NOTE: This ONLY FITS Limited Edition Stern metal badges. It will not fit the plastic badges on the Pro/Prem. Go to the Pro/Prem product page if you have a Pro or Premium.
When a new pinball machine completes its arduous journey through the pass and up the steep, treacherous mountain path to the monastery I have made my home, I am always relieved it made it in one piece, even if the box looks bad. It turns out, the shipping box will take a surprising amount of yak slobber without failing. I have found that yaks love the smell of new pinball machines, and have a 6th sense about when one is passing through. I do not fault them for this, they are yaks, after all.
After the machine is unpacked and I have attempted to tame the silverball for a while, I begin noticing areas that would benefit from improvements I am able to make. Light inserts, fans to quiet noise, and figurines to improve aesthetics and hide ugly screws. One thing I have noticed that is always is too plain for my taste is the badges on the different models of machines. It is unadorned and plain, and doesn’t really stand out from the black base of the speaker and screen enclosure. It reminds me of the proverb, “There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people.”
And so, I have finally taken the time to cure what ails the badge for the people that wish to improve their machine in such a way. To that end I have crafted a universal frame that will work for all Pro and Premium badges that will allow the badge to integrate with the machine more fully while at the same time standing out more beautifully. It is a simple installation. One must simply unscrew the two screws, remove the badge and snap the badge into the frame, then re-attach the now-framed badge to the machine using the same screws. The effect Is quite stunning when a complementary color is chosen for your badge, but I will leave the color choice to you. Any of the badge frames will work on any of the Pro or Premium badges, the pictures are simply sample badges I have chosen so you can see the effect of a tasteful choice in a colored frame for yourself.