Yes, I will be. I haven't decided exactly what yet. I am thinking on the inside lip of the box something like (2017 Reproduction #1)
So numbering them as well so sold copies could be tracked too should they reappear for sale or whatever.
Probably the same thing on at least 1 of the labels.
Happy to hear any input on this as well
This is the best approach- ideally, the repro will be as absolutely authentic in appearance as possible- why else do this if not? After all, the entire purpose is for us few Studio II buffs to have the closest experience possible to owning a real copy- of which there are far too few ever made, let alone still in existence for any of us to reasonably hope to ever own.
I'm not at all worried about repros being used to dip somebody off, especially since these use a big sticker for the box label that differs from what RCA used back in the day. If absolutely felt to be necessary, a small secondary sticker or other repro indication could grace the underside of the box lid- where it'd be out of sight. The rest should be as authentic as possible.
Personally I'd remove the "stock no." and put "Repro no." or "Reproduction no."
then for the number you could put "2017V0001"
Gotta disagree there- that'd be changing too much. There's no reason to- on the off chance somebody actually did decide to make a fake to rip off the very few of us who collect Studio II there's already plenty of photographs available for them to do so. Hell, somebody could dummy up a boxed Tester I or US Pinball fake and we'd never be able to be sure until examining it ourselves, and a Demonstration Cartridge would be even easier to do.
It's a very unusual coincidence that the only two known surviving copies have just now turned up, along with the Bingo. Given how elusive they've been in spite of some VERY concerted collector hunting, any other surviving copies are bound to be in the hands of non-collectors who don't realize what they even have. These are just too rare to be faked- and any attempts to make a fake would be picked out by us. The odds of a successful fake getting pulled on us are nil.
Edited by Blazing Lazers, Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:49 AM.