Got my MET Pro in April '14. It is showing a build date of August '13 and does have the snake protector.
Just put in the pinbits dress slings and Sparky air ball protectors, as well as Laseriffic's fuel/fire flipper toppers last night. Looking good. Now I think I have to change the under apron lights from green to something else. Too much green at the flippers now in my opinion. Maybe ice blue or white?
Quoted from epthegeek:
Does anybody know if a 'mantis style' (inside the rim) protector for the mystery hole exists? I'd rather do that than the full collar cliffy style.
Got my mystery protector from Trent last year when I bought the machine. It's the underneath mount that protects the rim. Don't know where he gets them, though.
both pin-protection.com and Marco sell them
I took off the sneeze guard, but have only had one jump off in 300-400 games since. I guess my balls aren't as slippery as some others are. Maybe they just need a good polishing.
Quoted from Redketchup:
I have little probleme with my snake switch, it's doesn't work all the time.... I just notice there is no diode on that switch... Is it normal? Can someone check is snake switch to see if there is a diode
My snake switch was only registering half the time or less and I hate waiting for a ball search to get it to kick out. I replaced the whole switch and it works fine. Probably just needs an adjustment to the metal arm, a little bend one way or the other. I got tired of this after having to adjust it two or three times and just put in a new switch. Works great now. Just have to make sure the plunger on the VUK can clear the edge of the switch when it fires.
Stripped the playfield on Saturday & gave her a good cleaning/polishing. Re-rubbered with Titan translucent silicone rings (awesome!!), installed 4 new balls. Game played superfast...and then...during a multiball...Sparky's right foot broke off at the ankle!!!
Anyone have any suggestions for a product to reattach this? I know regular super glue won't be strong enough with the impacts that his feet get. What can I use that will successfully bond resin back together with enough strength and impact resistance?
Might work. I guess it's more like the front two thirds of his right foot. Maybe I could drill through the back of his heel and put a screw in there. Thanks Hougie. Wanted to explore other options before I screw Sparky, though.
I will definitely remove Sparky completely before attempting any repair. Removed him while cleaning the playfield on Saturday, so I know how easy it is. Think I might try the epoxy route before any pins or screws. A small pin with epoxy does sound like a good idea, though.
Quoted from 85vett:
Marco has Sparky's in stock again. I had thought about picking one up as a spare but just can't justify the $$$ for a part I may never need.
Yeah, $250 to remedy a broken foot is just a bit out of my price range. I'm going to go the epoxy route and see how that holds up. Thanks for the info, though, Vett!
Yeah, it holds it for the super. You then have to bash another ball up there in the graveyard hard enough to knock the ball(s) off the magnet for the Super Jackpot. If you don't hit it hard enough, both balls will stick there until the super jackpot timer expires. Frustrating sometimes when they both get stuck there and you can't shake 'em loose. Can't speak to the hammer issue, since I own a Pro.
My first NIB (first pin of any kind) was Metallica, too. I was at the show 4/5/1986 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago when they opened for Ozzy's Ultimate Sin tour. That was my second rock concert. First was Motley Crue 11/1/1985 at Rosemont Horizon (with Autograph opening for them). Also got to drive Metallica to a show in Columbus, Ohio in 2003. Love Metallica music, love Metallica Pinball!!!
Quoted from damageinc55:
I'm having a problem with the ball ejecting and bouncing back into the trough. I have the metal trough protector on the side of the shooter lane.
The ball bounces back into the trough on top of the next ball, and then two balls eject.
Anyone have experience with this?
I have experience with it in that it's happened to me several times. Don't really know the sure cure, but cleaning the opto sensors and re-seating the opto connectors under the trough seemed to help me.
So, I'm finished adding the Pinnovators PinSub mod to my Metallica Pro (2013 build) and now I have a question about replacing the backbox speakers. I'm looking at the manuals (the pieced-together one from Stern's website AND the one that came with my machine), and I notice a difference in the wiring for the J10 audio connector. In two places (top two in the picture), the manual shows the wiring for J10 one way, and in another two places (bottom two in the picture), a different way, with the channels reversed, as well as polarity reversed. I am confused as to which is correct. And, given that my backbox speakers were wired out of phase at the factory (what the hell?), I am concerned about making an incorrect connection. Anyone have any experience with this. Also, does the PinSub mod add any load to either channel/amp (and which one?), as the SAM board has two amps? Thanks.
Edit: also posted the issue here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-sam-audio-j10-question-for-metallica-pro-2013
That's exactly what happened to my snake switch. It was hissing and kicking out, but not registering. I tried to adjust it, but ended up ruining the switch. Replaced the switch and it worked fine. But yes, simple switch adjustment should fix it.
Mylar around Sparky magnet from day 1. Some people like the new carbon fiber ring, but I would not suggest the metal rings that I have heard bend over time and can lift clearcoat/art on removal. I bought metal rings, but never installed them. I didn't put mylar on the graveyard magnet, and it seems to be fine after two years. I would also suggest Cliffy or Mantis style Mystery scoop protector, and shooter lane protection. Maybe also sling protectors and larger Sparky airball shield. Beyond that is up to you, but I see this as the bare minimum for a NIB Met Pro.
Quoted from mrgregb123:
Main reason for wanting the Premium apron is to have the spotlights in there to better illuminate the flipper area. Has anyone retrofitted the two spotlights into a Pro apron and have any tips?
I just bought a short LED strip from Comet and stuck it in the apron where the balls drain. Lights up the area rather well.
Gryszzz - You just need to get your happy ass out here, play my Pro for a night, and ask me all your dumbass questions while doing it so I may instruct you properly. What the hell? I'll stand over your shoulder and give you pointers as you play, preceding every tip with "just so you know..." Or, you can come to Replay in Pittsburgh next weekend and I can harass you there!
+1 for the PinSub kit. Better, cleaner sound, IMO. Also, I did upgrade my backbox speakers to some $20 good coax ones with the proper impedance. It actually sounds better than the stock backbox speakers, not a HUGE difference, but it helped.
My spots don't pop out any more since I removed the bulb caps from the bulbs. It seems they have a harder time coming loose if they're flat. Hope you choke on a CIU today, Gryszzz. Cheers, brother!
I think they filmed the video like that so nobody can really tell how old they look. Lars is even covering his bald head with a hat. Good song, though. Reminds me of their old stuff. I like it.
Quoted from delt31:
Ha Ha....really though should dip switch 7 be set to the right or left? Can someone confirm?
Yeah, no idea on the dipswitch. Just being silly.
Quoted from delt31:
after weeks of tweaking sound, I think I found the sweet spot. Required a sub AND pinballpro speakers which really helped with the lack of treble. Still doesn't sound as good as my pinsound (why they went mono with a modern pin is CRAZY) but I think it's the best I can do.
I have the Pinnovators PinSub kit for my subwoofer and pioneer coax speakers in the backbox with the resistor removed. Still wish the backbox speakers had more volume, but they're much better than the stock ones.
btw- had a 358M and 348M game last night. Still can't get more than 2 CIUs in a game, but at least got S&D and Blackened on both games.
I replaced the stock backbox speakers with good coax ones and clipped off the resistor. Sounds a bit stronger, but I think the machine really needs an extra small amp on the backbox speakers to make them loud. But, I'm happy with the sound now. I've had an external powered subwoofer on it for a while that really fills it out.
For the sling spotlights, I replaced them with frosted LEDs, but they were still popping out every now and then. I accidentally broke off the globe on one while trying to push it back in. Instead of replacing the globe, I just left it off. After that, I realized the one without the globe never popped out, but the other one with the globe still on would do it occasionally. Once I removed the globe on that, I was fine. No more spots popping out. It's not too bright, and I don't have issues with them any longer. So try a couple flat SMD 555s in the spots, or break the globes off a couple of Comet frosteds like I did.
Quoted from snakesnsparklers:
Anybody have difficulty getting to Blackened mode? For some reason I am finding it very hard, I almost never see it!
I get to it maybe once every ten or twenty games. You really have to hammer those guitar pics over and over. Or, change the settings to require less pick hits to reach Blackened. I left mine factory settings for that, but you can lower the requirements to get there faster. I never really pay attention to how close I am, until I hear that horse whinny. Best to get it during a multiball so you can hit more picks and pick up the band members and fuel lane bonuses.
I used to have the wires for the sub clipped to the cabinet speaker, but then I got this and it was a great thing:
Not a huge investment, but a cleaner signal right from the board.
There's a good looking premium in the marketplace for $5995
And the shaker motor is a must! If you're worried about too much cabinet vibration, put some felt or something between the cabinet and the shaker when you mount it. I put in a few strips of recycled denim that came with my soundproofing insulation. Still shakes very well, but doesn't rattle the cabinet like I've felt in some. You can also adjust the weight on the shaker inside to make it stronger or weaker. There are also adjustments in the menu that control the shaker.
I had the eyeball one on it for about a year, but switched to the skulls after 1000+ games caused the corner to keep coming up. Didn't want to use mylar or cell phone screen protector. Plus, the skulls are so much easier to tell how many balls are locked (and they look more menacing than the eyeballs). Also, I like the ability to make a choice without others telling me what I should have chosen instead of my personal preference. And I like cats...black cats.
Quoted from sohchx:
Question, if I hit the ball to the top into the upper left lane, can I hold the left flipper down like you do to drop that plunger when shooting for the skill shot, and will that plunger then drop allowing the ball to travel completely around the upper arch exiting the upper right lane?
Nope, it only keeps the post down if you do it on the plunge, not during the game.
Quoted from mrgregb123:
Mine had this happen, but it has 2500 plays on it. Same type of break. Though on mine the broken foot stuck to the playfield so I really didn't need to do anything. Most people don't even notice. Shit, I didn't notice when it happened. I just looked one day and "oh, well then...."
Yep. Exact same scenario for me. Foot stuck under and not moving, but broke long ago. Doesn't affect play and not noticeable unless you're looking for it.
Ordered some new pinball playing shoes to wear at the Louisville show in two weeks!
Quoted from j_m_:
sold out on the metallica store site before 5am EST this morning, and sold out on van's web site as well. wtf?!? more of that supreme style offer 100 pairs and that's it?
apparently, I got lucky. the only vans store in michigan to receive them was close to where I live and received one pair of each size today. t-shirts were already mostly sold out except for one S and one M
Yeah, only two sizes of the high-tops left on the Vans website. Guess I was really lucky to get size 13s of the slip-ons. I see they are on the secondary market already for $150 and up. Crooks. Glad you got yours.
Quoted from valgalder:
I've owned Met for a couple years now and still haven't made it to End of the Line Best i've done is like 3 crank it up modes in a game..... some day!
A month away from having this game for 4 years, and I'm in the same boat. Only 3 CIUs in a game. Damn....just one more game....
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