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Disappointed in new Pinballs - who had good ones?

By ezatnova

1 year ago


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    #35 5 months ago

    I decided to continue this thread instead of starting a new one.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve always used BC Precision, and I can vouch for their past quality. But I just got an order of 100 chrome steel balls from them that absolutely suck. I sent them a polite email asking if they might have sent the wrong thing, no response. Here’s a comparison of their Chrome Steel balls (on the left) with Ball Baron ninjas (on the right). I tried polishing them with Flitz and corncob media, and they’re a little better, but still not as shiny as the balls I’m taking OUT of my games after a year of play.

    The ninjas look fantastic, this close-up doesn’t do them justice.

    BTW, I don’t care what a pinball looks like. I DO care about what it’s doing to my playfield. You can rub 2 pinballs together and listen to the sound they make to get a sense of this. Ninjas are pretty quiet, and BC Precision are like “SCRITCH SCRITCH”.

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    #38 5 months ago
    Quoted from Skidave:

    I ordered a dozen balls from Ball Baron and they are great. My 10 year old noticed an improvement in the first machine he played with a new ball. He said 'this game plays faster'. Not that faster is the intention, I just think the other balls had so many imperfections that is was slowing the speed down.

    I just ordered 76 of the Ninjas, to get the price break (I can use 51 of them right away). I’ll be a customer for life if they’re as good as the sample he sent me - and no reason they shouldn’t be.

    #42 5 months ago

    I’ve never had much luck with carbon core balls, they’re usually hazy no matter who I get them from.

    #43 5 months ago

    Just to follow up on this, BC Precision did get back to me with a very nice response - I should have waited longer for them to reply. The email said:

    “Hi John,

    They are chromium but the high luster finish balls are hard to get right now. They are a good grade but that does not always make the ball have a "luster". To answer your question, yes you can certainly send them back for a refund if you like. I e-mailed you a return label.”

    Nice to know that they accept returns. And TBH I’m not sure if I would have even noticed a difference if I hadn’t gotten the Ninja samples. Ninjas are like PDI glass that way.

    Quoted from swampfire:

    I decided to continue this thread instead of starting a new one.
    I’m pretty sure I’ve always used BC Precision, and I can vouch for their past quality. But I just got an order of 100 chrome steel balls from them that absolutely suck. I sent them a polite email asking if they might have sent the wrong thing, no response. Here’s a comparison of their Chrome Steel balls (on the left) with Ball Baron ninjas (on the right). I tried polishing them with Flitz and corncob media, and they’re a little better, but still not as shiny as the balls I’m taking OUT of my games after a year of play.
    The ninjas look fantastic, this close-up doesn’t do them justice.
    BTW, I don’t care what a pinball looks like. I DO care about what it’s doing to my playfield. You can rub 2 pinballs together and listen to the sound they make to get a sense of this. Ninjas are pretty quiet, and BC Precision are like “SCRITCH SCRITCH”.

    #44 5 months ago

    And just to add even more info... the BC precision balls are G25, while the Ball Baron balls are G10 (lower is better). So I think BC Precision is still a good source, but I’ll make sure I’m ordering G10 next time.

    #46 5 months ago
    Quoted from altan:

    Here's info on grades.
    https://www.precisionballs.com/ballgradechart.pdf
    Just found it via google but thought I'd share

    This calls for R&M “true level”:

    #51 5 months ago

    I’m a Ninja convert now. The 2.5” chrome steel ball is awesome for $19, by the way. My power is out, so I’m sitting here sipping beer in the dark and fondling my new orb.

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