Quoted from J85M:
My expectations are not different with GB, if I'm buying something doesn't matter what it is, I expect it to work and do what it's supposed to do within reason, like you said drops don't always drop but with a good clean shot it's always nice if they do, without launching your ball over the outlines of course
My point and I probably didn't make it clear initially, was if the fix is simply a stronger/better spring then why aren't stern using a stronger/better quality spring out the box? For the price of a Stern pin I don't think asking for a more suitable spring is a big ask, especially if it improves the gameplay of a main feature - I love drops/pop up targets mid playfield so I personally would like them to be up and down and involved with a game as much as possible
Drop targets are tricky. If you put a stronger spring on then you risk the target not being able to stay up when reset. The drop mech will wear and get easier to drop over time and the stronger spring will cause the drop to machine gun in reset often.
The way the targets work is there is a shelf that the target rests on. When the ball hits the target, it knocks it back away from the shelf. The spring pulls the target down. If the ball is coming at the target too quickly, then the target will bounce back and then back into the shelf so quickly that the spring didn't pull it down to be below the shelf before it bounced back causing the target to not drop. The flippers in ghost busters are incredibly strong. A good strategy is to back hand the targets not shoot them straight on. Also, the targets are super risky shots. I'd avoid a direct shot regardless or you should expect some fast drains.
For anyone that wants a stronger spring, you dont need to buy anything. Just get some needle nose pliars and take your existing spring, unhook it, stretch it a little, and reattach it in the middle. As the targets break in you can reattach the spring as it is today.