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General Chat / Re: Why is it so hard to grip the ball on some tables?
« Last post by crazy8 on July 28, 2021, 07:19:33 PM »
Also, donít grip the rods firmly. Hold like extremely fragile eggs - that may help.

General Chat / Re: Why is it so hard to grip the ball on some tables?
« Last post by ShopTeacher on July 23, 2021, 07:51:36 PM »
Cheap table lead to this. The least expensive way to try to add grip is to buy good balls, Tornado balls. If that doesnt work, the next step is to buy a quality table (Tornado) but this step is much more expensive.  -Pink is grippier but red is standard for tourney
General Chat / Re: T3000 Coin Op too hard for kids to push
« Last post by smokindave on July 22, 2021, 02:47:27 PM »
I would first try carefully spraying different areas of the mechanism with some silicon spray. That might give you a clue as to whether the problem is the coin slot, the control arm or the bar that lifts to release the balls.
General Chat / Why is it so hard to grip the ball on some tables?
« Last post by smokindave on July 22, 2021, 02:35:23 PM »
I used to play a lot when I was a teenager. We used the old coin op tables (this was early 70's)  Now that I have started to play a few games recently, I have noticed that many of the tables are very different.  We used to be able to catch the ball, and grip it from above in order to position for a nice pull shot. 

What gives with the tables these days?  The ball feels so slick you can't catch or grip anymore.  Is this because of the balls, the table surface or the foot?   I can't seem to tell.  If it's the ball, then can you tell me which brand of balls are not so slick?

thanks in advance!
General Chat / 2021 Bart O' Flyer
« Last post by CarmeloLabadie on July 22, 2021, 04:33:43 AM »
Hello foos fam! Start to make your plans to attend the 2021 Bart O' in Austin, TX! We are preparing a great tournament for y'all and are so excited to see everyone again!

Please check back on this thread for updates.

NOTE ABOUT THE VENUE: The hotel is currently transitioning ownership from Crowne Plaza to Radisson Hotel and unfortunately this is affecting their reservation systems.

The best thing to do is to book using this link which includes the discount rate automatically:

However, if you have to call in, try the local number (512) 323-5466 and press zero to talk to the front desk, this tends to work better than pressing 1 and talking to the call center. If they can't give you the "BOC" discount rate, then continue to book your room at the normal rate, I can get the $105 group rate applied later. You are not charged until checkout. If you contact me after you book I can get the rate applied for you right away, my contact info is on the flyer. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience!

UPDATE: Online registration is now open for Bart O! Please to go to register for your events!

If you havenít played at a tournament with Modern Foosball before, then youíll need to first create an account and then message me (or Modern Foosball and we will get your account linked to your IFP profile/rank. Also please message us if you are a new player who has never played at a big tournament before.

Flyer PDF:

Check the link for the Facebook page of the warm-up BYP.

Participation is limited to the first 32 paid entries.  If there are less than 16 entries all fees should be refunded.  Check the link for details.   I think the event will start at 11 am at the Columbus Palace Bowling Ally,  Blue Island Bar.   
General Chat / Re: Buy a Fireball table for home use
« Last post by alaskan thunder on July 13, 2021, 12:30:16 PM »
I haven't seen a fireball for sale in years. IIRC the biggest distributor was in the Northwest so you would probably be more likely to find something up that way. 
General Chat / Re: Buy a Fireball table for home use
« Last post by ShopTeacher on July 12, 2021, 06:39:04 PM »
I only saw one on ebay one time about a year ago and it was posted for $750. Other than that I never see them for sale. If you happen to find one and need rods/guys let me know. I have Fireball rods/guys/bumpers/handles that I previously had used for a custom built table that Id be willing to sell.
General Chat / Buy a Fireball table for home use
« Last post by emerrryjones on July 12, 2021, 12:00:49 AM »
Hi everybody,
I'm looking to buy a Fireball table for home use. I don't care about the price, but it should be in good use. Any guidance will be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!!!
Good luck. Vintage RP parts are very difficult to find. And if you do find them, be prepared to pay a huge premium plus shipping from Europe. Best bet is to find a similar table and cannibalize parts from that.
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