No pun intended.
I obtained a pretty nice SS about a month ago, was very happy to finally get one. The thing is a drain monster. I have been trying to adjust it, but it's so bad the wife is complaining and finally made a comment for me to get rid of it already. The machine is level and I have tried two inclinations thus far. The inclination is set at center bubble right now, outlanes fully closed, preset installed very easy, and 5 balls. Wife not happy, and I can no longer disagree with her. Half of the autoplunger balls go SDTM. Three ball multiball is usually done in less than 10 seconds. Launch the ball at various strengths and SDTM. Slingshots send it straight to the outlanes, all net, no chance even for a nudge. With 10 balls, the best score is about 8 million and stiffometer level-4.
We are not pro players, but not terrible either. We own five other pins, and the others are all factory settings and center outlane adjustment, with various inclinations, and none drain like this one does. It's not the game difficulty, but very short ball times. We are lucky to have tons of on-location games to play nearby and get lots of practice with many titles.
SS is generally considered an easy game where people get tired of the long ball times. Our SS just drains excessively and gives you no chance. I had played two other examples prior to buying this one, and don't recall those examples being so greedy with the outlanes and SDTM. Unfortunately since I obtained ours, those two location games are no longer available to reference. I have scoured the net to no avail, however the tech at the local arcade concurred that SS isn't easy and is prone to drain.
I got this machine as a restore candidate, and to keep. I won't give in to the wife regardless, but would like to make the game more fun. So to the SS owners and anybody else with an unfair game, what did you do to tame it?