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Disappointed in new Pinballs - who had good ones?


By ezatnova

59 days ago



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    #1 59 days ago

    Ordered replacement balls for my BKSOR and AC⚡️DC figuring with all the multiballs that happen, they do a lot of bashing into each other.

    Ordered balls from pinball life and was disappointed as soon as I opened the bag and saw how cloudy/matte they were. Sure enough, comparing them to my well used AC⚡️DC balls, they are not nearly as shiny and nice looking.

    Anyone have a go to source for quality pinballs?

    In pic attached, my old pinballs on the right at the new PBL ones on the left.

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    #2 59 days ago

    Yes. Buy from ball baron. I had the same issue with the pinball life ones. Don’t think they are necessarily bad, just dark.

    #3 59 days ago

    Oh, and don’t forget to clean the PBL ones they are coated in oil!

    #5 59 days ago

    I've been buying bc precision off amazon. Shiny, not bad price in 25 pack. Change em out yearly, they still look great

    #6 59 days ago

    Thanks!

    Interestingly, I checked back in my old emails and the nice shiny ones that actually look better in the photo, even after being used for hundreds and hundreds of games, were ALSO pinball life’s! Guess whoever they source from has changed

    #7 59 days ago

    Interesting that the ball baron ninja balls have a warning about magnets. Ugh. Could be bad with BKSOR with the magnasave

    #8 59 days ago

    Well, I ordered Ninjas for my AC⚡️DC and regular chromes for black knight sword of rage, given the magma save

    #9 59 days ago

    i never had issues with marco ones. maybe try theirs?

    #10 59 days ago
    Quoted from ezatnova:

    Well, I ordered Ninjas for my AC⚡️DC and regular chromes for black knight sword of rage, given the magma save

    Be sure to remember the amount of which you ordered. Unless Ball Baron has changed things I've had them ship to me with no designation which is which

    #11 59 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Be sure to remember the amount of which you ordered. Unless Ball Baron has changed things I've had them ship to me with no designation which is which

    My last order from them had the bags labelled

    #12 59 days ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    My last order from them had the bags labelled

    Good. I just have 2 bags with balls and have to guess.

    #13 59 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Be sure to remember the amount of which you ordered. Unless Ball Baron has changed things I've had them ship to me with no designation which is which

    Same thing happened to me a while back. Sucks. Still recommend Ball Baron, though.

    #14 59 days ago
    Quoted from Hayfarmer:

    I've been buying bc precision off amazon. Shiny, not bad price in 25 pack. Change em out yearly, they still look great

    I had bad luck with that company. Many of them came pitted. Many bad reviews on them as well.

    #15 59 days ago

    Well, there's carbon steel balls and chrome balls. Carbon steel less shiny, but also don't get easily magnetized like the chrome do. It's all I buy. And you can buy them cheaper on ebay from ball bearing sellers.

    #16 59 days ago

    I know of some people who put the new ball in a tumbler and polish up that way.

    #17 58 days ago

    Crap. I ordered ninjas for my AC⚡️DC and regular chrome for BKSOR thinking that those wouldn’t have the magnet issues (since it’s the Ninja page that specifically says they have magnet issues). Now it sounds like all of the chrome balls will have issues and I should have gotten carbon steel for BKSOR?

    #19 58 days ago
    Quoted from ezatnova:

    Crap. I ordered ninjas for my AC⚡️DC and regular chrome for BKSOR thinking that those wouldn’t have the magnet issues (since it’s the Ninja page that specifically says they have magnet issues). Now it sounds like all of the chrome balls will have issues and I should have gotten carbon steel for BKSOR?

    Hopefully it wont happen too fast with just the one outlane magnet. It's not like Metallica Premium with 3 magnets. See how it goes.

    #20 58 days ago
    Quoted from ezatnova:

    Crap. I ordered ninjas for my AC⚡️DC and regular chrome for BKSOR thinking that those wouldn’t have the magnet issues (since it’s the Ninja page that specifically says they have magnet issues). Now it sounds like all of the chrome balls will have issues and I should have gotten carbon steel for BKSOR?

    Chrome balls are more prone to magnetize but doesn't mean they instantly will. In time probably. I think all steel balls can magnetize if exposed to magnets for long enough time.

    #21 58 days ago

    They can be demagnetised with heat, a degaussing coil, or a few hard hits with a hammer.

    Easiest to just replace them. If you have a heat gun around it might be worth a shot. I removed a hard drive magnet from its mount using a heat gun once and was very disappointed that a lot of the magnet strength was gone.

    Obviously hitting them with a hammer will cause other problems. Would make a good experiment for an enterprising YouTuber.

    #22 56 days ago
    Quoted from Tomass:

    I had bad luck with that company. Many of them came pitted. Many bad reviews on them as well.

    I've ordered 4 times, never an issue. Prob 75 to 100 balls. Tried the ball baron on met pro, magnetized very quickly. I order only from amazon prime, so easy return if prob

    #23 56 days ago

    I noticed this problem tonight playing Gorgar. I bought new not so shiny ballls,not sure of manufacture but dont magnetize as well as my old one?

    #24 56 days ago
    Quoted from Hayfarmer:

    I've ordered 4 times, never an issue. Prob 75 to 100 balls. Tried the ball baron on met pro, magnetized very quickly. I order only from amazon prime, so easy return if prob

    Maybe it is a recent thing. Almost every one had pitting, some worse than others. I see other reviews similar to mine, so maybe they had a bad batch?

    #25 55 days ago

    Thats y I ok only order from prime. No worries on return ir shipping. Hope they are good again

    #26 55 days ago
    Quoted from Tomass:

    I had bad luck with that company. Many of them came pitted. Many bad reviews on them as well.

    Me too, as if the balls were sitting under a leaking pipe and got all rusted and then shipped them to me from the warehouse. Returned them within 15 minutes of getting them.

    #27 55 days ago

    I ordered from ball baron once, so far so good.

    #28 55 days ago

    I have a lot of issues with balls tht are eccentric. Have to order 25 to get maybe 2-3 sets of 3 balls that are true.

    #29 55 days ago

    Also ordered 12 ninja balls from ball baron. They are flawless and a great improvement to the stock Stern balls on my two games.

    #30 55 days ago
    Quoted from guitarded:

    I have a lot of issues with balls tht are eccentric. Have to order 25 to get maybe 2-3 sets of 3 balls that are true.

    How are you testing them? It’s bizarre that you’ve had multiple issues. Generally a defect like that would get caught at the factory.

    #31 55 days ago
    Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

    How are you testing them?

    Pan on a flat surface. Then I play the ones that aren't obviously eccentric and pull the unbalanced ones as they show themselves.

    It's annoying as hell, but a ton of the balls I buy just are not good. Some are like eggs and never even see a machine.

    #32 55 days ago
    Quoted from Oneangrymo:

    Me too, as if the balls were sitting under a leaking pipe and got all rusted and then shipped them to me from the warehouse. Returned them within 15 minutes of getting them.

    Just recvd a 25 and 5 pack from bc precision. looked at every one with glasses on and a magnifying glass. Couldn't be happier. No defects

    #33 55 days ago

    As little as the magna save is used on the BKSOR, I would not worry at all about which kind of balls go in there.

    #34 55 days ago
    Quoted from guitarded:

    but a ton of the balls I buy just are not good. Some are like eggs

    Post a video of the next egg shaped pinball you get.

    Are you thinking 10%, or even higher?

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