Well, I'm an admin on the RVG forum and there has been a podcast but it is not often out. Now, this will be the first time I'm on that podcast and it is the first interview I do this way. I am listening to the final version now so it should be released this week. I will send you a link when it is out. I do post there about your podcast.
Is fixing screwy paddles really as simple as everyone says? Alcohol (91% was the best I could find), cotton swabs, and bada-bing?
I've always used WD-40 (or the superior, more long-lasting MotorKote) and Q-Tips. Either way, yes, it's pretty easy. Just make sure the whole metal ring gets coated. Probably the easiest controller "fix" I know of!
This guy prefers alcohol, but his instructions are helpful anyway:
Thank you very much for the above reference! With the illustrations and easy to follow instructions, I was able to get my paddles working like new!
I tested them with a couple of classics like Breakout and Kaboom! Then I tried a new-to-me game I picked up in my most recent lot: Piece 'o Cake by US Games. All I could say about that was, "...well my paddles are working great anyway!"
Cool! I'm glad you were able to get them working well. A superior game in the baking genre -- out of two, granted -- is Cakewalk by CommaVid. It's like a horizontal Kaboom!, or perhaps an easier Tapper.