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American Pinball Houdini thread


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Post #145 Houdini Pinball initial flyer Posted by HighProtein (2 years ago)

Post #184 Initial reveal at TPF Posted by SilverballNut (2 years ago)

Post #190 Introductory Price of Houdini Posted by 1iblind (2 years ago)

Post #198 Initial Pictures of Machine Posted by lllvjr (2 years ago)

Post #229 Playfield Close-Up Pics Posted by bigd1979 (2 years ago)

Post #284 Machine feature details Posted by rosh (2 years ago)

Post #312 More feature details Posted by rosh (2 years ago)

Post #385 Double switch lane picture Posted by pinballrockstar (2 years ago)

Post #420 Pinball show appearance schedule for Houdini Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #434 Houdini pics from Allentown show Posted by PinballSTAR (1 year ago)

Post #533 Official Houdini Flyer with features listed Posted by Join_The_Cirqus (1 year ago)

Post #535 Ball Counter graphic for game Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #609 More mode and feature details from programmer Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #639 More game system details from programmer Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #978 Photos of the updated game for expo Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #1000 Photos of the cabinet interior side art Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #1287 Josh Kugler Interview Posted by konjurer (1 year ago)

Post #1357 Houdini Gameplay video Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #2290 Key posted, but no summary given Posted by BarryJ (1 year ago)


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8 months later
#1406 1 year ago
Quoted from VividPsychosis:

Dilly Dilly to the Magician amongst us!

LTG : )

#1421 1 year ago
Quoted from chinosts:

Where to get it?

Contact them : http://american-pinball.com/

http://www.pinballstar.com/ Lists the game. Also posts here on Pinside as Pinballstar

LTG : )

#1437 1 year ago
Quoted from rosh:

(rosh now sits back and waits for suggestions to be thrown out)

Magician pulling a rabbit out of the hat, rabbit goes "poof" and turns into match number.

LTG : )

#1466 1 year ago

How about Houdini returns as a zombie and chases numbers around and the one he catches and eats is your match number.

LTG : )

#1474 1 year ago

Drop a safe in the water. Match number escapes in a bubble and when it rises above the water it pops and reveals the number.

LTG : )

1 month later
#1825 1 year ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

In the factory photos , what is the difference between a HOU1234 and a HOU1234D

Maybe a difference between export and Domestic ?

LTG : )

1 month later
#2546 1 year ago
Quoted from calprog:

Can the flipper power be increased

Yes it can. You should have mentioned this issue to them so they could adjust it.

LTG : )

#2628 1 year ago
Quoted from adamross:

Anyone else experiencing inconsistencies with general coil strengths? Lower canon, scoop, flipper strength all seem to change from game to game.

Makes me wonder if your power to the game is fluctuating ?

LTG : )

1 week later
#2799 1 year ago
Quoted from FtrMech:

where did that come from?

Is there a captive ball anywhere that you didn't install ?

LTG : )

#2849 1 year ago
Quoted from CUJO:

Where is this switch so I can see why it's stuck closed? I must be blind as I don't see a switch or opto
on either wire ramp exit.

Might not be at the exit, might be on the way there. Like the optos I circled in MT45's picture.

LTG : )

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#2858 1 year ago
Quoted from CUJO:

So does a switch go red in switch test if it doesn't see activity in so may games, like Bally/Williams?

So many games or so many balls.

LTG : )

#2899 1 year ago

Looks like that plastic needs to be farther over to the right. Or raised up a little. See my yellow arrow.

LTG : )

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#2902 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Is there something on the ramp stopping the ball?

Look closely, it is stuck under the edge of the plastic under the ramp. See my yellow arrow.

LTG : )

#2905 1 year ago
Quoted from vireland:

The one in your pic is hanging a little too low and needs to be bent up a bit.

Excellent. I missed the switch in the picture.

LTG : )

#2923 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

This whole AP team are taking this to the next level.

If you get the chance to see them at a show. Talk to them. They have some really great people working there. I was lucky enough to ride with 3 of them from TPF back to DFW, and spend time chatting and enjoying life.

LTG : )

#2929 1 year ago
Quoted from MT45:

Sure wish I would have run into you at TPF - always wanted to say hello.

I'm sorry we didn't meet. I was right down the row from Houdini camped out at the remakes.

Good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise. CGC will send me again next year.

LTG : )

#2959 1 year ago
Quoted from Mayboyz:

What do you say!!!!!!1

If you mean me ? I believe American Pinball already has Josh and Jeff, both are active here.

LTG : )

#2960 1 year ago
Quoted from Mayboyz:

What do you say!!!!!!1

My gosh. You bought a Houdini.

Don't worry, I'll help if I can.

LTG : )

#2978 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Are the audio settings available in the game settings?

Check page 3-13 in the preliminary manual. There are some settings. No idea if they are what you are looking for.

LTG : )

#3078 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I definitely need some of those Houdini posters for my game room!

Keep an eye on Ebay for Circus Posters. Not originals.

LTG : )

#3080 1 year ago
Quoted from pinden007:

There were a lot of times tonight where the ball bumps into the bumper put no action.

When you adjust a leaf blade switch for the pop bumper. Power off. Look at it below the playfield. A plastic rod sticks down from the pop bumper skirt and pushes a plastic spoon fixed to a lead blade. Be sure the rod is centered on the spoon. ( on an older game be sure the rod isn't worn or spoon is dirty where the rod rides ) Then the spoon blade should just be resting on the rod, not pushing it. The shorter bottom one should be close enough so the slightest ball hit triggers it, but vibration doesn't.

A little tweaking and you'll have it working great.

LTG : )

#3095 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

It sounds like is going in the right direction.

It sure is. I think it's going to be one of the great games for collectors and players on location. Never get tired of it. And occasionally kick you in the nuts like TZ can.

LTG : )

#3107 1 year ago
Quoted from mbelofsky:

Has anyone ever got the ball stuck at the entrance to the game?

That's weird. I don't have a game to check. But it looks like the ball is sitting at the gate that would prevent it from going back to the shooter lane. When I enlarge the picture.

I'm sure they'll have an answer for you.

LTG : )

#3109 1 year ago
Quoted from mbelofsky:

I probably need to bend the wire but don’t want to make any physical changes on a day old machine.

I'd wait until rosh posts. He'll know what's best.

LTG : )

#3128 1 year ago
Quoted from mbelofsky:

So it is probably just a fluke.

Most definitely. Crap happens.

When you get the new gate. I'd put a tiny bit of oil on both sides where it goes through the hole in the metal. It will live a lot longer during it's normal life.

LTG : )

#3178 1 year ago
Quoted from FightNightFZ:

Where did you score that topper?!?!?

On the Dialed In ? Looks like the CE topper.

LTG : )

#3183 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Lloyd, did you mean MB?...is that a hint?

Quoted from Yelobird:

Yeah, tell us this is the Houdini thread and we wouldn't tell Anyone!

You know the routine. I get an AC/DC Luci Vault Edition and you get info.

LTG : )

#3184 1 year ago
Quoted from konjurer:

No that cool Houdini topper that Join_The_Cirqus posted in his pics. It looks freaking fantastic. I'm curious as well.

Sorry, no idea on that one.

I did find this one ( Pinball Pro has them on back order ) https://www.greatamericanpinball.com/product-page/houdini-custom-pinball-topper-laseriffic

LTG : )

#3216 12 months ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

went into switch test, it shows the scoop as being closed but I don't see a 2nd scoop opto listed

I don't have one to check. But can you look in there and see a second switch ( opto ) ? Or go into switch test and toss in a ball and watch screen then toss in a second and see if anything triggers ?

The screen has switch names, check the list for one too.

LTG : )

#3239 12 months ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

How should the USB stick be formatted, Fat32

Fat 32

Instructions in the manual page 6-1, you can download the latest version here : https://www.american-pinball.com/support/

LTG : )

#3281 12 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Day one, unboxing several pinheads from my area were over for the big day. Service rails came right up on topic in first 15 min game was plugged in while we were under hood checking things out. Why would they do this (AP)? Immediately an operator here in so cal for many, many years commented how smart that was...SAFETY YELLOW. Now he commentented how many times he's bumped his head on these rails for years.
Never had a second thought about them and think it was a smart thing to do.
They were powder coated for safety. Durability I don't think is an issue, there service rails, i actually think they are pretty durable and I have no flaking paint or scratches on mine.

First thing I thought of. For safety. In home or on location.

LTG : )

#3370 11 months ago
Quoted from luvthatapex2:

and you get to tell the story of what the monkey has to do with Houdini when someone asks you!

Nothing like a monkey gland replacement to brighten your day.

LTG : )
Disclaimer : That just sold out the remaining stock of monkey shirts.

#3373 11 months ago
Quoted from jesselee72:

I'm sure it's something simple but does anybody have some simple things to check first?

Plug something into the service out light ( a light or something ) see if you have power that far. If not unplug the game, then check if the outlet is good, power cord into the game is in tight, open up metal box over on/off switch area see if any connectors came off.

If you have power at the service outlet. Then follow along the bottom of the cabinet to the boards and look for any connector off, loose, or wire in a connector loose.

I don't know if Rosh or Barry will see this tonight, if you haven't please open a ticket on the support desk :

https://www.american-pinball.com/support/service/

LTG : )
Disclaimer : Beautiful game. They'll get you going so you can enjoy it.

#3387 11 months ago
Quoted from cleland:

When hooking up a sub do I use the two bottom black terminals? That looks like L and R negative, is that correct?

Tom's Hardware has a picture that is wrong.

LTG : )

#3461 11 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

We just got this 'cliffy' for the Seance Scoop to test out,

I like how it is one piece.

LTG : )

#3469 11 months ago
Quoted from adamross:

What are those brackets on top of the scoop?

To hold the shape so balls don't bend the curved part back. The way it is balls coming out shoot across the playfield rather than up in the air.

LTG : )

#3513 11 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

Some new code is now available to enhance your weekend.

Great news. A friend is driving back from Allentown with his new Houdini pin right now. They'll be setting it up tonight. I sent him a copy of your post to make his weekend even better.

LTG : )

#3569 11 months ago
Quoted from Jkush18:

Just going off the the amount of Houndinis available for sale, it seems like people are dumping them. It’s seems too hard for the noobs on location and not magical enough for those that ordered it for their house.

7 on Pinside ? And at least one from a guy who says every game is the greatest ever and dumps it in two weeks.

That doesn't seem excessive when you consider over 100 Houdini's shipped and all the choices in the market right now of new and coming titles.

I've played it and it reminds me of TZ when it came out. Was a commercial flop for many. Not all. And mine has always done good. And like TZ, I think Houdini is going to go on and be one of the great games for home.

The tight shots make you a better player. And you won't kill the game and tire of it in a few plays.

And the humor will keep you going as you get better at it. The magician doing the wrong game out of the hat really makes the game.

LTG : )

#3622 11 months ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

This is the fix.

With a flat head screwdriver and a small rubber mallet.

Hit the flat rail right above the closest screw at the top.

I'd lay something across the playfield, pad, newspaper, etc. So you don't accidentally slip and damage the playfield while doing this.

LTG : )

#3661 11 months ago
Quoted from billsfanmd:

Any way to buy a large Houdini pin poster? Would love one next to the pin when I get one.

If not available. Ebay has lots of Houdini banners and posters.

LTG : )

#3738 11 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

For those who don't follow Nitro on Facebook, you need to check this out. This is a guy who knows how to make his Houdini Pinball machine feel at home.

https://www.facebook.com/NITROPINBALL/videos/1142690015867915/

That is an amazing display !

LTG : )

#3758 11 months ago
Quoted from Jamaster10:

Few Pics from My Allentown Booth & Tournament Diamond Sponsor

I will have games available in the next few weeks!!!

Pincades
Jesse T.

Nice display. Doing a show is hard work. And your extra effort to make a cool looking display is great !

LTG : )

#3795 11 months ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

I guess pinball manufactors don't give a shit how there product is presented!

Have you reached out to them ? Part of tech support is making the customer happy. Sometimes just talking to a live body that cares can really go a long way to ending your frustration.

And the way any game gets bounced about in shipping. You only have two problems. While neither are shipper related. Maybe AP can help you. They are there. Let them make your new game experience better.

I know it's frustrating for you. And I'm sorry for that. But give them a chance to make you happy so you can enjoy your game. It sure is pretty. Plays great. And will give you years of enjoyment after a couple tweaks.

LTG : )

#3932 11 months ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

Who would think hammering next to the playfield would be an issue!?

You should have put that pad down first.

LTG : )

#3959 11 months ago
Quoted from Malibu-SS:

Having a problem with the ball trough.Takes multiple trys to get the ball out....have tried many different coil strengths.no difference.Looked at the assembly and everything looks good and nothing is loose,any ideas?

Same trough used by many manufacturers. If coil settings don't help. Watch the ball coming up. If it hits the flap that should divert it to the shooter lane and go back down. This WOZ fix will help. You need to bend the flap out a tiny bit.

http://www.pinplay.com/5/adjusting_the_ball_trough_on_woz.html

LTG : )

#4069 11 months ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

Apparently,nobody gives a F..k that this freight is just sitting there

I am sorry you are going through this. I will hope it gets resolved soon so you get your game and can enjoy it.

LTG : )

#4085 10 months ago
Quoted from ElectricLou:

Since then the game is shooting balls in through as soon as I push start.

If you don't have too many balls in the game. I'd get ahold of rosh or Barry here or American Pinball tech support, to be sure you got the wires back in the right spots. And other possibilities.

LTG : )

1 week later
#4162 10 months ago
Quoted from flipnout1:

Anyone interested in a Houdini? Come play it at Southern Fried Gaming Expo and take it home with you.

Outstanding poster !

LTG : )

#4164 10 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

I guess it shows sometimes when you tweet what you want for your birthday your wishes comes true.

He sure is going to have an amazing Birthday !

LTG : )

#4176 10 months ago
Quoted from GSones:

After a bit of investigating, it appears that the flipper had too much up and down motion and was causing the plunger in the coil to bind a bit and the spring became over-stressed.

Shouldn't have mattered. If it broke on the end loop, these pictures will help you get going. You can get new springs if you don't have any as spares.

Here is a video using a flipper spacer gauge if you want to set how high or low the flipper bat rides. Not on a Houdini, but same principle :

If you don't have the official flipper spacer gauge, a business card works too, cut a notch in it.

LTG : )

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#4183 10 months ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

My led strip died, started to flicker with flippers and then stopped. checked obvious connections but not sure where it terminates. All the other lighting appears ok

https://www.american-pinball.com/support/service/

LTG : )

#4194 10 months ago
Quoted from DANGERTERROR:

So just to confirm, this BA will be plug and play basically with Houdini?

The cartridge the bills goes into looks too big, 500 capacity ? Pins usually need a 200 or 300 capacity bill holder.

LTG : )

#4198 10 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Only JJP has moved to 12v.

PPS/CGC remakes are 12v. They were the first to do so.

LTG : )

#4201 10 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Make sure the bill cartridge isn't a 500

If you look that one up on Google, that is a 500 capacity cartridge.

LTG : )

#4207 10 months ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

Already tried to follow the harness and haven't found the end.

Understood. Hope someone with a game can assist you.

LTG : )

#4223 10 months ago

http://www.passionforpinball.com/

If not on the website, email Cliffy.

LTG : )

#4238 10 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Easy fix, just pound it back in, but I was just surprised at the lack of a cross-pin to secure it.

Easy to drill a hole through and install a small pin. Or place a small piece of tape across the hole and bang that sucker in. Never coming out.

LTG : )

#4279 10 months ago
Quoted from rubberducks:

Few tidbits from Joe Balcer's talk, on the stream:

Great tidbits !

LTG : )

#4282 10 months ago

Any chance the plumb bob or ring need a good cleaning ?

LTG : )

#4290 10 months ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

I finally have my pop bumpers as sensitive as I want them. I had adjusted the switches multiple times but the right one would still not activate unless it was really hit hard. I tested the switch with a meter and saw that even when the contacts were obviously touching it still didn't close the circuit unless you really pushed them together.

Always clean the contacts before you adjust them. Only takes a second.

LTG : )

#4353 10 months ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

Game 2 will be "Kick Ass"! You can quote me on that.

Well that answers that.

LTG : )

#4370 10 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

The real question is "Why Not"?

Is that required tech support gear ?

LTG : )
Disclaimer : I wonder if they have that available in fat ?

#4377 10 months ago
Quoted from angus:

Found these in my coinbox. Any idea where they go? Looks busted.

In the coin box is odd. When flipper buttons break, they are usually on the outside of the game somewhere.

LTG : )

#4398 10 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

I didnt get a set of buttons in my coin box.

Broken ones. See picture.

PM me your name and mailing address and the next time I have any broken ones I'll send them to you.

LTG : )

#4411 10 months ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

When pushed down,it flips ,then goes back up!

Then it's getting power from something. I'd start at the flipper button switches. To see if something there needs adjusting to work right.

LTG : )

#4416 10 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Cut off a couple loops on the spring and bend a new hook to match it with the other one.

LTG : )

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#4434 10 months ago
Quoted from JIM_Z:

Just had a flipper spring in the left also break.

Easy fix. See post 4415 and 4416.

The holes will smooth over and likely not break again.

LTG : )

#4452 10 months ago
Quoted from FalconPunch:

Just spamming an interview we did with Josh rosh

Great interview. You know he has a lot of work in it, and there is still excitement in his voice. Makes for a great game !

LTG : )
Disclaimer : I have to get one of the stuffed monkeys.

#4454 10 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

You mean a neutered monkey.

I most humbly apologize. It's early and my faux pas slip is quite shameful.

LTG : )
Disclaimer : I have to get one of the stuffed monkeys so I can neuter the little bastard myself. Band aids be damned. Full speed ahead.

#4480 10 months ago
Quoted from CUJO:

explain what "caught up in a coil" means?

Any yellow 12 volt wires near any coils. Possibly by coil lugs, or moving parts. And worn through the wire and shorting to anything.

Only a few minutes under the hood to give everything a quick look see. See if any wires are close to things they shouldn't be close to.

LTG : )

#4496 10 months ago
Quoted from Josho:

is it something that I can do easily from the top (with just the glass removed),

Turn game off. You might be able to bend/align it from on top. If not, lift playfield. Remove two screws and lower it. And straighten with a thin flat nosed pliers or something.

LTG : )

#4502 10 months ago
Quoted from DANGERTERROR:

I just can’t get the tilt working in gameplay

I don't have a game to check. In the software, is there an adjustment in there for tilt settings. 1 warning to tilt, 2 warnings to tilt, no tilt ?

LTG : )

#4509 10 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Didn't Josh say the tilt not working right was being fixed in the next update? I seem to remember a post about that...

I went back 5 pages and also did a search and didn't see anything. Could be before that.

I'm sure Josh will chime in.

LTG : )

#4554 9 months ago
Quoted from badbilly27:

Anyone have suggestions on how to get the pop bumpers more responsive?

Leaf blade switches under them ?

Then this - When you adjust a leaf blade switch for the pop bumper. Power off. Look at it below the playfield. A plastic rod sticks down from the pop bumper skirt and pushes a plastic spoon fixed to a lead blade. Be sure the rod is centered on the spoon. ( on an older game be sure the rod isn't worn or spoon is dirty where the rod rides ) Then the spoon blade should just be resting on the rod, not pushing it. The shorter bottom one should be close enough so the slightest ball hit triggers it, but vibration doesn't.

LTG : )

#4556 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Curious LTG, do they make a lighter internal rebound spring for pops? Never looked but it does seem like the ones on API are firm and require more bump to activate.

I don't know of any different internal springs. If they come from various sources, it is possible a manufacturing difference in material used. Same with the leaf blade switch with the spoon, I don't know of any firmer or softer blades.

I don't have a game to check. Maybe rosh can chime in and see if a different spring is in there or if Houdini has it's pop bumper leaf blade switches set less sensitive for a reason ?

LTG : )

#4565 9 months ago
Quoted from mcbPalisade:

Look at how many inspections this got through, scary

They likely buy the flipper mechs preassembled. And it easily passed testing. Then got bounced around enough in shipping to pop up. Crap happens.

Quoted from bobukcat:

I had adjusted the switches many, many times but the actual fix was "cleaning" the switches.

Before adjusting any leaf blade switch. Best clean them first, and be sure the screws or rivets holding the switch stack to bracket, are tight.

LTG : )

#4575 9 months ago
Quoted from Jamaster10:

LETS PUT SOME BOOM MAGICAL BOOM INTO THE HOLIDAY
Independence day special!!! Pincades is covering delivery to your driveway within the Chicago land area, on a NIB Houdini.
(Some restrictions apply, we do offer white glove set up as well for a fee.)

Pincades

Bump for a great deal from Jesse !

LTG : )

1 week later
#4720 9 months ago
Quoted from MMP:

Visited the AP factory

That would be fun to do. The new factory too, once it's rolling.

LTG : )

#4722 9 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Wonder if New building will be ready by Expo?
On bucket list!

I would think a little later than Expo. I hope the new building and move there goes good for them.

LTG : )

#4743 9 months ago
Quoted from Bartzenegger:

I would love to but there is not one in my area.

Any chance you can hit a show and play all three and decide which one you like ?

LTG : )

#4747 9 months ago
Quoted from Bartzenegger:

Not really Brother.

Maybe start a new thread. Which of the three you should get. And the responses, see how their collections compare to yours, maybe see if you have similar tastes in games to help you judge their opinion.

LTG : )

#4762 9 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

All the way in should be 6 or 6.5 degrees

Providing their floor is flat and level.

LTG : )

#4794 9 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

Quoted from Nirm:

That awkward moment when you realize you got pranked by rosh

I love the fun these guys are having, still, after all the work. And putting into the game.

LTG : )

#4796 9 months ago

This thread keeps getting better and better.

Thank you American Pinball !

LTG : )

#4799 9 months ago
Quoted from CUJO:

I'd like to learn more about this hardware platform.

Here is some good reading.

http://pinballmakers.com/wiki/index.php/P-ROC_Main_Page

LTG : )

#4813 9 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Wish I could be a tester.

Me too.

LTG : )

#4815 9 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

I concede and now am pulling for you Lloyd.

I'm pulling for you. I hope Josh mails you a game over night so you can beta test for him.

LTG : )
Disclaimer : Bump for the beta testers.

#4818 9 months ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

If only there was a system where you contacted the manufacturer and they emailed you back.........

Try again - https://www.american-pinball.com/support/service/ American Pinball is usually good with response. Crap does happen. Emails do get lost.

LTG : )

#4842 9 months ago
Quoted from MightyGrave:

Hope you can help me to fix the issue....

Contact them. Barry posted this a few posts up.

If you are having trouble and or need parts fill out a ticket

https://www.american-pinball.com/support/service/

I am here to help, email me at barry@american-pinball.com

LTG : )

#4891 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

"MODest Monkey" Mod

That's great !

LTG : )

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#5036 8 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

What about adding a tiny drop of sewing machine oil like on spinners?

Do you mean where the metal axle goes into a hole in a piece of metal holding it ? I would. The spinners last years longer before they break.

LTG : )

#5039 8 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Just clean it out when necessary with naphtha or alcohol?

A tiny drop of oil or light grease. I'd leave it alone until when you do a thorough shop job. Then clean and when done put a drop of oil on it. Clean it with what ever is handy. Fantastic, 409, Windex, etc.

LTG : )

#5042 8 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Will spit work? I'm out of 409!

Yours will. That sh*t removes paint.

LTG : )

#5068 8 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I can only see incredible things for Houdini down the road.

Absolutely.

LTG : )

#5102 8 months ago
Quoted from Jamaster10:

I week away
At least 3 maybe more on free play and nib games. All will have art blades. I will bring Magic Glass and shakers if someone would like to purchase them to add to a Open box or nib game. I may be bringing some other pins as well.
Show game pricing as well
See ya soon
Pincades
Jese T

Jese is great to deal with. Check him out at the show.
LTG : )

#5113 8 months ago

Impressive update !

LTG : )

#5186 8 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

Sometimes when you run out of budget, you get in your car, drive to a recording studio, yelling all the way to get a raspy voice . . .

In the movie Little Big Man, Dustin Hoffman spent hours screaming to get the raspy voice he used when playing the older version of himself.

LTG : )

#5248 8 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Just drop the wall voltage below 115 and the games will only take 2 minutes.

You are ready for tech support. American Pinball should hire you.

LTG : )

#5254 8 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

(plus your on call 24/7 which is just crazy lol)

Too funny. It's usually noon to midnight CST. But like today I was already going at 10am, and last night was still doing techy stuff at 1am. If someone has a problem, I like to keep on top of it.

Not much going on right now. Not like the early days with WOZ. So I get bored and find other ways to help.

Just trying to make my little corner of pinball a little bit better.

LTG : )

#5291 8 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Anybody know of a good pyprocgameHD/Skeletongame? I know Houdini fits the bill,

American Pinball's next game.

LTG : )

#5319 8 months ago
Quoted from jrio101:

Is there supposed to be a fuse in here?

From BarryJ post 3310 :

Everyone else's second fuse holder empty? Yes the board is designed for 2 different voltages. The only voltage being used right now is 12V for the LED on the start button and shaker motor if installed. the other empty fuse might be used for the 48V to run the knocker coil...but we are also testing a 12V knocker.. We have options!

LTG : )

#5323 8 months ago
Quoted from jrio101:

I'm having a problem with my Houdini and can't figure it out. Turns on and the lights come on but both screens are blue. Tried reinstalling code and it does nothing but pull logs. Any suggestions?

Did you check vireland's post 5313 - Sounds like loose connection to the computer box in the head. Power to monitors, but no power to the computer. Check connections.

?
LTG : )

#5325 8 months ago
Quoted from jrio101:

Checked connections in head and all seem to be good

While waiting on American Pinball. May as well reseat those connectors and push in tight.

LTG : )

#5334 8 months ago
Quoted from jrio101:

Tried a new USB stick and followed all Barry's instructions and still the game doesn't work. It says game code updated and when I power cycle the screen is still blue.

Did you try a fresh download of the software ? New USB stick, but did you try a different brand ?

LTG : )

#5350 8 months ago
Quoted from TomN:

Hope it's not a bad story.

If it was, you think it would just be removed.

LTG : )

#5354 8 months ago

He's lucky. The Chicago way is worse.

LTG : )

#5378 8 months ago

Remember the monkey ? Those.

LTG : )

#5406 8 months ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

Mine has 18-5-4,Thanks!!!

https://www.american-pinball.com/support/updates/

Looks like a newer one is on their site. 18-8-5

LTG : )

#5462 8 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Lubed the shooter rod with a little lock ease graphite spray it was getting rough and hard to control.

I wouldn't use any product with graphite in it, in a pinball machine.

It conducts electricity. And if it works it's way into anything else, you could have problems.

LTG : )
Disclaimer : Learned that at my Father's arcade. Graphite bullets in the shooting range sent dust over the entire arcade. Did a good job of shorting leaf blade switch stacks over time.

#5465 8 months ago
Quoted from MMP:

. Tilt not working,

See post 5111

Do you have the 18.8.1 update in your game ?

Otherwise check with American Pinball Support.

LTG : )

#5493 8 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I haven't seen a flipper collapse or fail to hold on other games.

Can happen depending on system if flipper button leaf blade switches need cleaning or contact point at end of blade isn't making good electrical contact with blade, or if optos - could need cleaning.

Might be worth checking until AP posts.

LTG : )

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#5629 7 months ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

Regardless if you use the protectors or not, before you lift the playfield visually inspect both playfield edges for any toys or ramps that might have moved and might be able to scratch the Interior Art

If I might add, lift the playfield straight up. On any game it's easy to twist or not get straight and scrape one side going up.

LTG : )

#5644 7 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

Broke my right flipper spring after 2 months of home use. No spares lying around either.

Bend the last loop over and hook it back up.

LTG : )

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#5680 7 months ago
Quoted from mcbPalisade:

Mr Kugler seems absent, maybe on holiday learning German traditions

Too early for Octoberfest. This year it's September 22nd to October 7th.

LTG : )

#5682 7 months ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Are we getting manuals sometime?

Manual on line, I didn't see a fuse list in it. And Barry and Josh may not pop up here or at tech support until Tuesday.

Sorry.

LTG : )

#5683 7 months ago
Quoted from drummermike:

Are we getting manuals sometime?

American-pinball.com has this :

What is the fuse rating for the fuses on the coil driver boards?

There are 4 fuses, the fuses for the Brown, Red and Blue lines are 6.3 ASB. The fuse for the Black line is 4 ASB.

LTG : )

#5770 7 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Its ok for Rosh and Barry take weekends off.

Tech support never sleeps.

LTG : )

#5776 7 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Drum roll.....Oktoberfest..!
Im a little speechless on this one.

Have faith.

They took an escape artist who died 96 years ago and made a great pin.

Octoberfest is a weeks long carnival/party/celebration. They have a lot to work with beyond German maidens clutching 6 beer steins in each hand.

LTG : )

#5778 7 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

But now that you mention it, a "Tapper" type video mode would be cool.

Easily done. And could be family mode on or off for home owners.

LTG : )

#5784 7 months ago
Quoted from Vino:

Any word if they will end Houdini production when game #2 starts?

Ask them at Expo. Maybe they can build two different games at the same time. Especially when they move to the new building.

LTG : )

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#5907 7 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

Flipper angles are factory, but not equal.

Flipper bat gauge is great.

Are they available ?

LTG : )

#5949 7 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

Can someone please show or describe where to apply a mutimeter to test switching power output on the game?

It should be labeled. Stay away from the 110AC. Look for Ground, +5, +12, check ground to each + or - DC voltage.

LTG : )

#5950 7 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

Can someone please show or describe where to apply a mutimeter to test switching power output on the game?

LTG : )

#5956 7 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

What would be the normal output I should be expecting?

What is marked on the power supply.

LTG : )

#6052 6 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Go to website and register game.
Then open ticket to Barry.

https://www.american-pinball.com/

LTG : )

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#6296 6 months ago
Quoted from PhantomO:

I wonder what 11/16 signifies?

Designed by Josh and Joe for American Pinball Inc. in November 2016.

LTG : )

#6338 6 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

Lloyd,

I've put one in my back pack for you, remind me at expo to give it to you.

rosh

Why thank you. Much appreciated !

LTG : )
Disclaimer : I'm looking forward to seeing my American Pinball friends !

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#6480 6 months ago
Quoted from Zaquar:

Ok - it’s not needed for shaker?

No.

LTG : )

#6492 6 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

I've done it in both positions.

TMI

LTG : )

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#6661 5 months ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

But we are ALL dedicated in what we do and always looking to improve and push the boundaries of pinball.

If you see them at a show. Definitely talk to them. They are a great team and enthusiastic about their work.

LTG : )

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#6766 5 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Ill check the cab switch with a meter. maybe its just weak or dirty.

If you haven't thought of it, check it for ohms too. Point might not be making good contact with the long blade it's fastened to.

LTG : )

#6859 5 months ago
Quoted from BioBa:

Is this normal with Houdini?

Doesn't sound normal. I'd be sure your flippers have a tiny bit of up and down play ( not back and forth ) to be sure the pawl isn't binding on the nylon bushing below the playfield the flipper shaft rides in.

If that is good, then I'd remove the plunger assembly and be sure the plunger/plastic link/pawl moves freely.

LTG : )

#6937 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I'm always up for recommendations

If you don't know how to solder, Youtube is littered with short how to videos. Practice with some wire at a atable, and when you heat the joint and flow the solder, then move onto your game.

A few minutes practice and you'll do fine.

LTG : )

#6971 5 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I think Houdini will follow this path as people get to know it better.

I've often compared it to TZ. It's going to be a great home game. A game that can really kick you and leave you wanting to play again. A game you won't tire of.

LTG : )

#6987 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

A bit more pressing, my flippers seem really lop sided. I can see the boring hole on the left, where it should rest, and that left flipper is way, way high.

Assuming the flipper spring isn't broken. Loosen pawl nut a tiny bit, move flipper where it should be. Tighten pawl nut a LOT.

LTG : )

#6990 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Weird. I took this two days ago when I unpacked it, before powering it on, and it's higher on the left as well, but not as high as it is currently.

Not weird. Could have been ever so slightly not wrenched down real tight and slipped in shipping.

LTG : )

#6992 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

So I'm looking for something like this? What kind of tool do I use to loosen it?

Yes. I'd use a wrench. Just loosen a tiny bit so you can barely turn the flipper, get it in place, then retighten. If you loosen it up too much, then you have to allow for up and down play too.

LTG : )

#6993 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

What kind of tool do I use to loosen it?

Use a tool like this. Use the end marked 3/8

If you screw it up, this video may help :

LTG : )

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#6996 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I'm guessing popping up the playfield is the way to do this?

I'd go with that. Turn the game off first.

You'll never be able to do it through the coin door. If you try that, please shoot a video of it and post it.

LTG : )

#6997 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Here's the sad little ikea branded wrench I have.

Different tool, will work. And about the same size as mine. Picture makes it look bigger.

LTG : )

#6998 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I really admire people who can do this sans any nerves.

You blow enough sh*t up, you won't have any nerves to slow you down either. They burn out right after the first layer of skin.

LTG : )

#7001 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Did this jump off the rails?

Looks like. I don't think you should have pushed back. Just lift up a little, pull forward, and then lift up and lean back.

I would grab the playfield, lift up, and hopefully get it back on the rails along the inside of the cabinet.

LTG : )

#7003 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

It feels like it's locked in, won't budge much.

You might try and lean it back forward too.

LTG : )

#7004 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Does this shit happen ever?

Yes. You weren't the first, and won't be the last.

Quoted from wesman:

I didn't even push that hard.

No idea why you pushed ?

LTG : )

#7005 5 months ago

See the knob the red arrow is pointing to ? It should be resting or sliding along the bar below the green line.

LTG : )

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#7008 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Should I be careful powering it on?

I wouldn't worry. It bounced around in the back of a truck way worse than what ever you did.

You didn't fix the flipper. Had enough for today ? Or hoping some local collector will give you a little hands on help to get you started ?

LTG : )

#7009 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I mean pushing upward, to try and lock it in, then it came down hard.

Just guessing, but in your pushing upward you may have slid it back more.

To do this. I would grab the apron in the area the balls drain. Lift up a foot or so, pull forward and let the yellow rails rest on the front of the cabinet. Then lift up and lean back, so those pegs stay on the rail they slide on.

LTG : )

#7013 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

And even now as I tried to pull it all the way forward on the rails, and then when going upward, it seemed like when pushing back on the rails,

Grab onto those yellow rails hard and don't let it slide back. Go up, and lean on back box.

I'm thinking you are new to this. Please get a local pinhead to come over and assist you. A little hands on help can go a long way toards learning about your game and enjoying it more.

LTG : )

#7016 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

. And even now as I tried to pull it all the way forward on the rails,

When in position and the peg ( red arrow ) is sliding on the rail, it comes to a stop at the end where the rail hooks up ( yellow arrow )

When it stops there, then lift up and lean back.

I don't have a Houdini to check, but grab those yellow rails and hold tight. If the playfield is ass heavy, it may want to slide back. You are in charge. Don't let it.

LTG : )

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#7017 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Yeah, I think I'm done with this experiment.

It's okay. You live in an area with a lot of pinheads. Hopefully some will come forward and help you.

Please, someone help this nice man.

LTG : )

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#7150 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I'm definitely anxious regarding home ownership.

Understandable.

Maybe this video will help -

Different game, same principle.

Don't be afraid to crank on that nut with a wrench. In over 40 years I've only snapped one bolt. I've also only seen one pawl that was thick and couldn't be tightened. I doubt that is your issue.

LTG : )

#7154 5 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

I just realized, is this you?

Yes, that is me.

Quoted from wesman:

I genuinely admire that ability.

You'll do fine. You'll learn as you go. And the day will come when you can help others. That really makes pinball great.

LTG : )

#7156 5 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Only fib he dropped was the never broke a bolt in 40 years.

Sorry. I should have specified flipper pawl bolt.

Quoted from Yelobird:

Hence the reason he is the support rep for JJP, CGC, and a few other wise companies that understand his incredible value.

I only do tech support for JJP and PPS/CGC. I try and help where I can elsewhere.

Quoted from Yelobird:

LTG is an Indispensable asset to pinball and an overall great person.

That's some funny crap. Thank you. Let us not forget Rob Burk says I'm warm and fuzzy.

Thank you for the day brightener !

LTG : )
Disclaimer : I have a great idea for next year's Expo mug.

#7195 5 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

How does this attach permanently?

Look it over. Glue, if you see holes - staples, or brads.

LTG : )

#7198 5 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

The lampshade doesn't have any glue or tape residue on it that I can see.

I don't have one to check. Sorry. Just going by what I see on other games.

LTG : )

#7272 4 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Should it be attached to the white power plug on the right in his/my photo?

No, that is for a bill validator.

LTG : )

#7274 4 months ago
Quoted from wesman:

Hmm....I should buy one of those, and start charging the dope that plays this thing so often, and make some quick cash!!!

Use as a bank. To save for repairs, parts, or your next American Pinball, Octoberfest !

Quoted from wesman:

Oops, wait....I think that dope would be me!

Not if you save enough for repairs, parts, and your new Octoberfest.

LTG : )

#7286 4 months ago
Quoted from kdecgp:

It's also kind of a hell of a 4 day weekend to be stuck with a broken machine when I wanted to play the hell out of it.

I am sorry about this. Crap happens. My saddest tech support calls are for those wanting to enjoy their game over a holiday and can't. It is rare. But does happen. No words I offer can make up for your let down.

Quoted from kdecgp:

Then I also have this thing in the back of my head that this problem will spread across the board.

Too soon for full blown panic.

Quoted from kdecgp:

There's also the prospect of phone calls and me possibly killing this gigantic seven thousand dollar toy trying to fix it myself.

Relax. I know this is a bad experience right now. Rest assured American Pinball will help you all they can so you are enjoying your game again as soon as possible.

Contact American Pinball, do as they say. And you and your game will be fine.

LTG : )

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