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A local pinball operator in the 1970s used to add a small spike like that to the end of the plunger rod to stop players banging it forwards and breaking the barrel spring and eventually the cabinet joint. But really can't see the purpose here?
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We discussed this before in relation to the Bryans payout knob 'end stop'.
pennymachines wrote: ↑Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:48 pmI think it was designed precisely to prevent players getting a good grip, also perhaps to stop them thumping the knob in an effort to release the payout stops (similar to bumping a lock). Whether this was possible, I'm not sure, but apparently players tried it. I've seen a few Bryans allwins with a metal cone attached to the payout knob to thwart this practice. The collars around the payout knobs on some Whales allwins achieve a similar end. You had to use your fingertips rather than a full hand, greatly reducing the force you could apply. Unfortunately, it does mean small hands struggle to work the payouts, especially after other greasy fingers have done their work.13rebel wrote:what is the payout knob stopper designed to do? Other manufacturers e.g. Wonders, Whales etc. have no such item. Seems to me it just gets in the way of getting a good grip of the payout knob - an example of Bryans over engineering?
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