Well, the ten cent version of the story is as follows:
I drove 6 hours to pick up the pin with my brother. As stated its my first pin. New to the hobby, but I did a lot of research, watched videos, and was browsing online for many months for what pin to buy. With all that being said I still knew nothing, and I slightly overpaid to boot. Especially since his pin was listed on both ebay and pinside and was cheaper on pinside, but i foolishly and accidentally paid the higher ebay cost. Oh, well. They have buyer protections, and more fees. So not really a big deal. Just a minor grump.
While testing the machine(and this was a machine I knew the rules really well on) I had only one more shot to go on the captive ball shot to get an extra ball. Well I hit a different shot which was nowhere near the captive ball, and then I hear and see the EXTRA BALL animation. I commented about that being strange and not hitting the shot. But, perhaps there was another way for that shot to register.
Turns out chip on the mpu board was already showing tell tale signs of not being able to work properly. An then over the next few(and I mean few) months of my ownership, it got worse and worse with the chip misreading and firing random switches and not the ones I actually triggered, until finally the whole thing just stopped working.
If I would have done my research I would have known breakshot's and capcoms are rare machines. I did know the rare part, but I still thought, hey its technology, can't be hard to fix, because someone somewhere should be able to fix it. Turns out these chips for the MPU board are very rare, and very costly. So that puts a damper on me wanting to even get it fixed. Even though I love the game...
Not a horribly interesting story. But, I did catch that fault. But, I wasn't smart enough to realize what had happened. A learning experience, but a costly one.
The seller was a nice guy, and I don't think he knew what was going on. No ill will or malice to him. And today I still wish him the best. He even was the one who verified me for pinside.