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Which flipper mech is the most robust, and/or most widely available?


By djd9617

67 days ago



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  • Latest reply 67 days ago by LTG
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    #1 67 days ago

    Hello everybody!
    I'm getting into making a custom pin, and I wanted pick the brains of the greybeards here. I was curious, out of all the brands and eras of flipper mechs, are there any that are clearly superior, in terms of reliability (least maintenance and/or most consistent performance), and which would be cheapest and/or most widely available (and likely to be available for years to come)? I'd prefer to stick with assemblies that have good "control", so the player can perform tap passes and flick passes, which I hear is easier to do on EMs than, say, a JJP, although I suspect that has more to do with how the coils are being driven electrically.

    #2 67 days ago

    If i wanted to future proof wpc 95 or stern. If I wanted best feeling, capcom, but parts are spotty as no ones made any in over 20 years.

    #3 67 days ago

    WPC style are the cheapest and most widely available. I think nearly everyone uses them for homebrews

    Personally I find gottlieb 80s mechs to be sturdier (they'll work forever and even with a ton of wear, still feel great) and allow more control but it's hard to find all the pieces new

    #4 67 days ago

    https://www.pinballlife.com/full-flipper-assembly-for-williamsbally-machines-from-021992-to-101998.html

    These mechs were used by Williams in the fliptronics DMD era. And are used today by JJP, CGC, and AP. So you'll have no trouble finding parts long into the future.

    LTG : )

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