Quoted from meSz:
Ice is it really that buyers are fickle, in this case? Not criticizing you by any means as I am one that is .... to each their own! BUT, it gets me that people downplay the pooling and chipping of playfields. People are spending 6-12500k on these machines and, like a lot of hobbyist, they're putting them in their collection. In that collection they have machines from all eras. What gets me is .... a Stern or JJP machine that isn't even a few years old has pooling and chipping issues and it's sitting in the same room as a machine I have that's from the 60's that has a excellent playfield. So how is it, with all the modern technology, that playfield quality isn't getting better but getting worse?
Another thing that makes me shake my head is everyone blames JJP! This is not a JJP issue it's a Mirco issue. Mirco comes on Pinside all the time selling his products and responds to questions but refuses to address the poor quality product that he has put out. This is JJP 6th machine and, what, 4 out of the 6 have had pf issues ....all supplied by Mirco.
Just another point of view!
I hear you. Good points. One of the differences between now and the 60's are all the ramps and speed of pinball today. I've also heard Vid swear that any pf from any era gets hammered down and evened out over time.
I don't know what the answer is? I've bought a ton of Stern games over the past decade. And i've had varying degrees of success with the overall PF quality.
Recently, JPLE, EHOHLE and STHLE pf's have held up great. My Munsters LE has some pooling. My GBLE has two very minor ghosted inserts. Maybe my ASLE is the best one?
The only time i ever even think about it is when it gets brought up on here.
Mirco? Maybe he's to blame for the inconsistency? If he's making the pf's i assume he has to be at fault.
So for me, after buying pins for so many years now i just don't care that much. Within reason. I wouldn't want to see "major chipping" on any game, for anybody for that matter.
Overall however, my experience has far exceeded expectations and that's just the way i look at it.