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Announcing Chrome Candy Shooter Rods!


By twenty84

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    My wife and I got into the pinball hobby about four years ago with our first machine, and our collection has quickly grown. I enjoy modifying our machines: Adding shaker motors, color DMDs, special LED lighting, custom toppers, and more… and one thing I recently started making for myself was a high quality shooter rod.

    Why? Well, when starting a game of pinball, our first interaction with the machine involves pulling back the shooter rod and releasing the ball into play, and I noticed that in the case of every machine made in recent history, the stock shooter rod that comes with the game feels cheap. It’s just a lightweight piece of plastic with the seam from its formation in a two-part mold both easily palpable and visible. With virtually every other consumer product made – tea pots, chairs, cars, washing machines, elevators, etc. there’s been some effort to make the parts of the machine we interact with pleasant to the sight and touch. Why should pins be the last product left behind?

    I’ve purchased a few novelty shooter rods for our collection in the past, and while they may complement the theme of the game, oftentimes they’re actually too large, awkward, and clunky to use. And let’s not even mention the cost of some of them; or at least don’t mention it in front of my wife! (She’s not on Pinside.)

    I knew I could make a better shooter rod. Hence the birth of Chrome Candy!

    Our premium shooter rods are made with a 1.25” stainless steel ball, providing the perfect combination of size and weight. Using stainless steel means that even without coating, the knob will look great and never rust, but at the same time, powder coating is available to match the color and theme of any game. Our shooter rods are durable, pleasing to the senses, and reasonably priced. They also happen to be one of the easiest mods you can install on your machine. We hope you like them as much as we do.

    We just launched our online storefront at our website http://www.chromecandy.com/. The basic chrome shooter rod is $39, and powder coated ones are $49.

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    #2 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    My wife and I got into the pinball hobby about four years ago with our first machine, and our collection has quickly grown. I enjoy modifying our machines: Adding shaker motors, color DMDs, special LED lighting, custom toppers, and more… and one thing I recently started making for myself was a high quality shooter rod.
    Why? Well, when starting a game of pinball, our first interaction with the machine involves pulling back the shooter rod and releasing the ball into play, and I noticed that in the case of every machine made in recent history, the stock shooter rod that comes with the game feels cheap. It’s just a lightweight piece of plastic with the seam from its formation in a two-part mold both easily palpable and visible. With virtually every other consumer product made – tea pots, chairs, cars, washing machines, elevators, etc. there’s been some effort to make the parts of the machine we interact with pleasant to the sight and touch. Why should pins be the last product left behind?
    I’ve purchased a few novelty shooter rods for our collection in the past, and while they may complement the theme of the game, oftentimes they’re actually too large, awkward, and clunky to use. And let’s not even mention the cost of some of them; or at least don’t mention it in front of my wife! (She’s not on Pinside.)
    I knew I could make a better shooter rod. Hence the birth of Chrome Candy!
    Our premium shooter rods are made with a 1.25” stainless steel ball, providing the perfect combination of size and weight. Using stainless steel means that even without coating, the knob will look great and never rust, but at the same time, powder coating is available to match the color and theme of any game. Our shooter rods are durable, pleasing to the senses, and reasonably priced. They also happen to be one of the easiest mods you can install on your machine. We hope you like them as much as we do.
    We just launched our online storefront at our website http://www.chromecandy.com/. The basic chrome shooter rod is $39, and powder coated ones are $49. In celebration of our launch, we're offering a 25% discount on these prices through Sunday, November 19th with the promo code “CELEBRATE.” Standard shipping is $5, and we offer free shipping with the purchase of products totaling $100 or more.

    Those look really nice, I feel the same as you, I like the feel and size of that size nob. What is the color of the one next to the black one?

    #3 1 year ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    Those look really nice, I feel the same as you, I like the feel and size of that size nob. What is the color of the one next to the black one?

    We call that one fireball. I did my Kiss in that color.

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    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    We call that one fireball. I did my Kiss in that color.

    Fireball I like that, it looks sharp. Now ya just need beatmasters and my mods.

    #5 1 year ago

    Can you match my ruby red woz armour?

    #6 1 year ago

    Nice product and that powder coating on the Kiss game looks unbelievable!

    #7 1 year ago

    Awnsered my own question on your website. Hopefully im your first pinside customer ordered the cherry red!

    #8 1 year ago

    These look Awesome! Can't tell from your video but what is your suggestion on the Batman 66 LE? So wish you had a Black with Speckle but the red flake looks pretty nice! Help me decide I want to get my order in. PM if you prefer. Nice job to you and your wife!!

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    Awnsered my own question on your website. Hopefully im your first pinside customer ordered the cherry red!

    Yes you are the first to order red. It goes well with WOZ RR, ST prem, and probably many others. I mention it on the website, but JJP games tend to come with a barrel spring that is about 1" and goes into their stock shooter rod a bit. Thus when you install our rod with that barrel spring it tends to make a weaker plunge, so I recommend a 3/4" barrel spring (similar to the stock ones on Stern games). We have the barrel springs on the website but I'll include one with your order for no extra charge. Here's your order packaged up and ready to ship:

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    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    Nice product and that powder coating on the Kiss game looks unbelievable!

    Thanks. We hope to expand to other products soon like the shooter rod housing and armor. If you want some of this stuff before then, PM me and I may be able to set you up.

    Quoted from Yelobird:

    These look Awesome! Can't tell from your video but what is your suggestion on the Batman 66 LE? So wish you had a Black with Speckle but the red flake looks pretty nice! Help me decide I want to get my order in. PM if you prefer. Nice job to you and your wife!!

    Thanks. This game is so colorful that I think a lot of choices would look good. I put the concord grape (purple) one on my BM66 prem. The cherry red one looks good also, and would look great with your awesome speaker light mod. Black licorice would be a very safe choice for almost any game.

    #11 1 year ago

    Love it. Going to place my order now! Keep plunging along with the great work! Nice touch with the matching Candy. Lol

    #12 1 year ago

    This will be on the list for Xmas From me to me

    #13 1 year ago

    One for my NIB TWD -but not sure which one

    Can you ship to the UK. If so how much would the shipping be?

    #14 1 year ago

    Order placed! Hobbit and Batman are getting shiny new bobbles for X-Mas! Keep up the good work and Congrats to you and your wife!

    The Mod Couple

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from lecarpist:

    One for my NIB TWD -but not sure which one
    Can you ship to the UK. If so how much would the shipping be?

    We can ship it in within the US very reasonably ($5) and with tracking because they are under the 13 oz limit for first class mail. We actually looked into shipping out of the US at it was very expensive (a little different for each country but typically about $40 for methods that included tracking). I don't have a problem shipping internationally but we didn't offer it on the website right now because it was expensive enough that we didn't think that many people would want to do it. That said, it would probably make the most sense if you were willing to order several. Let me know via PM and we will be willing to ship them with shipping at cost but that was too variable to figure out on the website.

    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Order placed! Hobbit and Batman are getting shiny new bobbles for X-Mas! Keep up the good work and Congrats to you and your wife!
    The Mod Couple

    Thanks for your order. I just dropped off the first ones we sold at at the post office and when I got home 11 more had been sold!

    #16 1 year ago

    You are correct on international shipping. We ship mod type product around the world and I Sincerely feel bad when I need to tell the buyer what the extortion rate is from USPS to get a product to them. I will say however, granted you need to fill out export docs etc you can get Reasonable rates if you avoid tracking, Global Priority, Priority, etc. Typically around 12-15 US for shipping throughout Europe. For some reason the post office does not Like Canada and Australia? lol The rates there are usually more. Just claim it as a Toy with a $10 value and the buyer will not get socked with a Taxman fee. Just a consideration as you Need to sell this awesome product Around the World!! Good Luck!!!

    #17 1 year ago

    These look super nice. Would it be possible to do a hot pink one for my CFTBL?

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

    These look super nice. Would it be possible to do a hot pink one for my CFTBL?

    Definitely. I've already had requests to do a color that matches GB LE and Dialed In LE (Sour apple looks good on GB LE and blueberry one looks good on DI LE but neither is an exact match) and hope to have some of these on the website in the next couple weeks. Let me know what color would match best (can do anything prismatic powders sells including RAL colors see https://www.prismaticpowders.com/powder-coating-colors/ ). If it is something I have to special order or don't think I would sell many of there would be an up charge to cover the cost of ordering the color.

    #19 1 year ago

    Would the light blue match a STLE?

    #20 1 year ago

    I’m going to order a chrome so my local powder company matches it to the armor they are doing.

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from Starscream:

    Would the light blue match a STLE?

    That's a good question. I don't have a ST LE so I'm not sure. I will try to find out though, if it doesn't I'll try to find a close match as I'd guess that would be a popular one.

    EDIT: Checked and it is darker than the blue on ST LE, plan to offer an exact match in the future

    Quoted from MinusWorlds:

    I’m going to order a chrome so my local powder company matches it to the armor they are doing.

    That is a great option, especially for those that are getting other parts coated at the same time.

    #22 1 year ago
    Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

    These look super nice. Would it be possible to do a hot pink one for my CFTBL?

    TNA is screaming for a hot pink too. Ordered a Black Licorice for my Metallica cant wait to check it out

    #23 1 year ago

    Dude those look great. Ordering now.

    #24 1 year ago

    I'll buy a couple once you are doing housings
    Purple housing and green longer will look great on CV

    #25 1 year ago

    I like it, those sculpted shooter rods with like a wrestler head or jack sparrow head usually look cheesy and are uncomfortable...these look bad ass

    #26 1 year ago

    Compatibility issues with Capcom games? The orange would be perfect for Airbourne and the purple for Pinball Magic

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    We can ship it in within the US very reasonably ($5) and with tracking because they are under the 13 oz limit for first class mail. We actually looked into shipping out of the US at it was very expensive (a little different for each country but typically about $40 for methods that included tracking). I don't have a problem shipping internationally but we didn't offer it on the website right now because it was expensive enough that we didn't think that many people would want to do it. That said, it would probably make the most sense if you were willing to order several. Let me know via PM and we will be willing to ship them with shipping at cost but that was too variable to figure out on the website.

    Thanks for your order. I just dropped off the first ones we sold at at the post office and when I got home 11 more had been sold!

    That's crazy because I just shipped one of my Leg Light kits, which is like 14oz to France and it was only $24.

    #28 1 year ago
    Quoted from MinusWorlds:

    I’m going to order a chrome so my local powder company matches it to the armor they are doing.

    It's bot chrome it's polished stainless steel.

    #29 1 year ago

    yes i also jsut shipped canadapost from SK to IL and it was only $28

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    That's crazy because I just shipped one of my Leg Light kits, which is like 14oz to France and it was only $24.

    I think your both correct but I think they were looking at Priority (or Global) prepackage type shipping with Tracking and certified delivery options. The US post office Soaks people for these add ons. If you ship regular First Class as is shipping you can get Reasonable rates. Most non US buyers understand they won't get the 2 day Priority treatment.

    #31 1 year ago
    Quoted from transprtr4u:

    Compatibility issues with Capcom games? The orange would be perfect for Airbourne and the purple for Pinball Magic

    I'm not sure. Don't have any Capcom games. Perhaps someone can let me know if the design of Capcom shooter rods is similar

    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    That's crazy because I just shipped one of my Leg Light kits, which is like 14oz to France and it was only $24.

    I'm sure that is possible without tracking. I am to ship internationally at cost, just difficult to get the price accurately on the website so I can handle those via PM.

    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    It's bot chrome it's polished stainless steel.

    It is polished stainless steel but it is called "chrome" on the website because polished stainless steel candy didn't have as nice of ring to it. Power coating it yourself or having someone do it for you is certainly an option, especially if you want an exact match to a custom color.

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    I'm sure that is possible without tracking. I am to ship internationally at cost, just difficult to get the price accurately on the website so I can handle those via PM.

    Tracking came standard. I took the filled box to the PO and they told me how much it would cost, then I went home, told the customer, he payed for the order then I shipped. A lot of bs but I live close to the PO so no big deal and very accurate shipping cost for the customer.

    Quoted from twenty84:

    It is polished stainless steel but it is called "chrome" on the website because polished stainless steel candy didn't have as nice of ring to it. Power coating it yourself or having someone do it for you is certainly an option, especially if you want an exact match to a custom color.

    It may not have as nice of a ring but it's more accurate. If it says chrome I would expect to get chrome which is more costly, big difference between the two. You have to tell the customer EXACTLY what they are paying for.

    #33 1 year ago

    They aren’t made of candy either. Instead of licorice I guess I could say “stainless steel ball painted black.” Don’t sue me if you break a tooth trying to eat one. I’ll put a disclaimer on the website.

    #34 1 year ago

    Why not Polished Candy Stainless Steel Shoter Rods

    #35 1 year ago

    Looking good, just ordered one

    #36 1 year ago

    I just ordered 5 - thank you for the Special!!!!

    #37 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    They aren’t made of candy either.

    Wait. I didn’t know that. I need to cancel my order, please.

    #38 1 year ago

    Look nice! Dark red coming in future?

    #39 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mudflaps:

    Wait. I didn’t know that. I need to cancel my order, please.

    No need to cancel, I’ll just send you my latest, I call it “Reese’s”

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    #40 1 year ago

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    #41 1 year ago

    No, haven’t you heard? It’s polished stainless steel.

    #42 1 year ago

    With 25% off this is a screaming deal. I used to make and sell these so I know what the cost is to make these.

    Are the rods threaded or glued to ball?

    #43 1 year ago
    Quoted from woody76:

    With 25% off this is a screaming deal. I used to make and sell these so I know what the cost is to make these.
    Are the rods threaded or glued to ball?

    Part of the reason we wanted to sell at a discount at first was because these really have a nice feel to them which is difficult to get across on the web. We figured once they got in the hands of collectors they would gain popularity.

    The rods are press fit into the ball using a hydraulic press which itself is probably enough to keep it from ever coming off. For good measure a drop of epoxy is put on the end prior to fitting it which makes it pretty solid. I wanted to see how solidly it was attached and have tried putting the rod in a vice and put a wrench over the ball and knocking it off with a 9 lb. hammer. It is essentially impossible to get the ball off the shaft without destroying it.

    Actually I first thought of making these just for my own machines. The first one probably took my an hour in the machine shop to make: it is easy to break bits drilling into these and it generates a lot of heat so you need to go slow. Friends saw what I made and wanted them but there was no way it was economically feasible the way I was doing it. I had some local machine shops quote the job but it still was expensive enough that I felt like it would be too expensive for a lot of people. There are actually large shops that specialize in drilled steel balls for the automotive industry but for them to be interested you have to order a lot of them. So that's what I did, but I had to order more than I could sell just to friends so I decided to make a go of it as a business.

    #44 1 year ago

    I'll be in Canada on Friday, which presents an opportunity for economical shipping to Canadian buyers. Please PM me if you are interested.

    #45 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    The rods are press fit into the ball using a hydraulic press which itself is probably enough to keep it from ever coming off. For good measure a drop of epoxy is put on the end prior to fitting it which makes it pretty solid. I wanted to see how solidly it was attached and have tried putting the rod in a vice and put a wrench over the ball and knocking it off with a 9 lb. hammer. It is essentially impossible to get the ball off the shaft without destroying it.

    I'm impressed. Sounds like a quality product.

    #46 1 year ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    Part of the reason we wanted to sell at a discount at first was because these really have a nice feel to them which is difficult to get across on the web. We figured once they got in the hands of collectors they would gain popularity.
    The rods are press fit into the ball using a hydraulic press which itself is probably enough to keep it from ever coming off. For good measure a drop of epoxy is put on the end prior to fitting it which makes it pretty solid. I wanted to see how solidly it was attached and have tried putting the rod in a vice and put a wrench over the ball and knocking it off with a 9 lb. hammer. It is essentially impossible to get the ball off the shaft without destroying it.
    Actually I first thought of making these just for my own machines. The first one probably took my an hour in the machine shop to make: it is easy to break bits drilling into these and it generates a lot of heat so you need to go slow. Friends saw what I made and wanted them but there was no way it was economically feasible the way I was doing it. I had some local machine shops quote the job but it still was expensive enough that I felt like it would be too expensive for a lot of people. There are actually large shops that specialize in drilled steel balls for the automotive industry but for them to be interested you have to order a lot of them. So that's what I did, but I had to order more than I could sell just to friends so I decided to make a go of it as a business.

    You did a slightly smaller ball which should help with not needing a heavier spring on some games. Nice work and great price.

    #47 1 year ago

    Thanks for all of those that have placed orders. The initial popularity of these has surprised both my wife and I. I attribute most of the business to pinside as Facebook's algorithm determined that our website was not family friendly (Perhaps there are other markets for ~7.5" of steel shaft that we failed to initially consider?).

    Just a quick note on color matching. The color on our website (blueberry; center swatch) is a little darker blue than ST LE (left swatch) and and little lighter than DI LE (right). I also have a picture of our blueberry color installed on a friend's DI LE, and when installed the color difference doesn't seem as great as it does in the color samples. I don't have a picture of it installed on ST LE. We plan to offer exact matches to both games in the future so if you want an exact match you should wait for it, but the discount we are offering expires tonight and is only for current stock.

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    #48 1 year ago

    In response to several inquiries, if you missed out on the 25% discount promo code celebrating our store’s launch this weekend, we have decided to extend the discount for eight days through “Cyber Monday” next week.

    We will be publicly sharing Black Friday and Cyber Monday codes (also for 25% off) on our website and Facebook as well, but for those of you who’d like to get a jump on the sale, we are happy to offer the Pinside community the code “PINSIDE2017” for 25% off effective immediately.

    Thank you so much for your enthusiastic reception of our products. Please note that some of the initial powder coated colors are in very limited supply or already sold out, and we are working to replenish stock as well as add more colors per request. If you have want something specific please PM me or email leah@chromecandy.com Follow us on Facebook for updates on colors and other products; we will do our best to communicate on social media as well as here in this forum!

    #49 1 year ago

    Received my order today. Really fast shipping and nice looking shooter.

    The included candy however did not fair so well, leaving sticky candy dust all over everything. Very nice gesture but may have to leave that out on future orders.

    Will post pics once I get it installed, glad to see the sale extended I may need another.

    #50 1 year ago
    Quoted from PunkPin:

    Received my order today. Really fast shipping and nice looking shooter.
    The included candy however did not fair so well, leaving sticky candy dust all over everything. Very nice gesture but may have to leave that out on future orders.
    Will post pics once I get it installed, glad to see the sale extended I may need another.

    Glad you got the rod and look forward to seeing the pics. Thanks for the feed back on the candy. Might have to at least put it in a separate bag.

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