The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database or IPSND collects serial numbers of pinball machines and publishes a database of these on the Internet. Our goal is to make available a registration of all pinball machines in existence and allow tools for slicing, dicing and visualization of the data.

Games: 6,217  Serials: 48,188  Visitors: 25,572,033  Members: 3,545  Photos: 25,302  Lat/Lng: 24,560  Masks: 48,188(775.10 %)  Traits: 495  Nudges: 128,802  Backglasses: 1,862
  Most Serials: Twilight Zone(1,010)  Most Submissions: Rod McLarge(3,264)  Most Points: Rod McLarge(27,988)  Highest Quality: EM-fan(9.04)  Most Nudges: King of Pinball(17,331)

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The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database is a creation of Jess Askey. I needed a tool to track the production numbers of Williams Level 7 serial numbers and to verify the sample runs... viola... here is a start.

This site is in no way affiliated with the Internet Pinball Database (however I do appreciate them greatly). I used the same IPDB machine numbers for simplicity since the IPDB is *the* standard for pinball reference. If they ever add Serial Number support, then I will take this site down most likely.

There are several websites that I have used pinball PF graphics from for the site background... thank you generous photographers!!!!

If you want to purchase pinball parts... I can highly recommend...

  • Action Pinball - Salt Lake City, UT. Ray has always been able to get me my parts and more!!
  • Marco Specialties - Lexington, SC. Marc has become a major parts house these days, they have just about everything!
  • The Pinball Resource - Steve Young has been one of the best and oldest suppliers of excellent pinball parts.

Technical Details

When I started this site, it was really a way for me to learn how to write an enterprise ASP.NET site from scratch. This was before CMS's were available so this is a home-built kind of site. Someday when I retire, I will probably put it into a CMS or an MVC pattern. For now however, it is what it is.

The site originally ran on my cluster of old servers in my basement which I recycled from work. An old SAN repurposed as a SQL server and some old towers running OS's from Windows 2000 up to Server 2008 in the end. It generally kept my basement pretty warm and used about 8 amps of 120V power. I think at this point the site used the .NET Framework v2 (which was new) and SQL Server 2003.

In 2012 I jumped into the virtualization world by putting all my servers into a single VMWare ESXi host. I bit the bullet and got a nice case, an Adaptec RAID card, 5 1TB drives and a good amount of memory. At that point I was down to a nice single server which only drew about 5 amps of power. At this stage, I was on .NET framework 3.5 and SQL Server 2007.

In 2017, I had the opportunity to make a jump to the cloud and into Microsoft Azure. It took a little re-architecting of my SQL database schema in order to 'data-sync' my local SQL up to Azure for the transfer, but it was a good exercise. The site is now running intially on SQL Server 2017 and a Virtual Machine for IIS 8.5 under Server 2012 R2 and .NET Framework 4.5.2.

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