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#13201 44 days ago
Quoted from brenna98:

Can you send me some pics of your scoop and coil settings? [email protected]

Thanks to Dave at AP for solving my scoop problem. He had me bend the scoop to fit around a 3" diameter tube. The ball comes out first time with single or multiple balls.

Continued outstanding service from American Pinball.

#13202 44 days ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Thanks to Dave at AP for solving my scoop problem. He had me bend the scoop to fit around a 3" diameter tube. The ball comes out first time with single or multiple balls.
Continued outstanding service from American Pinball.

NICE!!! Way to go Dave and AP. And Mike

#13203 44 days ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Thanks to Dave at AP for solving my scoop problem. He had me bend the scoop to fit around a 3" diameter tube. The ball comes out first time with single or multiple balls.
Continued outstanding service from American Pinball.

Curious as to how you did it? Take it off the pin and then????

#13204 43 days ago
Quoted from zahner:

Curious as to how you did it? Take it off the pin and then????

You do not want to bent the scoop in the pin. I removed the metal scoop hood and set it on the flat part of my vise with the curve facing up. I hit the center of the curve with a plastic mallet till it was the correct shape. It took a few good taps. You do not want to hit it too forcefully.

I actually matched the curve with a plastic cup that is 3" in diameter at the top.

Dave sent a short email video of the fix.

#13205 43 days ago
Quoted from drummermike:

You do not want to bent the scoop in the pin. I removed the metal scoop hood and set it on the flat part of my vise with the curve facing up. I hit the center of the curve with a plastic mallet till it was the correct shape. It took a few good taps. You do not want to hit it too forcefully.
I actually matched the curve with a plastic cup that is 3" in diameter at the top.
Dave sent a short email video of the fix.

Violent, but sensible. I never liked the idea of bending it in place. Seemed like a good way to rip it out. Easy to replace a scoop, but a big setback if you damage the PF. Thanks for the info.

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#13206 43 days ago

Just picked up my first AP pin!

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#13207 43 days ago

Somethimes i forget how beautiful this game is ! Great shot and have a good flip

#13208 42 days ago

Finally joined the club, just finished up setting my NIB. This game is really impressive & fun.

My only complains would be that there was some minor damages due to (transport?/manufacturing?). One chip in the coin door powder coat, one rip scratch on the apron decal, one deep scratches spot in the plastic ramp, and a scrath in the powder coat on the lockbar....... Annoying to see this on a NIB...

Now on the game side. I got an issue with the seance scoop, the ball don't eject on the first time, sometimes it take 2 or 3 shots before it get out. It's like it's missing a tiny bit of power, the ball get up on the corner of the PF and then fall down.

Also, is that normal for the start button to never be lit? I changed the setting to FreePlay and noticed it never lit up. When I use the start button test, I see it flash for half a sec and then nothing.

#13209 42 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

Finally joined the club, just finished up setting my NIB. This game is really impressive & fun.
My only complains would be that there was some minor damages due to (transport?/manufacturing?). One chip in the coin door powder coat, one rip scratch on the apron decal, one deep scratches spot in the plastic ramp, and a scrath in the powder coat on the lockbar....... Annoying to see this on a NIB...
Now on the game side. I got an issue with the seance scoop, the ball don't eject on the first time, sometimes it take 2 or 3 shots before it get out. It's like it's missing a tiny bit of power, the ball get up on the corner of the PF and then fall down.
Also, is that normal for the start button to never be lit? I changed the setting to FreePlay and noticed it never lit up. When I use the start button test, I see it flash for half a sec and then nothing.

Does it have all the upgrades to help with power management? What is the build date? If it was NOS sitting in a box in a warehouse, you may have to do some upgrades on it to get the coil performance acceptable.

#13210 42 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

Finally joined the club, just finished up setting my NIB. This game is really impressive & fun.
My only complains would be that there was some minor damages due to (transport?/manufacturing?). One chip in the coin door powder coat, one rip scratch on the apron decal, one deep scratches spot in the plastic ramp, and a scrath in the powder coat on the lockbar....... Annoying to see this on a NIB...
Now on the game side. I got an issue with the seance scoop, the ball don't eject on the first time, sometimes it take 2 or 3 shots before it get out. It's like it's missing a tiny bit of power, the ball get up on the corner of the PF and then fall down.
Also, is that normal for the start button to never be lit? I changed the setting to FreePlay and noticed it never lit up. When I use the start button test, I see it flash for half a sec and then nothing.

You need to reach out AP. I bet they make it good. You could have purchased a used one with none of that cheaper. The scoop adjustment is pretty typical. Look at a discussion re that in the last couple of days on this thread. I bet they walk you through that too. For now turn down the setting a few notches and see if that works. With the scoop, less is often better. Also, make sure you have the latest software installed.
Ultimately, I hope they make good on it for you. Their reputation and practice has been to bend over backwards for their customers.

#13211 42 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

Finally joined the club, just finished up setting my NIB. This game is really impressive & fun.
My only complains would be that there was some minor damages due to (transport?/manufacturing?). One chip in the coin door powder coat, one rip scratch on the apron decal, one deep scratches spot in the plastic ramp, and a scrath in the powder coat on the lockbar....... Annoying to see this on a NIB...
Now on the game side. I got an issue with the seance scoop, the ball don't eject on the first time, sometimes it take 2 or 3 shots before it get out. It's like it's missing a tiny bit of power, the ball get up on the corner of the PF and then fall down.
Also, is that normal for the start button to never be lit? I changed the setting to FreePlay and noticed it never lit up. When I use the start button test, I see it flash for half a sec and then nothing.

Sorry to hear you're having issues but welcome to the owner's club! The start button should flash a Morse code message over and over when in free play, check the connection to the bulb on the backside of the start button in the cabinet.

For the scoop try decreasing or increasing the coil power for it in the system settings. If that doesn't work you may have to bend it a bit as others have described in this thread.

#13212 42 days ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Does it have all the upgrades to help with power management? What is the build date? If it was NOS sitting in a box in a warehouse, you may have to do some upgrades on it to get the coil performance acceptable.

It's a sept 2021 built. Should have every upgrade now.

#13213 42 days ago
Quoted from zahner:

You need to reach out AP. I bet they make it good. You could have purchased a used one with none of that cheaper. The scoop adjustment is pretty typical. Look at a discussion re that in the last couple of days on this thread. I bet they walk you through that too. For now turn down the setting a few notches and see if that works. With the scoop, less is often better. Also, make sure you have the latest software installed.
Ultimately, I hope they make good on it for you. Their reputation and practice has been to bend over backwards for their customers.

I've read through the posts but my issue seems diffrerent. (Maybe not?). I don't see mine hitting on the scoop, it just does'nt seems to have enough strength to climb up to the PF. (I'll need to play more to see if it really hit the scoop.)

What's the best way to reach out to them? I took pictures of everything damaged.

#13215 42 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

The start button should flash a Morse code message over and over when in free play, check the connection to the bulb on the backside of the start button in the cabinet.
For the scoop try decreasing or increasing the coil power for it in the system settings.

Ok, mine does not do anything. I'm not the most advanced tech out there, what should I look for on the connection? What's weird is that it flashes half a sec in test mode, that does not feel normal too. I'll try playing with the coil setting and report back.

#13216 42 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

what should I look for on the connection? What's weird is that it flashes half a sec in test mode,

Is the bulb tight in it's holder ?

LTG : )

#13217 42 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

Ok, mine does not do anything. I'm not the most advanced tech out there, what should I look for on the connection? What's weird is that it flashes half a sec in test mode, that does not feel normal too. I'll try playing with the coil setting and report back.

The short flash in test mode is normal.

#13218 41 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

Ok, mine does not do anything. I'm not the most advanced tech out there, what should I look for on the connection? What's weird is that it flashes half a sec in test mode, that does not feel normal too. I'll try playing with the coil setting and report back.

Do you have the game set for free play?

#13219 41 days ago
Quoted from Bagdad:

I've read through the posts but my issue seems diffrerent. (Maybe not?). I don't see mine hitting on the scoop, it just does'nt seems to have enough strength to climb up to the PF. (I'll need to play more to see if it really hit the scoop.)
What's the best way to reach out to them? I took pictures of everything damaged.

Try the scoop setting at 12. The curve of the metal scoop should match the curve of a 3" diameter circle.

Take the scoop out to bend it.

#13220 41 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

Do you have the game set for free play?

Yes exactly. Someone previously said it should pulse a morse code or something.

#13221 41 days ago

Looks like LTG was right, unpluggin / repluggin the start button bulb seems to have fixed it. It now pulse a morse code.

So far I got no succes with the scoop. The default setting was at 20, I played a couple of games decreasing the value to 18-15-12-10-8 but it seems it got worse each time. I'll try going up tomorow...

And yeah, by looking at it closely, I saw that it hit the top of the scoop and go back in the hole instead of following the curve.

#13222 41 days ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Try the scoop setting at 12. The curve of the metal scoop should match the curve of a 3" diameter circle.

I like your pipe method. Makes it much faster. Here’s the video

#13223 41 days ago
Quoted from brenna98:

I like your pipe method. Makes it much faster. Here’s the video

I like the the giant hammer. Just call Thor.

#13224 41 days ago
Quoted from brenna98:

I like your pipe method. Makes it much faster. Here’s the video

Glorious! Are the new games coming with this adjusted scoop?

For the less inclined that have no hammer, with they be for sale?

Inquiring minds want to know!

#13225 41 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Glorious! Are the new games coming with this adjusted scoop?
For the less inclined that have no hammer, with they be for sale?
Inquiring minds want to know!

I’d buy one. Probably

#13226 40 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Glorious! Are the new games coming with this adjusted scoop?

-do you mean LOV? Because it’s a different pinball life scoop, but same arch.

Quoted from pinballinreno:

For the less inclined that have no hammer, with they be for sale?

- working with the supplier to get the increased curve parts made for Houdini

#13227 40 days ago
Quoted from brenna98:

working with the supplier to get the increased curve parts made for Houdini

I really liked the action of the altered scoop.

Way smoother and perfected! It also might solve the way the ball brutally bounces off the front edge of the opening.

Its an easy fix, but Ill buy one if you get them made for sure!

#13228 40 days ago

So after a few adjustments(scoop,trunk catapult)I think I have everything working smooth and fast. My trunk catapult is now at a 100% success rate(was hitting to the left 100% of the time)and my scoop(after bending it to a larger radius)is now shooting out a lot faster and less clunky. After making those adjustments this pin is a real joy to play. I can’t believe I second guessed myself about owning a Houdini for so long and I’m very glad to have Houdini in my lineup. With all that said I have a few questions for the Houdini pro’s…can I add a subwoofer to the sound system? My pin is on the current code and I was watching a Jack Danger stream that added CoOp play and was wondering if that is available as of today? I’m going to start digging in and try to get to some of the cool wizard modes and blow the score up! Awesome pin AP…and congrats on a solid pinball company!

#13229 40 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I really liked the action of the altered scoop.
Way smoother and perfected! It also might solve the way the ball brutally bounces off the front edge of the opening.
Its an easy fix, but Ill buy one if you get them made for sure!

I'll have to try the modification for mine as well. The scoop ejects alright for the most part but often times it takes several attempts to get the ball out and even when it does it's a bit clunky. I would also buy a new, API modified one if you make them.

#13230 40 days ago
Quoted from Wildbill327:

So after a few adjustments(scoop,trunk catapult)I think I have everything working smooth and fast. My trunk catapult is now at a 100% success rate(was hitting to the left 100% of the time)and my scoop(after bending it to a larger radius)is now shooting out a lot faster and less clunky. After making those adjustments this pin is a real joy to play. I can’t believe I second guessed myself about owning a Houdini for so long and I’m very glad to have Houdini in my lineup. With all that said I have a few questions for the Houdini pro’s…can I add a subwoofer to the sound system? My pin is on the current code and I was watching a Jack Danger stream that added CoOp play and was wondering if that is available as of today? I’m going to start digging in and try to get to some of the cool wizard modes and blow the score up! Awesome pin AP…and congrats on a solid pinball company!

The code with Team play is still in Beta and hopefully I'm not violating anything by saying it just keeps getting better and better, Josh is killing it and y'all are going to be very happy once it's ready for release.

#13231 40 days ago
Quoted from Wildbill327:

With all that said I have a few questions for the Houdini pro’s…can I add a subwoofer to the sound system?

I have lots of external subwoofers I use for my modern games (Polk PSW10). I like them because they're less invasive to install vs cabinet speakers and I can hook 2 pins to one sub. Plus easy enough to move to another game if needed.

For houdini (built before 2021), you just need to connect the speaker wire to the amp in the backbox.

#13232 40 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

The code with Team play is still in Beta and hopefully I'm not violating anything by saying it just keeps getting better and better, Josh is killing it and y'all are going to be very happy once it's ready for release.

Hoping that is released in full soon!

#13233 40 days ago
Quoted from GSones:

I'll have to try the modification for mine as well. The scoop ejects alright for the most part but often times it takes several attempts to get the ball out and even when it does it's a bit clunky. I would also buy a new, API modified one if you make them.

After seeing the video, I am realizing that my exit to the scoop is as violent as the one in the video. I do not want my playfield to start wearing like that so I am going to work on it today. Thanks for everyone who has worked on this problem for a solution.

#13234 40 days ago

Hello all. I just turned on my machine, and the screen does not come on, but it sounds like the machine is resetting (from the speakers) every five seconds or so. The back box light also flashes at the same time. It sounds like it is turning off an on, but the game is not booting.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Does this sound like a power supply issue?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have.

#13235 40 days ago

It looks and sounds like the 12V power supply is cycling on and off. I would suggest you contact Dave brenna98 at AP to arrange a replacement.

#13236 40 days ago

Thank you.

#13237 39 days ago
Quoted from Looking4FirstPin:

Does anyone have any suggestions?

PM sent with suggestions.

#13238 38 days ago

Thanks, Dave. I appreciate both of you guys helping within a Pinside thread. Nobody beats AP’s service

#13239 38 days ago

My scoop always ejects but tends to go any which way. I might try this adjustment.

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#13243 37 days ago

Download new code,all went fine until I rebooted the game after install,game just said no signal with blue screen.

Went back to last code and all good!

#13244 37 days ago

Wooo!!! Can’t wait to try this

#13245 37 days ago
Quoted from rockrand:

Download new code,all went fine until I rebooted the game after install,game just said no signal with blue screen.
Went back to last code and all good!

Sounds like you just had a bad code load, try downloading it again and if you still have problems try connecting the USB stick to the halfway point under the playfield. My extension cable has gone bad and I started having issues like this with it when loading some of the versions we were testing, I put a new extension cable in and it's been perfect since. There are a lot of great things in this new code that aren't really reflected well in the release notes.

#13246 37 days ago

I was excited for the new code, because I thought I heard that the stage eject was corrected. I have had it attempt 4 or 5 times with no success. Is there something else I need to adjust on the stage?

#13247 37 days ago
Quoted from finnflash:

I was excited for the new code, because I thought I heard that the stage eject was corrected. I have had it attempt 4 or 5 times with no success. Is there something else I need to adjust on the stage?

That has never worked for me and I've tested it on the latest code too, I think it may have a lot to do with how steep you have your game and I leave mine steeper than recommended. I don't really care much because I have had it disabled as long as I've owned the game so there's nothing there for me to miss. The best addition to me, I guess because I've been asking for it for a long time, is that you can now see what film is ready so you can decide if you want to start it or not based on where you are in the game, what you strategy / goals are for that game, etc. There are a lot of other really nice additions too includeing one magic shop joke that about made me spit out my beer the first time I saw it so I definitely encourage everyone to update and enjoy it!

#13248 37 days ago

edit: no it didn’t! Never mind

#13249 37 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

That has never worked for me and I've tested it on the latest code too, I think it may have a lot to do with how steep you have your game and I leave mine steeper than recommended. I don't really care much because I have had it disabled as long as I've owned the game so there's nothing there for me to miss. The best addition to me, I guess because I've been asking for it for a long time, is that you can now see what film is ready so you can decide if you want to start it or not based on where you are in the game, what you strategy / goals are for that game, etc. There are a lot of other really nice additions too includeing one magic shop joke that about made me spit out my beer the first time I saw it so I definitely encourage everyone to update and enjoy it!

When does the stage eject supposed to happen? When ever I shoot in the stage it seems to always go to the subway system and shoots out of the scoop.

#13250 37 days ago
Quoted from Wildbill327:

When does the stage eject supposed to happen? When ever I shoot in the stage it seems to always go to the subway system and shoots out of the scoop.

Its random I believe. But yours might be turned off.

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