My NIB is arriving in a few days, and I have no idea what to expect

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My NIB is arriving in a few days, and I have no idea what to expect


By sbskins

7 days ago



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#1 7 days ago

Total Pinball newbie here, and some time ago I unexpectedly won a NIB Stern Pro. As I have only had extremely limited interactions with Pinball Machines, those mostly being occasionally traveling to the local arcade, I have NO idea what to expect now that I am about to have one in my basement.

I know that most pinball owners here do their research before deciding to purchase a new (or used) pinball machine, and have had some experience with Pinball Machines in their past due to experience owning one or more games. For some context, I am an Undergraduate College student, and this is my first Pinball Machine, so I unfortunately don't have that past experience/knowledge.

I decided to make this post to ask the seasoned pinheads to share any tips, no matter how small or large, what to expect owning one of these machines. I don't know little things like what goes into maintaining and caring for a machine, how to clean it, how to diagnose an issue, room temperature (if that even matters), and everything else I'm not even thinking of. I'm very excited to own my very own Pinball Machine, but quite nervous at the same time. I appreciate any help that anyone here has to offer!

Oh, and the game I chose was Iron Maiden Pro.

EDIT:
It appears that I cannot reply to my own post as it is a Hot Topic, and I am not verified. No idea what that means so I'll post it here instead:

Thank you all for your kind words and advice! I will certainly update this with pictures once the game arrives! To answer pinballlew 's question, I won this game in a raffle. pinball_freak I bought some Marco pinballs about a week ago, a friend told me not to use the regular Stern provided pinballs so I've done this already. pindoc1 and others, thank you for the advice about cleaning the machine, this is what I was most worried about so those answers are very helpful!

#2 7 days ago

And the addiction begins!
Congrats on the pin.

#3 7 days ago

Congrats! That's awesome! You should be able to find some unboxing videos and maybe even a few new pin friends in Fairfax that might be willing to help you out. Get some novus 1, 2, lint free rags from Marco's and some blitz wax from amazon. Welcome to the club!

#4 7 days ago

Understand that you’ve “won” something more valuable than a nice used car! Congrats on that alone! And the choice- perfect! A NIB! Just a dream for me! Way cool!

#5 7 days ago

Congrats on the win! As others have stated, search youtube for pinball unboxing so you know the proper ways to unpack it and minimize the chance of damage. Never be afraid to ask questions!

Be sure to post pics when you get it! We love a good unboxing.

#6 7 days ago

Make sure you level the machine before playing it. You can use an app on your phone if need be.

#7 7 days ago

Expect a lot of trash to throw away

#8 7 days ago

You chose a good machine to start out with. The Iron Maiden Pro shouldn't require a whole lot of tweaking out of the box. Biggest problem you may encounter is the auto-plunger not shooting the ball around the fireball loop. May need some adjusting.

Get a few new soft cloths for waxing and cleaning. I personally use playfield cleaner from http://pinhedz.com and use Blitz wax to keep it protected.

You probably only will need to clean it every 3 to 6 months with minimal use. If it gets played hard for a weekend or so it may need cleaned sooner than later.

You can also have pinside send you periodical reminders to change the pins batteries.

#9 7 days ago

That's awesome. A great choice on the pin by the way. The great thing is you can play it for a year and if you decide pinball ownership is not for you still sell it for a very good price (pins tend to maintain at least 80% of their value for a long time).

#10 7 days ago

Great choice. Don’t be afraid of your pinball, they were meant to withstand treatment in a commercial environment. Get the play field lifted up and secure at least once. Get familiar with the test menu and run some basic switch tests when the game is in normal position. For fun maybe take the back glass off and look at boards so you are more familiar with the game.

Ball smacks the glass a few times when you play, don’t worry about it. It happens.

Also as above make sure your game is perfectly level left and right and you have the proper pitch. Very important.

#11 7 days ago

You should expect a few loose screws,bulbs and a switch that doesn’t register.

#12 7 days ago

Warn your neighbors and invite them over!!
Congrats and enjoy!

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#13 7 days ago
Quoted from sbskins:

the game I chose was Iron Maiden Pro.

Expect loads of fun!

#14 7 days ago

Get friends to help move and set up. Games are heavy. Take the box off the pallet. Use a heavy duty hand truck to move the box to the area you are going to set it up in and then open the box. Let it come up to room temperature if it was out in the cold before opening.

No need to wax modern playfields. Just clean periodically with Novus.

The balls will come in a bag coated in oil to protect them. Clean the balls with a rag or paper towel and windex before putting in the game.

Do NOT use windex or other water based cleaners on the Playfield. The wood will buckle up.

A foaming ammonia free glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth is best for cleaning the glass, Windex is ok on the glass as long as it does not have an anti reflective coating. A pro model will not have that coating. Ammonia breaks down the anti reflective coating on those expensive pieces of glass.

Good luck and congratulations!

#15 7 days ago
Quoted from sbskins:

Total Pinball newbie here, and some time ago I unexpectedly won a NIB Stern Pro. As I have only had extremely limited interactions with Pinball Machines, those mostly being occasionally traveling to the local arcade, I have NO idea what to expect now that I am about to have one in my basement.
I know that most pinball owners here do their research before deciding to purchase a new (or used) pinball machine, and have had some experience with Pinball Machines in their past due to experience owning one or more games. For some context, I am an Undergraduate College student, and this is my first Pinball Machine, so I unfortunately don't have that past experience/knowledge.
I decided to make this post to ask the seasoned pinheads to share any tips, no matter how small or large, what to expect owning one of these machines. I don't know little things like what goes into maintaining and caring for a machine, how to clean it, how to diagnose an issue, room temperature (if that even matters), and everything else I'm not even thinking of. I'm very excited to own my very own Pinball Machine, but quite nervous at the same time. I appreciate any help that anyone here has to offer!
Oh, and the game I chose was Iron Maiden Pro.

Nobody asked so I will, How did you win the game? Congratulations. Youtube has unboxing videos. Enjoy!

#16 7 days ago

Buy some premium balls to replace Stern balls. When cleaning pin clean the balls as well, check for any pitting on balls if bad replace ball(s).
Refer to Pinside if your not sure of anything but most issues with NIB are usually easy fixes eg loose connections or switch adjustments.
Enjoy it! Love that NIB smell.

#17 7 days ago

Lucky you. Expect to have a lot of fun and to want another one at some point.

#19 7 days ago

Disappointment... J/K - congrats - first NIB is an awesome experience.

#20 7 days ago

I'd recommend pulling the translite before you power up. Make sure all connectors are properly plugged in and seated.

#21 7 days ago

Buy a shaker motor
Easy to install and adds awesomeness.

#22 7 days ago
Quoted from TKDalumni:

Expect a lot of trash to throw away

Unless you're a kook like some of us and find the need to keep all of the original packaging materials. My wife loves that I do that.

#23 7 days ago

Congrats!! I also won a Stern pro in a raffle and I picked Star Wars and paid the extra to get into the premium.

Expect to have a lot of fun calling your friends and family over for them to enjoy it as well.

#24 7 days ago

Enjoy the smell... its better than a new car

#25 7 days ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

Congrats!! I also won a Stern pro in a raffle and I picked Star Wars and paid the extra to get into the premium.
Expect to have a lot of fun calling your friends and family over for them to enjoy it as well.

But what he isn’t telling you is that he never plays his games. He invites others over so they can play them. Thats fine by me though. You are a good guy Brian.

#26 7 days ago

Congrats on winning a pin! That doesn't happen very often. Like other said, plenty of videos about setting a game up. Nothing hard. Important thing is to make sure the backbox is locked upright so it will not crash down. I'm afraid to say I have had a few close calls. You want to adjust the legs to get it level and the default pitch. You should have keys that will get you in the coin door. Buttons inside the coin door will control volume and get into the service menu. There you can put the game on free play and change any settings of the game. For example, you can make the game easier by making 5 ball games instead of the standard 3. Inside the coin door should be keys to get into the backbox. You will need to access it to update the code if game is not running the latest.

#27 5 days ago

As a first time stern pin owner with just one machine for now, when do you start to need to think about maintenance and what does that entail? Thanks in advance for your guidance.

#28 5 days ago

Something else you can expect: Having to decide what your second game will be, what your third game will be, how you're going to find room for your fourth game.........

#29 5 days ago

I live in McLean, VA and got my first NIB pin (Iron Maiden Premium) in late December. I have learned a lot and would be happy to help you out. Send me a PM. I bought a digital level, vacuum attachments, blitz wax, and just about everything else I could need in anticipation of it coming and I could help you set it up.

#30 5 days ago

A lot of new friends !

LTG : )

#31 5 days ago

Respect from your father in-law

#32 5 days ago

Play it until you get bored and then sell it to pay down your student loans. For the moment, they hold their value better than just about sny other purchase.

#33 5 days ago

Expect some adjusting for sure but don't let it get you down. I think every NIB I've owned needed adjustments... it happens and you will grow your own opinion of that. You'll be stoked! Have fun

#34 5 days ago
Quoted from LargemouthAss:

I live in McLean, VA

I’m also in McLean. Let me know if we need to have a party soon. I don’t have Iron Maiden but I have Iron Man (close in abbreviations at least).

—Kevin

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#35 4 days ago

It has arrived! Will inbox it later tonight once I have have more people to help me get it downstairs, largemouthass will be helping me so expect more pictures to come!

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#36 4 days ago

Dimples, dimples everywhere

#37 4 days ago

"A world under glass"

#38 4 days ago

If its anything like the premium my buddy got friday, expect the playfield to be rippled like all get out. I've seen a few sterns where you get ripples in the clear, but this one is awful. Just standing in front of it looks like someone ran a cheese grater over it.

#39 4 days ago
Quoted from dung:

If its anything like the premium my buddy got friday, expect the playfield to be rippled like all get out. I've seen a few sterns where you get ripples in the clear, but this one is awful. Just standing in front of it looks like someone ran a cheese grater over it.

It will even out after hundreds of plays. lol

#40 4 days ago
Quoted from zr11990:

It will even out after hundreds of plays. lol

His Met pro (nib last year) has the ripple if viewed from an angle, but even then not that noticeable. His HUO SW LE has none. None have evened out, although it looks like someone pressed it with pins as opposed to the larger dimpling im used to.

#41 4 days ago

How do you know it will be dimpled? Just from looking at the box? dung

#42 4 days ago
Quoted from sbskins:

How do you know it will be dimpled? Just from looking at the box?

It's a pinball machine. Unless you never play it. You'll get dimples.

LTG : )

#43 2 days ago

All set up! Huge thanks to largemouthass for taking the time out of his day to helping me bring the game downstairs, set it up properly, and waxing it!

A few issues out of the box, nothing major though;
Naturally the auto plunge didn't work perfectly out of the box, I got it down to about 85% success rate at a pitch of 205.

Also, the right outlane post rubber was blocking the ball from properly draining out the right outlane, the ball didn't have enough room to drain. Very strange, but we managed to fix the problem by unscrewing that post, and screwing it back in while applying pressure to the post in the opposite direction, the ball drains just fine now.

A few slight dings on the backbox and chipped wood here and there on the machine, but nothing that can't easily be fixed.

Here are a few pictures from the unboxing, thanks again to everyone who provided their insight in this thread, and thanks to anyone who will offer their knowledge in the future as well!

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#44 2 days ago

Awesome congrats !!

#45 2 days ago

My first reaction when reading your post title was to expect people to email you offering to do you a favour and buying the game from you... curious to know if you got any such offers.

#46 2 days ago
Quoted from sbskins:

Also, the right outlane post rubber was blocking the ball from properly draining out the right outlane, the ball didn't have enough room to drain. Very strange, but we managed to fix the problem by unscrewing that post, and screwing it back in while applying pressure to the post in the opposite direction, the ball drains just fine now.

I wish mine were setup this way. How good I could be if the ball couldn't hit the outlane.

Congrats on being thrust into a great hobby. Most of the people here are very helpful, so use the resource if you have questions. Enjoy your new machine!!

#47 2 days ago

Congrats!!! That's so cool! Take some time to learn the rules and stuff. Teach your friends! Practice! Above all, have fun! (And make room for the next one, and the one after that, etc)

#48 2 days ago

Sometimes when you get a new machine, just looking at it... All the little details, can be more exhilarating than playing.

Congrats and remember this feeling...

#49 2 days ago
Quoted from NY2Colorado:

Sometimes when you get a new machine, just looking at it... All the little details, can be more exhilarating than playing.
Congrats and remember this feeling...

This is very true, I probably spent an hour or two just admiring the engineering that went into this

#50 2 days ago

Chips in the wood???

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