3 Easy Ways to Prevent Your Pinball Machine From Sounding Too Loud for Your Bar

Posted on: 21 April 2017

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Pinball machines can make a great addition to a bar. On top of bringing more people in and providing you with an extra bit of cash at the end of each day, they're great at making an establishment seem a little livelier. Unfortunately, it's possible that a pinball machine might make your bar feel a little too lively. When the place is full, you'll barely be able to hear it; when things are slower, a pinball machine can sound quite loud.

But don't worry – you don't need to give up the benefits of having a pinball machine in your bar just because you're worried about noise. Instead, just follow these three handy tips to keep that noise to a bare minimum.

1. Turn Down the Sound

Okay, this might be a little obvious, but many people don't know that you can lower the sound made by an electric pinball machine. Modern machines tend to make little announcements along with the game, shouting anything from 'High Score' to lines from movies they might be themed around. They'll also provide other sound effects to make the game more immersive and interesting. That's fine, but try turning those sounds down when the machine sounds too loud. This is usually easy to do – you just need to check your owner's manual.

2. Disconnect the Knocker

If you're not a pinball machine aficionado, you probably don't know what a knocker is. Essentially, this is a coil that sits inside the main cabinet; at certain times, such as when a player earns a free replay game, that coil will shoot a plunger against the side of the interior, making a knocking sound. It's partially there to attract attention and show people how good the player is, but the noise isn't always appreciated. To keep things a little quieter, disconnect the knocker.  

3. Place It on Rubber

Some of the sound that a pinball machine produces comes through speakers, and that can be dealt with by turning the volume down. Of course, other noises will be made, from the sound of the plunger being released to feed in more balls to the sound of flippers being pushed up and down. A lot of that sound will get transmitted down to the legs and reverberate across the floor, so try laying a thick rubber mat underneath the machine to absorb the sound. You'll be surprised how much it helps.