Hobbit setup, tweaks and adjustments


By pinballinreno

1 year ago


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#23 1 year ago

I think they are getting them ASAP - they know they are needed. I would expect them to be available to the current owners and going on assemblies at JJP any time now.

1 month later
#74 1 year ago
Quoted from yonizzell:

Is everyone here happy with their Hobbit? I have one coming in a few weeks and to be honest I've been waiting so long I'm no longer that excited to be getting it. Someone please get me pumped up about this machine again!

The more I play it the more I like it...

2 weeks later
#99 1 year ago

By the way...the beast insert don't completely stop the stuck ball issue - just helps reduce it.

#102 1 year ago
Quoted from Troz:

IndeedHave had traps on all 4 even with the inserts. They do however pop out with a ball search, but when you're in multiball there's no ball search...

Yeap...if you are in a multi ball you are screwed....and if you are in a mode you will likely run out of time.

Not sure if there is a way to resolve it completely - just part of deal with pop ups I guess. I don't have a MM - but does this happen on MM?

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#206 1 year ago

I have been doing great with the hobbit over the last 5 months (since getting it). However, on 3 occasions during a game some of the lights will 'lock' in - and it appears to be different lights on the playfield. The game keeps playing but the lights don't go back to normal. Even when launching a new ball (or starting a new game). However, if I reboot the machine it is back to normal. This started happening last week and did it twice last night. Any thoughts?

Could it be a grounding wire that has came loose?

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#273 11 months ago
Quoted from Metalzoic:

Similar to mine. When it starts it sounds like a dial up modem playing through crackling feedback then after it starts it has constant crackling static noise from the left speaker. I put in a ticket to JJP support 2 weeks ago and haven't heard anything back yet. Mines been like that since i received it a few months ago. I've traced it back to the left RCA connector on the soundboard thing.
EDIT: Just went and double checked and it doesn't matter what cable I have plugged into the left/white channel directly on the soundboard thing, it puts out a static crackle noise.

Maybe software will fix it in next patch. I would wait for that before too much hardware remediation

#309 11 months ago
Quoted from Metalzoic:

Mine is set at 6.9 and my pops work as expected, although the ball rarely stays in there all that long before coming out. I have had it go in and come out without any action a several of times over 800ish games though

I think JJP set it up so that it would not pop there for a long time.

If you feel it is going to slip out without triggering a few then you know what to do - nudge it good

3 weeks later
#388 11 months ago
Quoted from crwjumper:

So how does one get ahold of an "unofficial" update?

Not sure, but honestly I would wait for the official release

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#454 10 months ago
Quoted from Phbooms:

has anybody changed the LED strip in the backbox that lights the Hobbit above the video screen? Mines a really light colored shade of white compared to the warm color of whites in the game. Id guess its a 12v strip i can just change out right?

I placed a yellow film over the light to 'warm it up' ...

#459 10 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

Fro $10 shipped? Probably better just to get the right color LED strip at that price...

I did the gel sheet instead of replacing the existing lights. In case I (or the next owner) want to use the original lights it can be quickly and easily removed.

#467 10 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I do like the new right wireform, I think I'm going to have to call and get it, then I can crank up my flippers a bit more!
What a difference 3" of wire makes and it doesnt at all kill any views of the area.
I wonder why it was cut out in the first place as far as aesthetics, it doesnt seem to look any different.
Thanks for the pic.

I wish they would not have cut those gaps in the rails on either side - where they have done that I have had the ball come off in those areas.

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#515 9 months ago

I went with transparent rubbers throughout except flippers which I did green. To be honest they are much like the white (on initial look) - but the rubbers tend to 'hold' the color of the surrounding LED colors instead of appearing white.

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#518 9 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I had transparent on my slings but they cracked off really fast in 20 games.
Went back to STC white, seems to be holding up as it should.
Let us know how they are wearing as I also like the look a lot.
Im using Titan silicone bands on my TH and on my WOZ with the exception of the munchkin flipper, I chose a black urethane super band from pinball life, it hits really hard.
I really like the Titan flipper bands they feel like fresh rubber, grab the ball better and dont get as dirty. I also chose green for the TH and red for the WOZ.

will do - they seem to holding up as well as the whites for me. But I like them fresh - so I change them fairly often (every 3 - 4 months)

#521 9 months ago
Quoted from koops:

I was considering getting a replacement of the second (no rider) one and then modifying it to fit.
I then looked at the clearances and found it wouldn't fit below the rail without large changes and which is probably why they were never originally made.
I'm going to look into making one myself similar to the rider one when I get my new work space.

There was one with the feet out in a prototype. That would be a good one to get if possible.

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#530 8 months ago
Quoted from Cheeks:

Back Alley

I have been waiting on some additional hobbit mods from Matt for some time - hope he gets something to add to the game. His WOZ mods were so amazing they put them on the RR

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#545 6 months ago

I added a small amount of tape under the brackets on both sides to raise the PF by a very small amount to allow the shooter rod to shoot smooth again. But is a short term fix - I need to go in and figure out what the real issue is - it may just need to be reattached. I don't see any bend in the shooter rod - but I would probably need to remove it to be certain.

#552 6 months ago
Quoted from vireland:

The hangars on the one I maintained actually sagged over time. I think the metal is too soft for such a heavy playfield. I had to adjust it twice in 6 months to bring the PF up a couple mm and relieve pressure on the back of the start button and/or shooter rod/kicker issues.

I wonder if anyone sells a heavier grade metal for the brackets?

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