How A Steel Ball Is Made

David LeonardUncategorized

The Best Video To Show You The Pinball Process I’ve been dealing with a back injury for the last 3 months and this is my first blog in a while. Sorry for the delay. I’ll try to be a bit more active. In case any of you have ever wondered how you get to a perfectly round and polished Ninja Pinball or any other steel ball for that matter, the link to this video will give you the step by step process.  As you can see, it takes time and a lot of heavy machinery to produce the type of … Read More

How Tariffs Effect You

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Higher costs The tariffs now placed on China’s imported steel products have a direct effect on pinballers. When the US places tariffs in imported steel and products, the importer raises the price of these products to cover the costs. The importer (you) will in turn pay a higher price at the market when you buy the products, like pinballs. Since American companies have prices higher than the gaming market will bear for the simple steel ball, most business have gone offshore to procure them. Now that they cost more, the American companies will in turn raise their prices to match … Read More

It’s Here!

David LeonardUncategorized

Finally got the carbon balls. After much anticipation and sweat, I finally got the carbon pinball in house…along with 2 tons of other types I need for specialty customers. Working with a herniated disc has been no fun this past month and is the reason this blog has been somewhat neglected. After a good bit of therapy I’m finally able to get around although I’m walking with a very distinctive limp. Steel, in bulk has become my nemesis. Enough about me – I bitch to much.  As I was saying, the Carbon Pinball is in stock as well as the … Read More

Don’t Ya Hate When That Happens?

David LeonardUncategorized

Pain will take the pinball right out of you. Scored a very nice portable air conditioner 3 weeks ago and lifted it into the van thus rupturing a disc in my back. The pain has been so severe, I’ve really not thought about steel balls much. Except of course for the fact that I’m getting almost 4 tons of stock in by the end of next week and I have no idea who will help me load and unload and stock all the Carbon pinballs and Ninjas, as well as utility balls and other gaming balls for Labyrinth and Mouse … Read More

Do You Shop Around?

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How do you buy your pinball gear? Day3//Are you a person who goes to one store for everything or do you have certain places you go to for specific items? If you do it in your everyday life, does it also apply to your pinball world? Flippers, bumpers, circuit panels, lights or the simple Steel ball, they add up to the entire body of your pinball game. And then there are the thousands of different games with common and proprietary parts. Might be, you should see a specialist for problems you have with the different body parts of your valued … Read More

So, What About The Ninja Ball?

David LeonardUncategorized

IS IT REALLY A BETTER BALL? Day 2 //It’s been almost a year since the ballbaron.com website was stampeded by all the enthusiastic pinballers out there. I’m grateful, excited and still playing catch-up, a little bit. There are probably as many, if not more pinball machine collectors and players out there than there are classic car buffs. I think, at heart, the two are very similar. Nothing says good old fashion Americana like the flashy display of a polished 57 Chevy or the loud report and blinking features of a well-cared for Kiss game. The Ninja ball will get you … Read More

Day 1 – Welcome To The Ballbaron.com Blog!

David LeonardUncategorized

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Pinball Central Blog of Spheres Welcome all – It’s time to put this ballbaron.com blog to use for both the exchange of ideas regarding all things pinball as well as the other categories of items I sell. I’m not sure how often I’ll update this or how many topics I can cover with my limited knowledge of the gaming side. One thing is for sure, and that’s balls. We’ll have a few discussions on that to start things off and the Ninja pinball is at the top of the list. I’m not going to write novels on here either. These will be … Read More