The LOTR VE thread made me think of this. Stern keeps parts for their games scarce and expensive and available for only a short time. I'm curious as to what will happen when shit starts to break and they aren't available.
The last I was told was Gary Stern doesn't want pins to last forever, he wants them as consumables so people will buy new ones. Also was told he went after some people who were modding stern pins, because he wants to do the modding and the only one to sell aftermarket parts.
I'd like to know if anybody else has been told this.
So to answer the question, I think the older a stern pin gets to be, the harder it will be to restore due to lack of parts.
Seems like Stern has created a whole secondary overpriced market for parts. Although, I don't see any issues with availability yet. Websites like Marco specialties among others accomodates virtually every part.
Exactly the same thing that happens now when you look for Bally, Williams, Sega and all other older machine parts. Plenty still available for nearly every machine since 1987. Your definition of "short term", "scarce" and "expensive" could quite possibly be different to mine. Last year we bought genuine parts from Stern for WPT, IJ and TSPP. All machines over 10 years old and parts reasonably priced and we are in Australia. We also fully rebuilt Getaway HSII and TAF. The only part we have not been able to source is a Getaway HSII ramp flap 01-10478. There are some in Germany but they do not ship to Australia. This is an awesome hobby.
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