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The Lord of the Rings LOTR Journey begins here members club


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#6601 48 days ago
Quoted from BigMorty:

I just joined the adventure today... FINALLY!!! Have been waiting to find a HUO LoTR LE in perfect shape and finally did! Audits say only 174 plays which seller things is the original count based on where he bought it from the original owner. The lane and Shire areas look brand new. LoTR & Hobbit looks so good together.

Congrats! I will say though that your shooter lane and shire look more like the 1000-1500 play range. I picked one up a few months ago with 370 original plays on it. Looked brand new out of the box. It probably has 700 (long) plays now and it still looks much cleaner that your copy. The shooter lane is still mint. All good. I just hope you didn't pay a 170 play price for it.

#6603 46 days ago
Quoted from Superpops1:

In the Video from your shop featuring these 2 items... you have a really cool side blades. Where can you find those?

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1073-sillyoldelf-mods/00803-lotr-lord-of-the-rings-custom-side-decals

#6604 46 days ago
Quoted from Superpops1:

In the Video from your shop featuring these 2 items... you have a really cool side blades. Where can you find those?

The sillyoldelf blades are the absolute best for LOTR! I love mine.

#6605 45 days ago

Finally got ahold of a not too price inflated Gandalf on Shadowfax. Are there instructions somewhere on how to light up the staff? Or someone I can send the staff to that’d wire it for me?

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#6606 44 days ago

Not my highest score so far, but it is the furthest I've gotten in the game!:
-All modes played including 'there and back again'
-All gifts of the elves collected
-Ring destroyed once
-Fellowship of the ring almost completed, two towers completed and the return of the king almost completed

No Valinor yet.. Gotta practice some more

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#6607 44 days ago

Great scored

#6608 44 days ago
Quoted from Jarbyjibbo:

The sillyoldelf blades are the absolute best for LOTR! I love mine.

They are out of print isnt it? What a shame

#6609 43 days ago

sillyoldelf, any chance you will make more?

#6610 42 days ago
Quoted from BigMorty:

sillyoldelf, any chance you will make more?

This! I PM'd him as well... best I have ever seen.

#6611 40 days ago

Does anyone have Pinstadiums with mirror blades? Currently have pinstadiums and was thinking of adding the mirrors.

#6612 40 days ago

I've got random things firing on my machine and I'm not sure where to start with it. When I shoot up the right ramp it triggers a soul reward from path of the dead, and when I shoot either orbit something fires in the back (I cant tell if its the vuk or the post for POTD). Any ideas?

#6613 39 days ago
Quoted from attyrhodes:

I've got random things firing on my machine and I'm not sure where to start with it. When I shoot up the right ramp it triggers a soul reward from path of the dead, and when I shoot either orbit something fires in the back (I cant tell if its the vuk or the post for POTD). Any ideas?

Go into the switch test and see what's triggering when you throw the ball around. Would seem you have some leafs that need adjustment. There are also times when the post is supposed to come up on an orbit shot, you're not talking about that are you?

#6614 39 days ago
Quoted from Jarbyjibbo:

Go into the switch test and see what's triggering when you throw the ball around. Would seem you have some leafs that need adjustment. There are also times when the post is supposed to come up on an orbit shot, you're not talking about that are you?

Yeah it's not right outline or orthanc mode triggering the post. I'll check the switch test and see what's up

#6615 39 days ago

Right Ramp Enter is adjacent to Mini-PF Upper Left on the switch matrix. Check the diodes and wires on those two for any issues.

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#6616 38 days ago
Quoted from TheShaft:

Does anyone have Pinstadiums with mirror blades? Currently have pinstadiums and was thinking of adding the mirrors.

I do but on my Elvira HOH not on my LOTR, and they do look awesome together.

#6617 38 days ago

How does it even work with mirror-/sideblades and the right ramp?
I mean.. the ball get bashed against it every time the ramp is shot, doesn't that do damage?
Would love to add them though!

#6618 38 days ago

Hi everyone,

I'd like to tune my LOTR a little bit, as I have two issues that I would really like to fix.

These are :
- what is the best way to adjust the Balrog switch? Currently it registers about half of the shots
- The ball very often bounce back on the Aragorn ramp, it has difficulties to perform the U-turn

Thanks for any guidance you can provide

#6619 37 days ago
Quoted from pinballjj:

looks good and nice write up and pictures . I am in a precise mood today.....
OBJECTIVE: "Here is a chart comparing the frequency response of the stock system and the pinwoofer system using the stock LOTR sound files measured with microphone positioned at player position"
SUBJECTIVE : " Sounds amazing"

I guess sound is kind of subjective to a certain degree. The Pinwoofer system is pretty customizable. You can independently control the sub volume and back box volume to balance it to your taste. Likewise you can adjust the bass frequency and treble to suite your taste.

You can pump up the sub and it almost feels like you have a shaker motor. Its a quality system.

The difference in speakers is obvious, but adding in the amplifier and controls is just really nice. It uses Pyle’s in the backbox and a Goldwood sub.

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#6620 37 days ago

Added the sword mod from pinballlife. Pretty happy with the results.

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#6621 37 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

Hi everyone,
I'd like to tune my LOTR a little bit, as I have two issues that I would really like to fix.
These are :
- what is the best way to adjust the Balrog switch? Currently it registers about half of the shots
- The ball very often bounce back on the Aragorn ramp, it has difficulties to perform the U-turn
Thanks for any guidance you can provide

I just recently picked up my first LOTR. Modes were starting during plunge and the Balrog wasn't lighting up due to a faulty switch. I simply bought a new cable that came complete with light socket, new switch, and a plug adapter. Easy swap and now it works great. Replacing a fork switch next and it'll be good as new.

#6622 34 days ago

I've tried searching through the forum with no immediate luck, maybe someone can help me quickly... I'm having issues with the ball bouncing out of the upper right shot by the upper right tower (i grabbed an image to illustrate it). I feel like I read somewhere there was a good mod/fix for that?

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#6623 34 days ago
Quoted from jfaulkner56:

I've tried searching through the forum with no immediate luck, maybe someone can help me quickly... I'm having issues with the ball bouncing out of the upper right shot by the upper right tower (i grabbed an image to illustrate it). I feel like I read somewhere there was a good mod/fix for that?[quoted image]

Drop dead foam
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-lord-of-the-rings-journey-begins-members-club?tq=Foam&tu=

#6624 34 days ago

Thanks DCFAN

Now I see where the question has been asked multiple times . Any idea what the best place to get it now is? Seems to be sold out at the most obvious website

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#6625 34 days ago

Actually, looks like this might do the trick. Now I'll pay $50 shipping for a $0.99 item.

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#6626 34 days ago
Quoted from jfaulkner56:

Actually, looks like this might do the trick. Now I'll pay $50 shipping for a $0.99 item.
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If you don't have any type of foam already laying around and don't need to order anything from anywhere (if you're attempting to use target foam, A: it's not going to work that well and B: that can be purchased from most pinball supply sites), just go to the local hardware store and buy some thicker density foam used to insulate doors/windows etc.. You can buy this by the foot and it'll only cost you like a buck. You can even try different densities and see what you like best for a few dollars.

#6627 32 days ago

Heartbreak today! I set my DTR record time over a year and a half ago (30 seconds) and haven't come close to it since. Today I hit every shot on the first try and then straight up the ramp with power, hands raised in the air...and it didn't knock the first ball through! I would have had a ~15-20 second DTR and likely a record i'd never touch again...instead took me until 57.57 seconds.

Oh well, still my furthest game towards completion - beat Fellowship, beat Two Towers, has 7 gifts, beat TABA and ended up with 220M.

my first pin 2 years ago, and still gives me that rush!

#6628 32 days ago
Quoted from jdroc:

Heartbreak today! I set my DTR record time over a year and a half ago (30 seconds) and haven't come close to it since. Today I hit every shot on the first try and then straight up the ramp with power, hands raised in the air...and it didn't knock the first ball through! I would have had a ~15-20 second DTR and likely a record i'd never touch again...instead took me until 57.57 seconds.
Oh well, still my furthest game towards completion - beat Fellowship, beat Two Towers, has 7 gifts, beat TABA and ended up with 220M.
my first pin 2 years ago, and still gives me that rush!

Oh my, that's when I realized that my skills at playing this game is abysmal... I would definitely like to see a video of you getting to DTR in less than one minute, if I undertsood correctly, I'm assuming you voluntarily do not complete the multiballs ?

#6629 32 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

Oh my, that's when I realized that my skills at playing this game is abysmal... I would definitely like to see a video of you getting to DTR in less than one minute, if I undertsood correctly, I'm assuming you voluntarily do not complete the multiballs ?

He is talking about completing DTR ( 4 shots,put ball in ring and then knock it through) not the amount of time it takes to qualify DTR

#6630 29 days ago

I'm sure this has been discussed over the thousands of posts in here, but what's the best-practice solution ya'll have come up with for the flipper fade on long games? Has someone come up with an easy to DIY solution for this?

#6631 29 days ago
Quoted from mrgregb123:

I'm sure this has been discussed over the thousands of posts in here, but what's the best-practice solution ya'll have come up with for the flipper fade on long games? Has someone come up with an easy to DIY solution for this?

Yes, it has. Get the medium strength coils available here in the marketplace or on Ebay. The search function will take you right to the posts for more specific insight on this or other popular LOTR topics.

#6632 29 days ago
Quoted from Jarbyjibbo:

Yes, it has. Get the medium strength coils available here in the marketplace or on Ebay. The search function will take you right to the posts for more specific insight on this or other popular LOTR topics.

Is this the best solution that people are doing? It seems like cheating to use a more powerful coil than factory.....is there a cooling solution people have come up with or is that what pretty much everyone is doing, buying the stronger coil?

#6633 29 days ago
Quoted from mrgregb123:

Is this the best solution that people are doing? It seems like cheating to use a more powerful coil than factory.....is there a cooling solution people have come up with or is that what pretty much everyone is doing, buying the stronger coil?

Someone has suggested using 5V cpu fans pointed at the coils for many modern Stern games. Do some searching and they’ll come up - here’s one:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-lord-of-the-rings-journey-begins-members-club/page/2#post-2325129

#6634 28 days ago
Quoted from mrgregb123:

Is this the best solution that people are doing? It seems like cheating to use a more powerful coil than factory.....is there a cooling solution people have come up with or is that what pretty much everyone is doing, buying the stronger coil?

As someone who's had his LOTR since new in 2003 and tried a bunch of stuff, just put the med coils in and never think about it again. Do NOT use the PBL high power coils

The game was not designed to strategically have the flippers fade an hour into playing by the designer. You're not cheating anything.

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#6635 19 days ago

After contemplating for almost a year about wether or not to add an led ocd board to my LOTR, and if the cost was worth it, I bit the bullet. The install is super easy, and with running the settings stock, the difference is even better than I had hoped for. I feel a video doesn’t quite capture the whole effect, but when I put a before and after video side by side I can’t believe I played the game like that for so long. If you’re on the fence as I was, go for it.

#6636 19 days ago
Quoted from TheShaft:

After contemplating for almost a year about wether or not to add an led ocd board to my LOTR, and if the cost was worth it, I bit the bullet. The install is super easy, and with running the settings stock, the difference is even better than I had hoped for. I feel a video doesn’t quite capture the whole effect, but when I put a before and after video side by side I can’t believe I played the game like that for so long. If you’re on the fence as I was, go for it.

See, the root cause of your issue was LED's in a LOTR. Would have been even cheaper just to yank those suckeres out and put back in incandescent bulbs.

#6637 19 days ago

Does anyone know where to get the side rails with elf writing on them?

#6638 19 days ago

Does anyone have an Arwen plastic they could sell me. I've looked at a couple sites but they are out of stock on it. Maybe someone knows where someone has it in stock. Thanks

#6639 18 days ago

Speaking of plastics - due to a break this week, I’m in need of the lower left pop bumper cap (plastic # 26) if anyone has one to sell

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#6640 18 days ago

I could use a #08 plastic as well if there’s an extra floating around for sale.

#6641 17 days ago

Tonight felt like it was going the be the big night with LOTR...

Finished everything, still had 2 EBs, and started DTR for Valinor... Literally, the first shot hit the ramp post and bounced back faster than I've ever seen in this game right into the centre drain.

It was heartbreaking. I just stood there shaking my head.

Tonight wasn't the night

#6642 16 days ago
Quoted from Lord_Revan:

Does anyone know where to get the side rails with elf writing on them?

Are you talking about the one that has the flame effects LED lighting in them? If so that is an expensive mod for it comes from two different people (one for the rails and the other for the lighting) and then you have to carve into the cabinet sides to recess the lighting and wires etc..

I thought about it but then was just happy with what I have

#6643 15 days ago

After going back and forth between getting better coils or installing fans, I'm going the fan route. The posts in this group talk about using PC fans but don't go into how to connect them? What kind of PC fans are you using, 4 pin small connector? Is there an adapter needed or do these plug right in somewhere?

#6644 15 days ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

Tonight felt like it was going the be the big night with LOTR...
Finished everything, still had 2 EBs, and started DTR for Valinor... Literally, the first shot hit the ramp post and bounced back faster than I've ever seen in this game right into the centre drain.
It was heartbreaking. I just stood there shaking my head.
Tonight wasn't the night

Oh man, gutted for you. Take a break and try again some day
Doubt I will ever get there but you just never know!

#6645 15 days ago
Quoted from Lostcause:

Oh man, gutted for you. Take a break and try again some day
Doubt I will ever get there but you just never know!

Yeah, not the worst disappoint I've had on this table... I once had it down to the final ring shot, and the flipper just didn't have the juice to make it. After that, I didn't play pinball for at least a month haha.

It's still my favorite game though. If I had to sell everything, and keep one pin, it would be LOTR without any consideration required. To me, it is the perfect pinball machine.

New games like Jurassic and Avengers are awesome, but they just don't make me as happy to play.

Anyhow, adding to the topic of pinball coils and flippers. I have a set of the APB coils, but honestly, aside from the late game fade, I like how the stock ones feel and I don't want to change it at all. Does Pinkmonk make a fan set? I know he does for a bunch of games.

#6646 15 days ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

Anyhow, adding to the topic of pinball coils and flippers. I have a set of the APB coils, but honestly, aside from the late game fade, I like how the stock ones feel and I don't want to change it at all. Does Pinkmonk make a fan set? I know he does for a bunch of games.

At this point just bite the bullet and get the APB coils. I really don’t believe the game was designed for such flipper fade that you cannot make a shot due to playing the game for a long time.
I got those coils after many frustrating games with eventual weak flippers. I’ll never go back. I do like the fan idea but just wonder how effective they will be.

#6647 14 days ago

My best game so far

5 Elf Gifts
6 across the bridge
TTT completed
ROTK we won't talk about..
Missed the 2nd ball on DTR (twice).

Stupid question though - how do you start TABA? Still have never seen it. I played all 6 modes but when I hit the ring shot again it just gave me a generic ring award. Do you have to collect the 3 elf rings again to light mode start or is there another way?

God I love this game. It's not leaving until I get back to back Valinor games (read: never).

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#6648 14 days ago
Quoted from A-1Bogart:

My best game so far
5 Elf Gifts
6 across the bridge
TTT completed
ROTK we won't talk about..
Missed the 2nd ball on DTR (twice).
Stupid question though - how do you start TABA? Still have never seen it. I played all 6 modes but when I hit the ring shot again it just gave me a generic ring award. Do you have to collect the 3 elf rings again to light mode start or is there another way?
God I love this game. It's not leaving until I get back to back Valinor games (read: never).
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Once you play all 6 modes, the center shot does not award a ring. You have to collect it via a lit ring shot only. Get 3 of those, and then shoot the center ramp to start TABA.

#6649 14 days ago

Happy NYE!

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#6650 14 days ago
Quoted from mrgregb123:

After going back and forth between getting better coils or installing fans, I'm going the fan route. The posts in this group talk about using PC fans but don't go into how to connect them? What kind of PC fans are you using, 4 pin small connector? Is there an adapter needed or do these plug right in somewhere?

Go with the APB medium strength coils. Just installed mine yesterday after years of flipper strength fade and they're fantastic, no more fade and I'm able to make the ring shot all the time. You won't regret it.

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