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#26 ColecoDan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:43 PM

Yeah I did wonder if this was the case - small community, achievable number of games, all collectors pretty much satisfied apart from the oddities that don't make it to eBay often anyway.

You have a complete CIB set? Or you still chasing some? Personally I'm aiming at just carts, for reasons of space and my mental health, but boxes seem very common for a machine of this age. Already got 3, and a couple of carts that came with a bonus manual. Which is kind of why I asked this in the first place, seems like a cheap way to get a shelf full of retro cardboard.

 

Only CIBs I am missing are The Bit Corp Originals of which I have only seen NIAD with 3 not sure if 4th exists , (I have the repos from Collectorvision for them though) , and I only  have 2 CIB of the 6 Xonox Double enders.  I say six because the Europe and the Canadian versions are so different that I wanted all of them.  I have one European one and one Canadian one. 

Skiing and Amazing Bumpman from Telegames didn't come in boxes but I have the original plastic with stapled hanging cardboard that they came in.



#27 ColecoDan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:45 PM

For someone jumping in today without any electronic skills, would you buy a console and get it modded and repaired, buy an already modded console or wait for one the clones that are possibly going to be on the market next year. I have yet to see one in the wild and haven't had any luck on Facebook or Craigslist either. I'm seeing 75-125 for a working unit plus 25-50 shipping on eBay unless it is boxed or has a ton of games. I've seen modded systems in the 250-300 range and haven't heard a price on the clones yet.

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It is hard to say, working ones could fail soon if they don't say that they fully restored them.   The fully restored ones are nice and work great if you don't want to wait for the new systems that are coming out.



#28 marc.teeters OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:08 PM

I saw Yurkie is taking a hiatus from modding systems, does anyone else around here offer services?

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#29 TheCurlyBard OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:40 AM

 
Only CIBs I am missing are The Bit Corp Originals of which I have only seen NIAD with 3 not sure if 4th exists , (I have the repos from Collectorvision for them though) , and I only  have 2 CIB of the 6 Xonox Double enders.  I say six because the Europe and the Canadian versions are so different that I wanted all of them.  I have one European one and one Canadian one. 
Skiing and Amazing Bumpman from Telegames didn't come in boxes but I have the original plastic with stapled hanging cardboard that they came in.


Very nice! I didn't realise the double enders got a release over here in EU. Would like to own them just because they are unusual items.

#30 TheCurlyBard OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:44 AM

I saw Yurkie is taking a hiatus from modding systems, does anyone else around here offer services?

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Depends where here is for you? I'm in the UK and I can fix the power supply, switch and add AV out, although I've never done an RGB mod and anything I do do will probably take me a while to get round to.

I plan on buying broken consoles and reselling them soon though. Just looking for the right one to buy.

#31 marc.teeters OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:08 PM

I'm in Ohio.

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#32 TheCurlyBard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2018 11:31 AM

Yeah, just snagged this bundle. Decent price and a good boost to my collection.

https://rover.ebay.c...tm/302867640897

Pleased with this!

#33 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2018 1:18 PM

For someone jumping in today without any electronic skills, would you buy a console and get it modded and repaired, buy an already modded console or wait for one the clones that are possibly going to be on the market next year. I have yet to see one in the wild and haven't had any luck on Facebook or Craigslist either. I'm seeing 75-125 for a working unit plus 25-50 shipping on eBay unless it is boxed or has a ton of games. I've seen modded systems in the 250-300 range and haven't heard a price on the clones yet.

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If you go for the original system and whatever games you can find. Learn basic electronics. Learn how to clean switches and measure power and clean connectors. That stuff isn't too hard and there's lots of expert help on these forums.

 

In addition to that there is emulation. You can explore tons of games straight away right on your PC. Perhaps even use as a daily driver. And keep the original hardware as a shelf queen.

 

As far as clones go, it's a hit or miss. They often come with limited number of games and have even more limited range of mods/upgrades available. The big plus is they will work straight out of the box with modern displays. There are some cool ones in development though that are going to be worth your time and do it all!

 

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So perhaps clones and emulators first. Then if you want to play real cartridges on real original hardware, get a real original system. There is no one right or wrong order in which to do this.


Edited by Keatah, Sun Sep 9, 2018 1:20 PM.





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