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American Pinball Houdini thread


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#2401 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

It's going to need a full cliffy set, but as of the last time I checked, AP hadn't loaned cliff a Playfield to make a set of protectors yet.

Curious, where do you think it needs Cliffy's? I have them on all my games but it looks like there is only one VUK which appears to have a protector around it internally. Are there other places other than the standard shooter lane that I am missing?

#2402 2 years ago

Hole on the far right, the shooter lane, and likely the saucer by the stage. That's just in the limited time I spent playing it. There may be other likely wear points. I wish they weren't dragging their feet getting him a playfield.

#2403 2 years ago

Cliff doesn't need a play field, just someone to measure the area precisely. He makes protectors many times for games with info from someone that measures the games.

Quoted from vireland:

It's going to need a full cliffy set, but as of the last time I checked, AP hadn't loaned cliff a Playfield to make a set of protectors yet.

#2404 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Hole on the far right, the shooter lane, and likely the saucer by the stage. That's just in the limited time I spent playing it. There may be other likely wear points. I wish they weren't dragging their feet getting him a playfield.

Yeah, the folks at American Pinball have some screwy priorities. (Sarcasm)

#2405 2 years ago

I spent a week in the Chicago area. Went to level 247 and was able to play Houdini for quite some time. what a great place and no one person playing but me. Great light show, love the callouts and rules are fun/different. Great first effort from a new company. I went from it to the Aerosmith and the Houdini felt like a better built game.

#2406 2 years ago

So with all the bottleneck of people waiting for games and likely more (like me) down at the fence waiting for the line to clear how long until HUO pins start selling for more than list price? Is it that good?

#2407 2 years ago
Quoted from luvthatapex2:

Cliff doesn't need a play field, just someone to measure the area precisely. He makes protectors many times for games with info from someone that measures the games.

Given that almost no one has it yet, that's not even a likely/practical option.

#2408 2 years ago
Quoted from Frogman:

Yeah, the folks at American Pinball have some screwy priorities. (Sarcasm)

It's all hilarious until the first clearcoat chip. This is an EASY preventative for AP, they don't have to DO anything except loan a playfield.

#2409 2 years ago

I can sell you mine for 9k. Comes with inner art blades, invsiglass and a pinstadium kit too. lol jk

#2410 2 years ago

Just got a call from my distributor asking for payment in full. Hopefully I’ll have my game in 2-4 weeks!

#2411 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

Just got a call from my distributor asking for payment in full. Hopefully I’ll have my game in 2-4 weeks!

Congrats! Roads are clear in Chicago so it should be a quick trip.

#2412 2 years ago

Anyone install their own art blades? Mine were supposed to be done at factory, but were not. Distributor sent me a set to do myself. They are so very thin. Ripped one trying to install it. These are the thinnest and stickiest blades I have ever tried to install. I can usually install the stern or tilt ones without taking out the playfield. No go on these. I hope they send me a replacement.

#2413 2 years ago
Quoted from foxtj24:

Anyone install their own art blades? Mine were supposed to be done at factory, but were not. Distributor sent me a set to do myself. They are so very thin. Ripped one trying to install it. These are the thinnest and stickiest blades I have ever tried to install. I can usually install the stern or tilt ones without taking out the playfield. No go on these. I hope they send me a replacement.

Look up the wet method on YouTube , very simple as you have time to adjust

#2414 2 years ago
Quoted from foxtj24:

Anyone install their own art blades? Mine were supposed to be done at factory, but were not. Distributor sent me a set to do myself. They are so very thin. Ripped one trying to install it. These are the thinnest and stickiest blades I have ever tried to install. I can usually install the stern or tilt ones without taking out the playfield. No go on these. I hope they send me a replacement.

If they're easily torn and super sticky, I would recommend the "wet method" then. I hope they're not just cheap heavy duty coated paper instead of actual arcade type textured material like the Stern ones.

#2415 2 years ago

I just installed them and can say that the wet method worked great. They are a bit thinner than PinGraffix blades which is not ideal, but they still have the feel/texture of them, unlike some glossy aftermarket blades, which helps with possibly creasing or wrinkling. Overall good product. I also noticed that they don’t go down as far as other blades, they stop at the playfield

#2416 2 years ago

I was pumped to be able to go to cidercade and play tonight, but a broken rubber on the flipper put a damper on it.

After the 5th or 6th airball I walked away. I was afraid the glass was going to break.

No doubt it’s going to be a classic. American Pinball hit a home run with this one. Looking forward to trying again at TPF

#2417 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinless:

I was pumped to be able to go to cidercade and play tonight, but a broken rubber on the flipper put a damper on it.
After the 5th or 6th airball I walked away. I was afraid the glass was going to break.
No doubt it’s going to be a classic. American Pinball hit a home run with this one. Looking forward to trying again at TPF

I wonder what rubber they're using. That's pretty fast to have a flipper rubber break...

#2418 2 years ago

They look and feel like the titan perfect play to me. Cannot say for sure though.

#2419 2 years ago
Quoted from foxtj24:

They look and feel like the titan perfect play to me. Cannot say for sure though.

Are titans that fragile, though? They haven't been on location that long to be broken already. We get at least 12 months out of our flipper rubber on location.

#2420 2 years ago
Quoted from foxtj24:

Anyone install their own art blades? Mine were supposed to be done at factory, but were not. Distributor sent me a set to do myself. They are so very thin. Ripped one trying to install it. These are the thinnest and stickiest blades I have ever tried to install. I can usually install the stern or tilt ones without taking out the playfield. No go on these. I hope they send me a replacement.

I put a set on my show game few weeks ago before the Louisville show. First remove the playfield (very easy to do) Best bet is to Windex it very well and squeegee them down.
I had a set on in 15 min.

FYI make sure your dist. requests them on at the factory.

I have a few of my upcoming customers game being done at the factory..

I will be at the Ohio show on the 22nd with Houdini and other games to be determined.

Pincades
AP Dist.
Jesse t

#2421 2 years ago
Quoted from foxtj24:

They look and feel like the titan

They are not Titans. The only machine so far that came from the factory with Titan rings is Dialed In collector's edition.

#2422 2 years ago

I was called yesterday from my distributor ready for full payment. Says I should be receiving mine in 2-3 weeks. I'm pumped!

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#2423 2 years ago

Mine arrived today!

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#2424 2 years ago
Quoted from luvthatapex2:

Cliff doesn't need a play field, just someone to measure the area precisely. He makes protectors many times for games with info from someone that measures the games.

Cliff won't typically make protectors until he has a play field ...maybe he's done it in the past, but its not his typical MO....he likes his products to fit perfectly

#2425 2 years ago

My Houdini is on a truck and heading for my humble home. It will be delivered on Monday. It's going to be a looong weekend.

#2426 2 years ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

Cliff won't typically make protectors until he has a play field ...maybe he's done it in the past, but its not his typical MO....he likes his products to fit perfectly

Having spent some extensive time with it now, I don't see how he'll be able to protect the magic shop/jail escape hole to the right of the stage. The hole is cut too small - the ball barely fits. If it's lined, even with Cliff's thin steel, I think it will make the shot hard/impossible.

So that leaves the VUK saucer, the right scoop, and the shooter lane I would want protected ASAP.

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#2427 2 years ago

Proud to have finally received one of the most beautiful games that's ever graced my game room. Hats off to American Pinball for making something truly innovative and unique. And special thanks to Gary and his team abelelectronics for a super smooth buying experience.

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#2428 2 years ago

adamross, you have both TNA AND Houdini. Nice job man and great taste.

#2429 2 years ago

Arcade Expo ready for the Show!

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#2430 2 years ago

Eric... That looks SWEET!

#2432 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

adamross, you have both TNA AND Houdini. Nice job man and great taste.

Don't forget that nice LOTR!

#2433 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Arcade Expo ready for the Show!

Seems like the rope on the left or right should be angled out for players to exit.

#2434 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Seems like the rope on the left or right should be angled out for players to exit.

It is Houdini after all. If you can't escape the line you don't deserve to play lol.

#2435 2 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

Eric... That looks SWEET!

More to come tomorrow. Artwork and displays.

#2436 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

It is Houdini after all. If you can't escape the line you don't deserve to play lol.

and line jump as well

#2437 2 years ago

Only played ten games on Houdini so far but it feels good. Hard shots and a bunch of different modes are right up my alley. Very happy a location not too far from me picked up one of the first 50.

Has there been any talk of a second game from American Pinball? Excited to see what they do next.

#2438 2 years ago
Quoted from Pale_Purple:

Only played ten games on Houdini so far but it feels good. Hard shots and a bunch of different modes are right up my alley. Very happy a location not too far from me picked up one of the first 50.
Has there been any talk of a second game from American Pinball? Excited to see what they do next.

Second machine?? How about making the First machine!! lol

#2439 2 years ago

Arcade Expo 4.0 in Banning open for weekend!

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#2440 2 years ago

Just got mine last night and setup today.... Got with the side art installed and looks GREAT!
Its a challenging game, tight shots as many say. Lots to learn on how to score but worked 100% out of the box with the latest software (18.2.27) and no adjustments needed so far.
Looking forward to a great weekend. Be patient everyone, its worth the wait!

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#2441 2 years ago

Does anyone know where exactly the "milk can loop" is? Can't find it for the life of me and no lights to tell you where to shoot.

EDIT: Nevermind, just realized it's the actual milk can that is a loop.

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#2442 2 years ago

How many loops can it have?I do see they're trying to throw us off with a huge milk can on the left.

#2443 2 years ago

Wow..they are up to Game # 110. I received my Houdini #77 just this past Wednesday. That's 33 Houdini's in under a month or about one a day.

Mine was Built in Feb2018..they don't seem to narrow it down by day...

I'm enjoying mine for sure...Great pin!

#2444 2 years ago
Quoted from CUJO:

Wow..they are up to Game # 110. I received my Houdini #77 just this past Wednesday. That's 33 Houdini's in under a month or about one a day.
Mine was Built in Feb2018..they don't seem to narrow it down by day...
I'm enjoying mine for sure...Great pin!

I’m enjoying #257. Or should I say playing the one at 257. I figure if I play it enough at $1 per play I will eventually own this one! Lol

#2446 2 years ago

Im game 90, and it was born on March 6th, shipped the 8th. Arrived on 14th, 48 hours later at banning show for 3 days.
Will see how many plays we can get on this bad boy.

#2447 2 years ago

I love Houdini. I ordered one and I am getting VERY close to payment time and the commitment that comes with it. I have played 7 or so machines in the wild, from GAP in Chicago to Padavans in STL, Texas Pinball Festival etc. I am noticing some inconsistency with the right scoop, specifically, where it kicks the ball out to.

Mike's machine up at GAP was kicking the ball dead nuts SDTM. At the time, he assured me it was a issue with a coding update that reverted to an old set. I have talked to him since and he confirmed that was the case.

All the machines I have played since have kickers that send the ball to the top of the slingshot. I noticed it on every single Houdini kickout tonight at TPF. I don't know if this is a consequence of the quick development timeline, misadjusted solenoid power, or a misadjusted kickout etc. For those of you that have one, are you noticing this?

Jason

#2448 2 years ago
Quoted from SDTMinSTL:

I love Houdini. I ordered one and I am getting VERY close to payment time and the commitment that comes with it. I have played 7 or so machines in the wild, from GAP in Chicago to Padavans in STL, Texas Pinball Festival etc. I am noticing some inconsistency with the right scoop, specifically, where it kicks the ball out to.
Mike's machine up at GAP was kicking the ball dead nuts SDTM. At the time, he assured me it was a issue with a coding update that reverted to an old set. I have talked to him since and he confirmed that was the case.
All the machines I have played since have kickers that send the ball to the top of the slingshot. I noticed it on every single Houdini kickout tonight at TPF. I don't know if this is a consequence of the quick development timeline, misadjusted solenoid power, or a misadjusted kickout etc. For those of you that have one, are you noticing this?
Jason

There's some weird inconsistency with that scoop. Hitting the sling top corner is because the power for the coil is too high. But if you set it low enough so the ball barely kicks out and rolls in front of the right sling like it's SUPPOSED to, sometimes for no apparent reason it can't kick a ball up and out of the scoop. Without changing the power, I've noticed sometimes the ball is slow and other times it FLIES out of the scoop. Seems like a software issue, and I imagine it will be resolved eventually. The software is pretty robust, but there's still a number of weird glitches in it that will be worked out over time. Still a LOT of fun to play, even with the occasional glitches.

#2449 2 years ago

Thanks for the response. I'd love to hear Josh's thoughts on this at some point if possible. He is the last word.

#2450 2 years ago

I hope Houdini makes it to the Golden State PF at Lodi!! We had a chance to play 2 balls on Houdini at PAGG last year!! Maybe that was the pin that broke the flipper rubber! No complete code at that time,ergo only 2 ball play!!Was fun then!!

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