Fish Tales - Casters Club!!


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#101 3 years ago

Just installed mine last night and immediately started having intermittent sound issues. now I need to find time to mess with it.

#102 3 years ago
Quoted from rockotaco1:

Lightning just made the game unnecessarily difficult IMO. Pinballs should be about fun and not straight up frustration from so many center drains. Once I switched out those, the game got 10 times more fun.

Different strokes I guess. The game is way too easy with the regular flippers. This is why they added the lightening flippers in the first place. I've had my FT since 1996 and never once though about changing out the lightening flippers.
Glad you're enjoying your game though. Great to see this game get some love.

#103 3 years ago

I agree. If it takes regular flippers to make the game more fun, then do what you need.

I personally enjoy the challenge of lightning flips and would call you a wimp in person for using regulars

#104 3 years ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

Just installed mine last night and immediately started having intermittent sound issues. now I need to find time to mess with it.

You mean the colour DMD? Coincidence I think as mine went sweet. Just don't install the lamp connector, not required.

Reseat your connectors just In case dude.

#105 3 years ago
Quoted from PappyBoyington:

Different strokes I guess. The game is way too easy with the regular flippers. This is why they added the lightening flippers in the first place. I've had my FT since 1996 and never once though about changing out the lightening flippers.
Glad you're enjoying your game though. Great to see this game get some love.

Way too easy? What sort of wizard are you? Though I guess owning the game that long could help...

#106 3 years ago

Quick question- Do the lightning flippers require a different size rubber ring? Or can the standard flipper rings be used?

#107 3 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

I agree. If it takes regular flippers to make the game more fun, then do what you need.
I personally enjoy the challenge of lightning flips and would call you a wimp in person for using regulars

Well pinball over here is a very casual experience. When my wife and other people in my family are all excited about playing the new pinball game and all they get is drain after drain, it kinda sucks. Honestly I'm not used to lightning flippers, they are a new thing for me. I just didn't have nearly as much fun with them on. Pinball is challenging enough as it is.

:p

#108 3 years ago
Quoted from WannaTheater:

Quick question- Do the lightning flippers require a different size rubber ring? Or can the standard flipper rings be used?

I just went through this when ordering yellow Super Bands for my green Lightning Flippers (ordered from Europe). The standard size rings (0.5'' x 1.5") are correct.

#109 3 years ago

Looks like my FT has started to reset after not playing it for months while it sat at my parents house. I'll have to move it over to my house and go through the guide now! I also discovered that I have a rottendog cpu board, didn't really notice that before. My brother and niece were playing and it reset twice on them while I was looking at my Diner. Nuts!

#110 3 years ago

I've read a couple of topics on the forum referring to coin reject inserts for fish tales but they are missing from the postings (file not found). Does anyone have them and can they post them here or send them to me? I'm doing some major work on her and I'd like that to be the finishing touch.

#111 3 years ago

Is it just me or is the JACKPOT sound on Fish Tales too quiet and generally underwhelming?

#112 3 years ago

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It's still a work in progress, but here's some of mine...

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#113 3 years ago
Quoted from ddebuss:

Do you really put that together? If so great job!

I did. Thanks...glad you enjoyed it! I've done similar vids for a few others machines as well.

#114 3 years ago

I traded regular flipper for lightning ones on mine...

#115 3 years ago

Lightning flippers with the game set at 4 balls is the only way I can have fun with it, It's just too brutal at 3 with the small flippers....

#116 3 years ago

PBaller22: That is one of the most professional pieces I've seen on here. I was once in the business producing, filming, editing and doing voice-overs. What you did is one First Class production!!! Camera angles were excellent! Perfect editing. And if that is your voice, you have a MAGNIFICENT broadcaster/speaking voice. That might have been a short video, but I know how much time you put in to make that. My compliments to you.
Mike in Kentucky

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#117 3 years ago

Please review my post on a problem with the reel stopping too late.

Anyone with similar experience?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/motor-break-problem-fish-tales

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#118 3 years ago

I just installed the blue undercab kit on my brothers machine. He is proud to say he owned this machine before I was ever interested in pinball. Great game!

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#119 3 years ago

Back in the club! Tore the game down 7 months ago....just got her back up! Gone fishin', leave a message!

#120 3 years ago
Quoted from MMP:

I bought some neon green star posts but didn't quite like the look of them. I've got the yellow back, but my FT is currently torn down for new cab decals.
Post edited by MMP : I found the 1 picture I took before taking them off.

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Looks like you have the pinbits plastic protectors. What gives? Mine don't fit.

#121 3 years ago

A couple pix. Need to fool with LEDs. This was a genuine HUO game (no fade cab!) That only needed a nice shop. Cleaned up as expected and looks and plays like a new game.
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#122 3 years ago

I'm having a casters club headache...

I'm getting a "bump" nearly every time I cast resulting in a drain down the middle. It looks like my rubber ring is set out a hair too far, and the ball bumps it just enough to result in a constant drain. Any suggestions as to how to fix the issue?

#123 3 years ago

There is a thread around here somewhere...there are two posts close together up there. I think bottom one should be a star post and too one a skinny round post. sometimes people put two star posts and it sticks out too far.

#124 3 years ago
Quoted from BeaglePuss:

I'm having a casters club headache...
I'm getting a "bump" nearly every time I cast resulting in a drain down the middle. It looks like my rubber ring is set out a hair too far, and the ball bumps it just enough to result in a constant drain. Any suggestions as to how to fix the issue?

I used to have a similar problem and modified a couple of things. I had 2 star posts here when I got the game. I also needed to level out the Hurry Up insert, it seems the ball would sometimes catch on it and then divert to the middle during launch.

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#125 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Looks like you have the pinbits plastic protectors. What gives? Mine don't fit.

They are a tight fit, but I've taken them off & on a couple of times now. Congrats on the FT pickup.

Finally got around to a topside shop. I took out the cool white LEDs and put warm into my FT.

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#126 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

A couple pix. Need to fool with LEDs. This was a genuine HUO game (no fade cab!) That only needed a nice shop. Cleaned up as expected and looks and plays like a new game.

Wow! That's a beaut of a machine! Did you sand and shellac the ball trough? If you didn't, then that is probably the nicest FT I've ever seen.

Mike in Kentucky

#127 3 years ago
Quoted from Pintucky:

Wow! That's a beaut of a machine! Did you sand and shellac the ball trough? If you didn't, then that is probably the nicest FT I've ever seen.
Mike in Kentucky

I did nothing to that shooter lane except rub it down with Naptha, then Novus and then wax. It's not perfect, but it's documented HUO and a real beaut.

Quoted from BeaglePuss:

I'm having a casters club headache...
I'm getting a "bump" nearly every time I cast resulting in a drain down the middle. It looks like my rubber ring is set out a hair too far, and the ball bumps it just enough to result in a constant drain. Any suggestions as to how to fix the issue?

In my shop job I switched to the new translucent rubbers...and the are too fat in this very place and often - not always - result in either a drain or even a dramatic Mis-direction to the right flipper. Not sure what to do except swap out the translucent rubber for white rubber.

Actually I wonder. Dies anyone know if the thin yellow posts are more narrow than the metal versions? I'm using a thin metal post above the star post, but I had a yellow one there before.

#128 3 years ago

Arghh! A lot of the upper GI and pop bumper lights just went out. Hopefully just a short and nothing blown. Anyone know what fuses - and transistors - affect the pop bumper GI (and upper lane dividers, etc.)?

#129 3 years ago

Blown fuse I bet. had this happen before. Check the 5 fuses on your power board. Bottom left corner. May not be visable, but I bet one is blown.

#130 3 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

Blown fuse I bet. had this happen before. Check the 5 fuses on your power board. Bottom left corner. May not be visable, but I bet one is blown.

Will check. Needs to wait until Wed. But will update once known. Thanks!

#131 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Arghh! A lot of the upper GI and pop bumper lights just went out. Hopefully just a short and nothing blown. Anyone know what fuses - and transistors - affect the pop bumper GI (and upper lane dividers, etc.)?

Yes, just a fuse. I found a hex screw in the bottom of the playfield under the pops, so I wonder if that caused a short which blew the fuse. All playfield lighting working fine.

Two new questions:

1) A couple flashers were out in my backbox. When I tried to replace them, the new flashers got REALLY bright (one of them blew). Didn't replace any. Obviously some higher juice coming through those sockets than needed. What to do?

2) Also, the little Wireform in the ball feed trough - the wire the helps ensure balls can't roll backwards down the trough - broke. Probably got weakened in the tumbler. Machine works fine without it, but where can I find a replacement?

Thanks casters!

#132 3 years ago
Quoted from BeaglePuss:

I'm having a casters club headache...
I'm getting a "bump" nearly every time I cast resulting in a drain down the middle. It looks like my rubber ring is set out a hair too far, and the ball bumps it just enough to result in a constant drain. Any suggestions as to how to fix the issue?

I figured this out. The ring around these two posts (together) is only a 7/16", which Ill bet is probably half as small as the one you put on there. I think I had on an inch sized, and then tried a 3/4" size, but that's too big. I checked the manual, and sure enough, it's a smaller ring there!

#133 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Yes, just a fuse. I found a hex screw in the bottom of the playfield under the pops, so I wonder if that caused a short which blew the fuse. All playfield lighting working fine.

Two new questions:

1) A couple flashers were out in my backbox. When I tried to replace them, the new flashers got REALLY bright (one of them blew). Didn't replace any. Obviously some higher juice coming through those sockets than needed. What to do?

2) Also, the little Wireform in the ball feed trough - the wire the helps ensure balls can't roll backwards down the trough - broke. Probably got weakened in the tumbler. Machine works fine without it, but where can I find a replacement?

Thanks casters!

1. Glad I was able to help. The screw prob shorted it out. In my case both ends of the socket touched and poof.
2. Make sure the light you are putting in is a flasher, otherwise they will overload and blow.

#134 3 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

1. Glad I was able to help. The screw prob shorted it out. In my case both ends of the socket touched and poof.
2. Make sure the light you are putting in is a flasher, otherwise they will overload and blow.

Well, I used 906s...are they not Flashers?

#135 3 years ago

Led pop bumper caps look good on that Fishtales..

I've got a Fishtales topper for sale if anyone needs one.. $500 obo

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#136 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Well, I used 906s...are they not Flashers?

Yeah you are fine, sounds like too much voltage is hitting them. Someone with better experience could help solve that. But if you put a LED flasher I bet it would be able to handle the extra voltage. Call it a hack not a fix.

**** Pinside server lag*** double post.

#136 3 years ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Well, I used 906s...are they not Flashers?

Yeah you are fine, sounds like too much voltage is hitting them. Someone with better experience could help solve that. But if you put a LED flasher I bet it would be able to handle the extra voltage. Call it a hack not a fix.

#137 3 years ago

Add me to the list.

I've had my FT for about 4 years now....Love it!!!

Just need to talk myself into installing my new cabinet decals.

#138 3 years ago
Quoted from Choggard:

Led pop bumper caps look good on that Fishtales..

Thanks!

#139 3 years ago

I suppose this is as good a place as any to ask this:

I'm looking at 2 different FT for my first pin. The first is $1800: http://s784.photobucket.com/user/pinwizard1/library/Fish%20Tales?sort=3&page=1
with a bad DMD and playfield wear.

The second is in better shape (im working on getting more pictures) for $2400
toledo.craigslist.org link

As a total novice, both of these seem like fair prices. Am I wrong?

#140 3 years ago
Quoted from initfo:

I suppose this is as good a place as any to ask this:
I'm looking at 2 different FT for my first pin. The first is $1800: http://s784.photobucket.com/user/pinwizard1/library/Fish%20Tales?sort=3&page=1
with a bad DMD and playfield wear.
The second is in better shape (im working on getting more pictures) for $2400
toledo.craigslist.org link
As a total novice, both of these seem like fair prices. Am I wrong?

They both are about the same shape and both are overpriced. "Minimum fade" my a$$!

#141 3 years ago

They are faded to be sure, but I have seen FT sell for $2200-$2500 in the past few weeks.

#142 3 years ago
Quoted from gutz:

They both are about the same shape and both are overpriced. "Minimum fade" my a$$!

You dont play the cabinet I have cared less about cabinets the deeper I get into the hobby. I may have some ball drop decals yet if you end up with a FT with worn out lanes.

#143 3 years ago
Quoted from gutz:

They both are about the same shape and both are overpriced.

I started looking for one in January. Took me 6-8 weeks to find one in the low $2k range. More than one sold instantly here on pinside in the $2200-$2500 range.

#144 3 years ago
Quoted from initfo:

I suppose this is as good a place as any to ask this:
I'm looking at 2 different FT for my first pin. The first is $1800: http://s784.photobucket.com/user/pinwizard1/library/Fish%20Tales?sort=3&page=1
with a bad DMD and playfield wear.
The second is in better shape (im working on getting more pictures) for $2400
toledo.craigslist.org link
As a total novice, both of these seem like fair prices. Am I wrong?

If the 2nd one doesn't have a decal in the stringer area, I'd say thats a pretty good deal. The first one isn't a bad either, especially if you are planning on putting in a color dmd and the cabinet fade doesn't bother you.

Get some pics inside the cabinet and of the boards. This game has a lot of backbox lights and the connector is burned up a lot

#145 3 years ago

I snagged mine along w/ a Tee'd Off for $1300.

Of course, that was 3 years ago.

Sold the Tee'd Off 2 weeks later for $950

Still have the FT...it's going no-where.

#146 3 years ago

I got mine by accident. A guy I work with recently bought a house and the owner had a FT in his game room he wanted to sell. I had never played FT before and it wasn't even on my radar when I heard about it. The game had a ton of issues, but it had clean boards and no cabinet fade. The price was too good to pass on even if I didn't like it. So I picked it up and I'm really glad I did. I probably would've never known how much fun this pin is. I love pins that are simple and extremely difficult at the same time. It's definitely one of my favorites

#147 3 years ago
Quoted from Jean-Luc-Picard:

Yeah you are fine, sounds like too much voltage is hitting them. Someone with better experience could help solve that. But if you put a LED flasher I bet it would be able to handle the extra voltage. Call it a hack not a fix.

First one I tried was a flexi flasher and it blew. Ask Lloyd here I come.

But my game is playing sooooo sweet and FAST. A teardown shop job on this with a good wax and polish - with lightening flippers- and it really fights you.

#148 3 years ago
Quoted from initfo:

I suppose this is as good a place as any to ask this:
I'm looking at 2 different FT for my first pin. The first is $1800: http://s784.photobucket.com/user/pinwizard1/library/Fish%20Tales?sort=3&page=1
with a bad DMD and playfield wear.
The second is in better shape (im working on getting more pictures) for $2400
toledo.craigslist.org link
As a total novice, both of these seem like fair prices. Am I wrong?

Door number 2 for 2400 buy it play it love it plus it's got some sweet LEDs.price is great way less faded too

#149 3 years ago

How I solve the faded cabinet issue is I buy (2) more pins to put on both sides to cover it. Most cost effect way possible. Way cheaper than new decals. lol j/k

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