I've now owned my MBr-SE for a few days and have a few questions/issues/comments. Hopefully some of you other owners can provide some suggestions...
1 ) The Frankenstein switch (on his back) seems to not activate on most hits during multiball. I have tried adjusting the switch a bit, but it hasn't seemed to make much difference. There are times I can bash his feet so hard that the ball goes flying all over the place, but the switch doesn't register. The switch does activate occasionally, but not often. The fact that the switch is on his back (rather than by his feet) seems to be a poor design choice - almost as if you need to hit him with an airball to the chest for the switch to work. Is this normal?
2 ) The plastic cover on the right side Bride ramp seems to cause both stuck balls and rejected ramp shots. It appears that since the cover is only attached at the front end, the back part acts like sort of a rubber band and tends to boomerang the ball back down the ramp. Occasionally, it will trap the ball along the right side ramp edge. I have tried reducing the flipper strength (to -4), and that has helped a little, but not much.
3 ) I also get an occasional stuck ball on the left side Bride ramp. It seems that there is a "sweet" spot that the ball can stop in right at the transition from the solid metal ramp to the wire ramp. There is a little concave place where if the ball stops just right on a very weak ramp shot (usually from just bouncing into the ramp), it can't roll back down. Is this just a design flaw, or is there some sort of adjustment that can be made? For reference, I have the machine set at the recommended 6.5 degrees. Will increasing the pitch make any difference for this?
4 ) Dracula's "Bruno Malis" are annoying. Not only do they often cause drains coming down the right side Wolfman lane, but they also tend to block shots going up that lane. I assume that there is no adjustment to make Dracula sit further back into his coffin? I know that some people have clipped his feet - is that the standard fix?
5 ) How do you bypass the "high power disabled" feature when the coin door is opened? I've tried pulling the switch out, but that doesn't seem to work. The manual does not describe this anywhere (and my Whitewater does not have the power lockout feature), so I don't know how this is supposed to function.
6 ) The Phantom Flip seems to be awful. I reset the historic data on it when I setup the machine, but I have now played many games over the past few days and it does not seem to be getting any better. The only thing it ever hits is the Phantom targets (which are often drain shots). It's gotten to the point that I tend to go out of my way to avoid triggering it on the in-lanes. I'm temped to disable it in the settings, but that just feels wrong - and having the Phantom Flip just hit targets that activate more Phantom Flips seems stupid.
7 ) I mentioned this before (and got no response), but is there some mod/trick to preventing light bleed on the various instrument insert lights? When one of the instruments is lit, enough light bleeds into the ones on either side that they appear to be active as well. This happens to a lesser extent on some of the other playfield inserts also, but the instruments are the worst in this regard. Maybe some sort of plastic guard protruding below the insert or something could be 3D printed?
8 ) Speaking of mods, I installed the Lermods spotlight covers mod to try to brighten up the playfield a bit. However, even on their lowest brightness setting, it floods the playfield so much that you can't tell which Monsters are lit anymore. Also, since the spotlights are always on, it really sort of messes up a bunch of the special lighting effects for the various modes. For now, I have simply disconnected them, but I will probably just remove them completely soon. They are quite well made, and look fine, but they are just too overpowering. On the other hand, the Lermods Plasma disk works (and looks) great.
Overall, though, the machine is a lot of fun, and I am quite pleased with my purchase. I just want to get it as good as it can be, so any suggestions/comments would be appreciated. Thanks.