I will have to write a longer post at some point about just how great of a game Sinbad is. This Gottlieb System 1 is winning my heart.
So of course I had to give it a quick once-over and get it playing even better.
4 new flipper rubbers, a rebound rubber, and a new lamp socket are all this machine calls for. Plastics have some chips, but are now protected by lexan washers from further damage. And really the chips don't both me at all. It's a player's machine, and oh what a machine.
The flipper rubbers are easily swapped and give this game, which is ALL about ball control at the flippers, a new dimension.
The rebound rubber at the top was feeling flat. The ball just hit it and limped away, so time for a new rubber on it. You hit that rebound rubber every plunge (almost...) and so having it vibrant is really important to the gameplay and general pinball esthetics.
When I first approached switching a rebound rubber I was a bit unsure and went the hard route, doing the nigh impossible contortion to unscrew the mount from the metal playfield apron. NEVER DO THIS.
The solution is easy: Get an exacto blade, slice down, peel off old rubber, force new rubber on.
The last thing to do is replace the light socket for one of the top rollover lanes. I can't seem to get a bulb in to the sockets there, so at some point I will replace it. And that's about it!