2018 American Pinball Houdini

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Houdini #171. I ordered it in May 2017 at the Allentown show. It came about 11 months later.

The pictures have been taken with the glass off to get a better picture.

This game comes with a manual.

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Cool steampunk flippers.

 

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I first saw this game at the Allentown show in May 2017. This is at the Expo with the side blades.

 

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From API's site.

 

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From API's site.

 

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From API's site.

 

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From API's site.

 

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From API's site.

 

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From API's site.

 

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Houdini Flyer

 

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When the game first arrived, I opened the box with the shipper there to ensure no damage. It was packed well with empty cardbox boxes above and below the head to protect the head.

 

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I have the 171st official game off the production line.

 

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The game entering the basement.

 

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Front legs installed.

 

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On my lift to get the back legs on.

 

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All legs installed.

 

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Head lifted. Head lock is the same as Stern. The leg bolts also use the same size Allen wrench (provided).

 

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The head without the artwork.

 

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The goodie bag.

 

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The ball got stuck above the gate from the plunger. I thought the gate was not aligned correctly. But as the following photos show, the gate was breaking. Others on pinside noted the same problems with the gate. API sent me a new gate but I had one from a 1970s Williams game.

 

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The ball was popping out of this milkcan loop. I added the felt dot here but it did not work well....

 

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...I added the second dot which allowed more balls to successfully go through this loop.

 

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I thought I needed to add dots here. I didn't realize that the gate was moving but the end over the dots was not since it was breaking.

 

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I used these felt dots.

 

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The ball really got stuck and the gate fatiqued and broke.

 

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The broken original gate.

 

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A gate from a 1970s Williams pinball that is the exact same size. Barry at API sent me a new one that came a few days later.

 

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Gate replaced.

 

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I found a bug in the code. During Escape from Death, the stage opened when it should not and the ball got "lost". I sent the logs to Josh (programmer). He found the issue and said he would correct it.

Virginia Sales Tax

Virginia sales tax is currently 6.0%. Sales tax for in-state orders applies to machines and parts. It does not apply to the delivery or repair services.

Warranty

As of August 1, 2014, we will no longer provide a warranty with our pinballs unless you purchase a separate warranty from us. A 1 year warranty is $500 or pay as you go if you even need it. If you buy it directly from us and take it home yourself, you will be inspecting it to ensure it works. If we deliver, we will ensure that it works 100% when delivered.

Reasons You Should Let Us Deliver Your Pinball (or Another Machine)

  1. We will NOT provide a warranty for the machine since we cannot be assured that a problem did not happen when you transported the machine. (As of August 1, 2014, we will no longer provide a warranty with our pinballs unless you purchase a separate warranty from us. A 1 year warranty is $500 or pay as you go if you even need it. If you buy it directly from us and take it home yourself, you will be inspecting it to ensure it works. If we deliver, we will ensure that it works 100% when delivered.)
  2. We take responsibility for any damage that may occur during the delivery process.
  3. We professionally set up the machine, connect all the connectors, attach the legs, head, etc. and ensure that the pinball works properly. If anything is out of adjustment due to moving the machine, we can fix it in a few minutes as compared to having to come to your house later and charging you a trip fee and repair charge.
  4. If anything major is out of adjustment, we can order parts and repair. This hardly ever happens but it could and you and the machine are protected.

Delivery Options

We are currently set up for local delivery only within the Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and North-Eastern West Virginia area. If you are interested in shipping the pinball machine, we will contact a shipper. You will pay all crating and postage costs.

If you would like us to deliver and set up within 50 miles of Purcellville, the charge is $300; within 100 miles $475. The delivery charge includes delivery to a first floor or basement level if walk-out.

We will not sell you a game/deliver the game if the only entrance to your basement is an inside the house staircase. They are too narrow. Plus we have to ensure we don't mess up carpet or wood. It just isn't worth it.

You may also come and pick up the machine from our location.