Tuesday November 12, 2013

They�re right there, hiding in plain sight...

Okay, seriously... when I got my Wizard of Oz last July, I couldn�t for the life of me find the keys to unlock the backbox. You see, on my three new Stern pinballs, both sets of keys were zip-tied to the shooter rod on the outside of the game � and with my WOZ, that�s exactly where I found the coin door keys. Since unlike a Stern there�s nothing of significance in the backbox that would need separate protecting, perhaps to be efficient JJP decided to use one set of keys for both locks � and so, I tried the coin door keys in the backbox... and presto, they fit!

But, they wouldn�t turn. On my Sterns, the wrong key doesn�t even fit into the other lock, so I concluded that JJP had indeed decided to use one lock, but someone had mistakenly installed the wrong one in my game. What a huge problem!

And that�s when I made a phone call to Jersey Jack Pinball technical support (namely the ever-helpful Lloyd), who calmly described the actual location of the backbox keys on a little hook inside the coin door. Apparently, where Williams/Bally had always put them.

Pinplay Photo #80
Pinplay Photo #81

After ending the call with face glowing red, I humbly unlocked the coin door and � sure enough � there they were. Mocking me. I�d been in and out of the coin door numerous times, using the buttons mere inches below, had even photographed the entire area � and yet, I�d somehow never once taken notice of a dangling set of keys.

In my defense, I�ve never owned a Williams/Bally game before... and it could be that from my angle the shiny keys merely blended into the similarly shiny portion of the coin mechanism... and I�m sure that if the coin door keys hadn�t fit into the backbox keyhole, I would�ve looked harder. But whatever the reason, I did miss them � and although this all happened months ago, from comments it would appear that I�m not the only new WOZ owner who has experienced this �moment of inattentiveness�, which is why I�m now providing the photos above.

The backbox keys are right there � seriously!

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Posted by Daniel Tonks on 11/12 at 6:26 AM
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