I prefer to communicate in English, but it is also possible to chat with me in German, Polish, French, Spanish, and Italian.
I speak and write US English, hence the use of American flags to indicate that the text you read, from your point of view, will be full of spelling mistakes.
J'apprends encore le français, mais je peux communiquer en français grâce à un traducteur.
Welcome pinball enthusiasts from all over the world!
If you've come here to order something, I am sorry to disappoint you, but there’s no on-line store. Click on the WhatsApp icon to chat with me or go straight to my Discord and talk to me there. You ought to know me to get something from me. This is not an e-commerce website. It’s an Old School site, and it has to stay this way for a number of reasons, inlcuding legal ones.
Xianek and I am a pirate (with a chest full of treasures), a pinball collector, a modder, and an artist as some have called me in the past. Although, I am not sure if the latter is the correct term in my case, because I collaborate with other artists on some of the projects. Pinball and Arcades are my favorite hobbies. I also do software development, app development, electronics, raster and vector art design, web design, video and sound editing. Sometimes, I make music with the use of synthesizers, which I also collect. I am also into retro computers, especially home computers, from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. When it comes to pinball, I am not a great player, but at least occasionally, I am pretty good at pinball restoration, design and redesign of Translites, Backglasses, Decals, Side Blades, Speaker Panels and everything else that’s related to pinball or arcade game artwork. Having a moderate OCD, I am obsessed with quality, and I love exploring new printing technologies, as well as pinball modding ideas. Some say, I’ve mastered the art of remastering and improving the original Translies in the digital world, making alternate versions, and making multi-layered glass prints, which often feature some interesting special effects usually not seen in the pinball world.I am
If you’ve come to my website, the chances are you're looking for something to improve your pinball machine. Or, perhaps you have an idea you’d like implemented, but you lack the resources to get it done. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place. I strongly encourage you to join my Discord Club. It is a private place, where I can discuss topics openly without censorship, trolls, and haters. And, you can buy or trade some pinball related products with me in there as well.
Feel free to explore my website and if you have any questions, use one of the options to contact me directly. I am almost always available.
Thanks to my supporters the catalog of products grows constantly and currently includes: Side Blades or Art Blades (on Decal, PET G, or on Polycarbonate), Mirror Blades, Translites on Backlight Film, Backglasses on tempered glass, and Translites on PET G with or without black mask, and with or without special effects such as cutouts, or translucent elements; PCBs, fluorescent plastic protectors (FLUOs), Posters, Roll-ups, Keychains, Stickers, Pinball Gadgets, Cabinet Decals, including easily applicable and easily removable decals on Gekkon-like material, Pin Cards (including magnetic ones), Aprons, custom pinball makeover kits, and all kinds of data files. Click on the collage image to view my portfolio.
A note on Translites: With the current technology, there is no cost effective way to make a Translite like it used to be made from celluloid film. For this reason alone, your original Translite is precious because it cannot be recreated today using the same technology. However, if you need a replacement, you usually get a replica. Most replicas are just scanned original Translites and printed on white backlight foil. My philosophy is that since I can’t make the translite 100% true to the original anymore, I might as well improve or change something about it. Therefore, I remaster it. I scan it at high DPI, retouch it, redraw some parts, modify some parts, vectorize elements that are not too complex, like a logo for example, add some special effects, like transparency or translucency, mask out some parts where I don’t want the light to penetrate the Translite, and then I get it printed on a professional equipment with multiple passes of the printing head over the material to achieve extreme contrasts and colors. In the end, I don’t call it a "repo", or “replica”. I call it “remake”, or "remastered", because the final result often surpasses the original, though not always. The quality is extremely important to me. The cost and the originality is not.
Most of my products will not work well for people who believe that they are getting a perfect replica for their original. That's why I don't call it that. I've said that numerous times on the forums, and I am clearly stating this on my website. Please keep your original Translites as they are really precious. If you are obsessed with originality, your main option is to source NOS products. There will always be people who prefer how things were, and that is normal. Some prefer silkscreen prints over digital prints, bulbs over LEDs, vinyl over CD, a gasoline car over an EV, and some think that pinball machines were better in the 90s, while some enjoy the new ones, etc, etc.
All in all. I don't strive to make great replicas. I want change, and I change a lot. Not everything I do will appeal to everyone, and I am certain it might have lesser appeal to people who are looking for a replacement Translite for their original one. Having said that, quality and some innovation is my main goal, and perhaps my products are aimed at modders more, and less at people who do restoration work.
High quality front print on white Backlight PET Foil 275g (Budget-Option, nicht immer verfügbar)
High quality, multilayered rear print on clear transparent PET G 0,5 mm with protective foil on the front. Excellent contrasts. Most special effects are possible, i.e. score windows, blockout layer, translucent colors, transparencies, hidden elements that become visible when illuminatged, etc.
High quality, multilayered rear print on opti-fine 4 mm thick crystal clear tempered glass with machine seemed edges. Excellent contrasts. Resilient to scratching. All special effects are possible, i.e. score windows, blockout layer, translucent colors, transparencies, hidden elements that become visible when illuminatged, etc. This is a real glass.
|WPC Speaker Panel|
High quality, multilayered rear print on 2 mm thick crystal clear polycarbonate with or without black blockout layer. Excellent contrasts. Optionally, it is possible to illuminate the entire panel or selected parts.
|HIPS Mirror Blades|
Available for all pinball machines in three colors: Silver Mirror, Gold Mirror, and Highly Reflective Black. Made of High Impact Polystyrene, these blades are tough with high impact strength and can be easily cut, guillotined, punched, routered or sawn. HIPS mirror is a perfect mirror unlike polished steel. These can be easily mounted using double-sided tape.
|PET G Side Blades|
Printed using the same technology and material as Premium Translites. These are high quality side blades with glossy and reflective surface. These can be easily mounted using double-sided tape.
|Cabinet Decals + UV Laminate|
High quality digital print on 100 micron white glossy foil with additional UV laminate. Gloss or matte finish is possible.
|Xianek's Next Generation (XNG) Cabinet Decals |
High quality digital print with thick and elastic inks on white matte vinyl with strong adhesive. The paint can be felt on almost every color under fingertips. The surface provides great feel to the touch and the colors are very rich.
High Quality Roll-up with any artwork on 85 x 200 cm impenetrable by light 610 g Blockout material. Includes stand and the mechanism as well as a handy transport bag. Click here to see a few examples of roll-ups.
27C-series EPROM chip with Game or Sound data. For example, a patched WMS Game ROM with new lamp driver that prevents some LEDs from flickering.
|No Mo' Reset (V1A → Basic)|
Basic version (V1A) of Xianek's No Mo' Reset solution for WPC machines. This little hadrware adapter fixes reset problems due to unstable 5V supply on some WPC machines.
|No Mo' Reset (V2A → Professional)|
Professional version (V2A) of Xianek's No Mo' Reset solution for WPC machines. This hadrware adapter fixes reset problems due to unstable 5V supply on some WPC machines and provides a lot of information of the current state of the 12V and 5V supply lines using colored LEDs.
For a complete price list, please click here. All sales are final. All orders are custom and take time to manufacture.
Xianek's Pinball Collection