During the week of the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown I was wandering around, trying to get as good a deal as I could from the different vendors at the show (buying pinballs is a prime example, no shipping). While perusing the floor I ran into John Detweiler (aka Sir Tiltsalot) and his new Playfield Rotisserie where I was expecting Pinrestore to be. I had already bought myself a Donnie Barnes Rotisserie so I wasn’t that excited about Johns. As he handed me the flyer and showed me the rotisserie I was a bit more interested. I then started to play, throughout the day I would come back to the John’s example, and I admit, I was impressed by the look of the rotisserie. At that point I decided to get one. I mean, with new playfields being created, I would need a second rotisserie, right?
As soon as I got back home, I sent John an email telling him I wanted one of his rotissiriies. After a wait I finally got mine.
My first impressions of the packaging was that I was surprised that the entire rotisserie was inside of one box. The box was sturdy, and as I shook the box, you could not hear any rattling or loose parts. So, like a kid in a candy store, I eagerly went about opening up the box.
Opening the box revealed that John had firmly packed the rotisserie in packing materials, as well as included all the miscellaneous parts and instructions in a separate envelope
As I continued to open up the package I found that all the parts of the rotisserie had been tie wrapped together. Remember how I said this package didn’t make *any* noise when I shook it. Johns excellent packaging work can be credited with that.
Inside the parts packaging were the instruction sheet, a parts sheet, clamps and tighten down screws.
At this point, I just wanted to start ripping it apart to see how well it would hold the Playfield that I’ve had out of a machine, well, since forever, my TZ playfield (planning on repairing and clear coating it, but, well, life got in the way)
Taking the wiring snips, I removed all the tie wraps and completely ignored the instructions that John had sent (not to bright on my part).
I did find that I really like the way he built the sliding base with the tightening screws. The construction felt very sturdy.
After a few issues, I was finally able to get the rotisierrie up and looking like it was ready for a playfield
So now is the time of truth. I grabbed the TZ playfield, and started putting it into the rotisierrie. At this point I realized that this really isn’t a one man job, with either my Donnie Barnes or Tiltsalot rotisierrie. Eventually I had the Playfield in place.
My initial impressions were:
The lack of paint made it look very industrial (and shiny, and I am attracted to shiny things, or I wouldn’t be in this hobby)
Well thought out
If you are in the market for a Rotisserie, you can’t go wrong with this one.
And if you wonder about the build quality of the rotisserie, take a look at this.