One of the questions I'm asked most often is how I got into this business. Looking back, I must have been influenced from those childhood visits to places like Coney Island, Rockaway's Playland, Nunley's Amusement Park (sadly, it's now a Pep Boys) and all the boardwalk arcades along the Long Island beaches and the Jersey Shore. I fondly recall the game rooms filled with huge assortments of arcade games and pinball machines at the Catskill Mountain resorts we visited on our family trips. I quickly learned that if I bothered my parents enough, I would get a pocketful of change.
When I was about 17 years old it was my father who gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for amusement games. He'd ventured into operating his own game route! Who knows, maybe it was divine intervention. Soon I became an expert at servicing coin-op equipment, performing work for other route operators and arcades. Working on such a variety of equipment was a good training ground, but I could never escape the one coin-op device that interested me most... pinball machines. They were like a mechanical symphony of sights and sounds and by controlling the flippers you were the Maestro.
In my spare time I would restore old pinball machines and sell them to people to use in their homes. Before long, referrals came in from other people who wanted to buy a machine or get their machine fixed or restored. I still get the same feeling of gratification when I take an old tired machine and restore it to its former glory. It's been said that if you never want to work a day in your life, do something you love. I'm lucky. I love what I do. My restoration and repair work strives for the highest standard and the results speak for themselves. I invite you to come and see it all in person. Contact me today, won't you?
-- Ron Barbagallo
"Not hype just plain truth here. Anyone that knows me I used to buy every new machine made in box from mid 90's till about 2003.. sold them all about 34 machines..just came back in and just bought 2 machines Indiana Jones and Theater of Magic refurbished like new.
Have to say New York Pinball/Ronald Barbagallo does unreal work as like I said anyone that knows me knows I like new out of box and these 2 pins were unreal. If you want a great pin redone Ron is your guy. Costs money but the end result is unreal plays like new machines"
From: Tom B. / Southhold N.Y
Purchased: Creature from the Black Lagoon, Theatre of Magic, Indiana Jones, Star Trek Next Generation, Family Guy, Spider-Man Black Special Edition
"In case ALL OF THE RGPers didn't know ...Ronnie B, in LI, NY is "THE AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING PINBALL"...Ronnie placed a DIETY worthy of the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE in my home yesterday..a finer ORIGINAL example of Indiana Jones does not exist!!!!! Any one who doesn't do business with Ron is missing out on touching the hand of PINBALLS FINEST TECHNICIAN/GENTLEMEN...PERIOD!!!!...DON'T WORRY ABOUT RUBY GOLDBERG...RONNIE CAN FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!"
From: Seth L. / Flushing N.Y
Purchased: Tales from the Crypt, Cirqus Voltaire, Indiana Jones, The Shadow, Creature from the Black Lagoon
"I have one of the best pinball repair guys, his name is Ron. I have been using him for almost 3 years and he is a gem. He can fix most problems right on the spot, but most importantly he will NOT rip you off. He is extremely reasonable. He has repaired worked on all my pins: The Addams Family, Theatre of Magic, Medieval Madness, Funhouse and Revenge from Mars.
I just picked up a SWE1, which Ron has not had the opportunity to work on yet :)
P.S. I know Ron also owns a Indiana Jones pinball machine, so I know he will be very familiar with it's problems.
Rons # is 516-735-5756
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me."
From: Jeff P. / Port Washington N.Y
My middle kid is really awesome at all of them! She's loving it the most. Pirates is definitely the favorite of the older one, middle one LOVES Iron Man! Little one loves the red lights under the machines!!!!! Spiderman is the one I'm liking the most. Had 10 guys over last night and they were FLIPPING out!!! WE NEED MORE!!!!!! Lol!!!! If and when you get a Simpson's machine I would be interested in checking it out.
From: David N. / Roslyn N.Y
Purchased: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean
"The machine is beautiful, Ron. You did a great job restoring it. We are so pleased. I have posted feedback for you. Please do the same for me.
We would like to buy more machines--pinball and arcade. So if you ever have one in great condition that you want to sell, please give us a head's up. It might be a little while before we can afford the next, but from this experience, we'd like to buy from you."
Thanks so much,
From: Carrie B. / Ohio, (eBay)
Purchased: Kiss, Addams Family, Attack from Mars, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Indiana Jones, Scared Stiff
"I met Ronald Barbagallo at the White Rose Gameroom Show in York PA. He's super friendly and knowledgeable.
New York Pinball specializes in high-end sales and restoration of solid state pinball machines. Ron also provides service in the NY area. If you're looking for some high quality machines and willing to pay for them check out New York Pinball."
From: Pinball Junkie / James G.
(Yelp Reviews Website)
"If you need your pin serviced on Long Island, Ron from New York Pinball is the man.. He did an awesome job fixing my Indiana Jones, and was fair and reasonable with me... DON'T HESITATE to work with him, thanks to everyone who recommended him, MY INDY IS AWESOME NOW!!"
From: Harry R. / Baldwin N.Y
"Ronnie - I just wanted to drop you a quick note on the TZ pinball I got from you... It is freaking awesome and your a master of your craft. This machine is top notch, the best one I have ever seen. Looking forward to my next machine. Thanks again, John"
From: John L. / Port Washington N.Y
Purchased: Twilight Zone, Indiana Jones
"Dear New York Pinball,
Hello, I just wanted to give you an enormous compliment. Laser Ball is stunning; arresting. Your work is marvelous. I gave my ex boyfriend the Laser Ball backglass and he smashed it on my doorstep, leaving me to pick up the pieces. I have them in a box. I'm trying to make something of it. If I had the money I'd buy it. All I can tell you is to keep on doing what your doing. Your a master. Thank you."
From: Amber M. (eBay), Austin TX
"Just a quick note of thanks for hooking me up with those two machines. I really could not believe someone would take the time you did just to help a couple of your customers and a pinball hobbyist as much as you did. Especially since there was nothing in it for you other than finding a new home for a couple of old pinball machines. Class act all the way and best communications I have ever had on any transaction.
From: Clifford E. Jr. (Skip) / Carlisle PA
"Just wanted to take a minute to thank Ron. He was super easy and patient to deal with on my purchase of an Addams Family. It was packed crazy I think and arrived safe. He also helped me diagnose a loose wire from shipping over the phone this morning. Great seller and the Addams Family was as gorgeous as he described. Thanks Ron!"
From: John, (AKA: Coasterguy) / Dixon Illinois