Just purchased my first pin - High Speed. Machine is very clean and I even wonder if it's ever seen time in a bar/arcade. Previous owner said he bought it from a home user who's husband had it. He had died 10 years prior; not sure how much use it saw in those 10 years, but it's been in a home at least 10 years. Person I bought it from had the machine gone over by a professional. Boards look brand new (to me.) But I also see nothing has been done in terms of "upgrades". I've read through the various bullet proofing threads, and feel there's some items I SHOULD do. Do I go full hog or just enjoy the machine for now?
In order of (my) priorities -
- I need balls! Balls I was given look pretty beat up.
- Still has batteries on the board, though at least they're AA lithiums. I removed the batteries first thing and will probably do an NVRAM upgrade. A must.
- No fuses on the bridges; install Inkochnito Bridge board. Another must in my eyes.
- Bottom right (player 4) display is out. Haven't troubleshooted it all yet; seems most folks when they discuss troubleshooting are quickly told to just upgrade to Pinscore.
- Caps on power supply appear original. EVERYTHING appears original. Considering replacing PS with board from PinballPCB. Then I never have to touch the board again (I hope.) Probably overkill until/if the board dies. But the caps need to be replaced (Most say) if I stick with the original PS.
So I'm quickly at close to $400. Plus I want to upgrade my soldering iron and probably get a Hakko or similar so I can start doing the work myself (Once I've played with the Hakko for plenty of hours on a junk board.)
Am I going overkill or. . .? I'd rather spend a little more upfront to minimize issues later, especially if some of those issues cause major problems in other components (Like fuses on the bridges!)