Tonight was my first bit of time to spend with the Mystic. Earlier in the day, I tried to see that all the plugs were well seated. It booted up and started a game. The left flipper shudders like crazy. The right flipper was dead, although at one point before I bought it, it was working. Maybe I could work on that some.
So, this evening I brought my box of Church's Chicken and my backpack of stuff back over. I had my box of goodies from a pinball supplier: two bright new pinballs, Novus 1 & 2, leaf switch tool, some other assorted things, polishing cloths, a multi-meter, an adjustable C wrench, needle nose pliers and a fluid level. And a mini vaccum cleaner.
The only thing at the new place right now is the pinball machine, so I brought a folding table and a chair.
Looking at Pinside, I learned that you don't use a fluid level to level a pinball machine. Downloaded a recommended app that came with absolutely no instructions and wasn't very intuitive- the cross hairs all lined up, but the notations showed that things were off. Weird. Spent a lot of time leveing my folding table with the fluid level so I could calibrate the app. No matter how many times I calibrated it, it would not read zero on both axis. What is calibration if not telling the fool thing to set to zeros?
Decided to try to level the machine anyway. Nasty, old, rusty, stuck leg levelers. Between my C wrench and my needle nose pliers, I was able to move one leg a little. Note to self: bring vice grips next time, and get a digital leveler at Harbor Frieght.
Might as well clean the playfield. Successfully wiped the playfield down with a clean damp rag. Let's try the Novus 2. Test in an inconspicuous spot. Really? Can someone please point to an inconspicuous spot on the Mystic playfield? Thank you. Decided to try a solid colored area. Didn't notice a difference. Let's try one of the squares in the nine square layout. Maybe I'll have one nice clean square. Didn't notice any difference.
Kind of late to pretend I know how to check the fuses, as recommended by one of the pinball guides. Besides, what good would that do, not having any spare fuses around?
So, my first evening with my new Mystic I successfully wiped down the playfield, installed two pristine new balls and cleaned the glass. Ta Daaaa!
Stay tuned for our next episode when our hero saves the day by vacuuming the dust out of the box.