invention of the world-famous Pin Footies carpet protectors for pinball machines.
Since then Bryan has moved into pinball restoration and refurbishment, turning out top-quality machines with an eye for detail and an insistence on perfection. He also offers up his pearls of wisdom to listeners of the Spooky Pinball podcast.
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?
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 work.
I also make these silly wood coasters called Pin Footies. They keep the legs of your pins from digging into your carpet and leaving deep, ugly holes. You can find them at Pinball Life, Bay Area Amusements and Marco Specialties.
Any insights into new products coming soon?
How do you promote your products?
Thanks for your time Bryan.
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