Pinball Inc is good to go. Ive ordered from them in the past.
I tied mine into the gi that is right next to it. Just soldered the two wires to the nearest bulb on each side.
My biggest problem with the LED displays is they are too bright even when turned down to the dimmest setting. Plus I like having options of what to display. I've really grown in love with the Scan mode of the LCD.
Cliffy doesn't make any shadow specific protectors yet. I asked him a month or two ago. He hasn't had his hands on a playfield to create one yet. So if someone lives close to him and has a playfield, he sounded like he would love to make them.
I agree. I personally would put a piece of metal of some sort (screw driver, nut driver, socket extension, etc) under the metal bracket first, but then yes, hit that shaft with a hammer.
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