Quoted from system11:
I'd just be really worried about the playfield on JJP machines given some of the horror stories and photos.
FWIW: After 1,000 plays with an average scores > 300,000 (so ~15 minute games), I'm thrilled with how my WOZ playfield has held up.
To pre-empt the "but that's home use" indictment, sometimes I question the notion that home use might somehow be better on a machine than route use. My games get way more action in my basement than most games in bars and restaurants I've ever seen.. though I do maintain them pretty diligently.
I digress to say I don't think the playfield horror stories are indicative of everyone's experience.
Quoted from konghusker:
Ive seen a bunch of Metallica's, Simpsons, Ironmans, and other greats for sale in the last 4 months too. Means nothing other than guys changing up collections, or needing money for something else..
Yep. I'm glad people aren't hoarding awesome titles and I think great new titles from Stern and JJP are great for breaking loose some of those games people thought they'd keep forever. It is nice to cycle out for fresh stuff, with awesome new titles inbound, there are great pins for sale of all era. I don't see folks selling a pin as an indictment on that pin's fun-ness. Some of us can only smack the silver ball against the same set of targets so many times before we are ready for something else.
On the magnaslings, I don't think it is unreasonable to at least mention and discuss the potential for wear, until Stern shows us the neat contraption they built to test the wear for the magnaslings. High powered magnets pulling on hard metal into soft wood, I mean it seems like a reasonable concern, to me. Maybe just throwing some mylar will fix it, hopefully Stern already has something in place when those ship or even better, hopefully nothing will be necessary at all. I think reasonable people can recognize at least that the wear on them is an unknown for the time being - and leave it at that.
Slings have always been high-wear areas, anyway: Nearly every Williams IJ on the planet has a black smudge near the slings. Keep it waxed or use a Makrolon pf protector if you are really worried.
I am glad Stern tried something new and I look forward to owning a GB Premium or LE to try them out in full magnetoApocalyptic glory.