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.