I play every pin I can put my hands on. Every manufacturer seems to have their own "feel". Can someone tell me why I might think American feels bad/cheap to me? I understand this is 100% my opinion. Lots of people more knowledgeable than me love them, and this post is not trying to crap on them. It's just every time I play Oktoberfest and Hot Wheels (I don't remember how Houdini felt), the moment I hit the flippers I thought "Yuck, this seems bad." Is it the sound the flippers make? Parts/materials different from a more common Stern? I know my MBr felt this way when I first started playing it, and then realized it was because the ball hits the metal apron on a right outlane drain. That clanging sound was 100% normal but drove me nuts for awhile.