Man this thread has lost its focus badly. Too bad pinside doesn't have OP moderated threads as an option, would really make this site more useable with the volume of traffic it has now.
You people do realize that there are existing threads for "dimpling", one going back 9 years!
And the asinine "HUO" criteria discussion:
Getting back to the actual topic at hand...
We have a JP2LE on location and it also is holding up very well. Thin clearcoat on it but appears to be very little to no wear after months of location use. It has a largish metal washer under the post in front of the upper right flipper, not sure if that means it's mounted to the bottom of the PF but no signs of wear or leaning on it.
Do I think this means that Stern's PF quality issues are "solved"? Hell no. Over the last 4 or 5 years they seem to come and go and you never know when they might crop up next. It does seem to correlate somewhat with a popular game being released (GB, IMDN, JP2), I assume the PF supplier cuts corners in their processes or standards trying to keep up with demand (possibly with Stern's blessing).
Quoted from DerGoetz:
terrible graining, looks like ass.
removed apron and did test drops. Craters, not dimples, right away.
i pulled everything needed and install a playfield protector before even the first ball was played.
made the graining almost invisible and no dimples for me.
My BKSoR Pro also has PF graining, which Stern considers "normal". I too am bothered by new games, like my IMDNLE, which come with heavily crazed inserts. At the least Stern could filter the crap and provide the nicest PFs to LE and Premium buyers, like CGC does.
I'm out on blindly purchasing NiB from Stern going forward, period. Someday I'll pick up nicely used JP2 when I can inspect how it's wearing and find one I'll be happy with, and if you give a shit about these things then I recommend you all do the same.