Removing and replacing the glass is the same as on every other game, Neil. I have no problems with this on Wonka - you slide the glass out, and then you slide it all the way back in - if you're struggling with this then make sure you are sliding it in parallel to the sides/not at an angle. Needless to say, if you don't slide it all the way back in, then the lockbar won't sit down completely or lock - it's not rocket science, given your avatar I hoped you'd figure that out! (as a side, big Nasa fan myself, very jealous of some of the pics I've seen in the background of your streams)
The replacement transformer was actually just as noisy, hence I have put it down to being either my subjective opinion (it was my first pin, so I don't know what it should sound like), or perhaps something with my line voltage, or maybe even related to temperature? The noise comes and goes and it's certainly not a deal breaker - I don't even notice it now, and definitely not when playing. Hence, I consider it flawless from day 1.
I since bought a GB (prem) second hand. That transformer/PSU is MUCH quieter I will grant you; but then after 5 minutes run time the fan comes on for a minute and that is significantly louder than anything Wonka ever did or does. Thereafter, every 5 minutes you get the fan again. Very noticeable even during gameplay
I only own/have owned those two machines, so I admit I don't have much of an experience base, but the difference in build quality is miles apart in my opinion, at least with these two examples:
- Wonka is built like a tank, I feel like I could throw bricks at it and they wouldn't leave a mark. Bar replacement flipper rubbers and balls, I am just short of 1500 games in and never had to do any repairs or maintenance beyond cleaning occasionally.
- GB in comparison is like something made of balsa wood; I've played approx. 300 games, had to replace node board 9 once, and have had to outright disable the shaker motor for fear it's going to shake the machine apart - I can almost hear EVERY nut and bolt rattling along with the back glass, even on its lowest setting.
I love and have no problems playing Wonka, but I always hesitate before playing GB because I don't know what damage it will end up doing/I will have to repair, which is a shame because it's a great game and a great theme.
Was Ghostbusters an especially shoddy era for Stern? I always thought mine felt like it was made of balsa wood. And I had a board go. The other two super modern Stern's I've had have felt more robust maybe. This could be in my head.
Batman Rotissierie with mechanical ball lock, has that been done before? You could argue about the ramps but as a game and code combo, would say that is pretty innovative?I thought GBLE was robust. There was the cabinet splitting issues around that time in production..
However as for rest of the game, Mine is fine and I think one of the last LE with innovation
Would you not see the head damage more before you lifted the head up. Sorry if I missed something as I only watched bits of the stream.