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About arcadebasement

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  1. As I was sitting there last night chatting with a mate, my wee Mr Do went 'crack' and died. Sounded like a fairly large cap going off and the monitor went down to one line at the bottom (which would be the left I guess). Funny thing was the game wasn't playable at all afterwards - no sound or response so I'm not sure it was the monitor itself that went. Tomorrow I'll remove it from its spot and check it out and report back. Funny thing to see and hear a cab die in front of you though - nice popping sound!
  2. I agree but were probably accurate when they were posted in 1998 - in fact a nice Asteroid would fetch nearly 2K on eBay just four years ago, whereas now you can pay as little as $500 for a near mint. Prices for used cabs have dropped drastically in the last few years. Having said that there's a seemingly nice LL on eBay right now going for $1,850 BiN so make of that what you will.
  3. There was a Klax cabaret going locally and the guy wanted $350. It was nice and with a bit of TLC could've been near mint - seeing this post makes me kind of kick myself for not picking it up now. I just couldn't see myself (large bloke and a half) and someone else fitting side by side against a cabaret and half the fun of Klax was two-player dueling. Still - great find. That circus completely dwarf's it - is it 4' high or even lower?
  4. I own a Ms pacman, pacman/galaga anniversary cab and I just realised I play Ms/Pacman with my right hand... Yet when playing galaga I switch to left hand for controls and right for fire. How weird is it that not only do I do that, but I never noticed it until this thread.
  5. It feels completely natural for me to play with left hand for controls/right hand for jump and fire and I'm surprised anyone would think differently, I mean - look at the nintendo and sega controllers over the years, even on today's next-gen consoles 360 and Ps3 - every one of them has fire buttons on the right/movement controls on the left. Strange.
  6. http://cgi.ebay.com/1989-ATARI-CYBERBALL-O...1QQcmdZViewItem That's for Cyberball 2072 unfortunately :-( Thanks for looking out though Karl Darn it! Sorry!
  7. Wow - visual pinmame in a cab with large LCD screens - nice! Probably cheaper to put it together yourself but you can't argue with the concept. Shame pinmame isn't up to the job (don't get me wrong it's superb, but I wouldn't take it over a real pin). I would've like to see dedicated code for each table.
  8. http://cgi.ebay.com/1989-ATARI-CYBERBALL-O...1QQcmdZViewItem
  9. This guy has tips on how to repro it and a cleaned up image and matte ready for print http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/pinball/bgscan.html Failing that then put a search scout on ebay.
  10. I'm going to say no to getting that pin. Nothing wrong with it per se, assuming it works okay at $350, but EM pins are mostly radically simple in terms of gameplay; a bagatelle with bells and whistles. If you're after a few moments fun or just like the thought of owning a pin then go for it, but they're heavy and take lots of space so it's not wise to go for something just for the sake of it. They're swines to ship for the end-user should you decide to sell it nationally - where you'll get the most money back and you should never buy a pin without playing it extensively. I guarantee that if you were to get a second, more modern SS pin circa 1989 or beyond (especially if it's a major player like Medieval Madness, Twilight Zone, Addam's Family), then you wouldn't touch your EM pin again. Granted more recent pins are $1000-$5000 but they retain their value mostly and are worth it. How many pins do you intend to buy in the next ten years? If it's less than 3 then get what you want when you can rather than settle for the first good deal that comes along. JMO. As for maintenance, keep it clean, replace rubbers as necessary, a bulb will burn out once in a while but are easy to obtain and replace and doesn't affect gameplay and you may have to replace a coil rarely (easy but you need a soldering iron). In other words, on the whole, you shouldn't be doing regular housekeeping - maybe give it a once-over every three months to see what needs replacing/addressing. FWIW there's several EM pinballs on ebay now going for a similar price so don't consider it that much of a bargain. Currently a buyers market for pins.
  11. Jeepers this is OT I know, but when will website owners realise that most folks aren't at 800x600 now. This is what TG.com looks like to me And I'm using a mere HD (sort of) rez of 1920x1200. What will they do when everyone's using Oleds @ 3250x2000+? (edit - by the way my current 28" lcd monitor cost about 5 times less than the 21" CRT IBM monitor I was using before - you don't need to have a few extra quarters to have a big monitor these days). /rant over
  12. I'm simultaneously in awe at the machine's condition and at the same time disgusted that you'd use it as a shelf for an old tandy comp. Come on man.
  13. There was one on eBay a few days ago - $356 closing bid http://cgi.ebay.com/Full-sized-Taito-Eleva...id=p3286.c0.m14
  14. I'd say ed is right. And the cab did come in white - see the flyer http://www.arcadeflyers.com/?page=flyer&am...037&image=2
  15. I found another picture of it http://bp3.blogger.com/_Fzq94YVbHHM/RvKnVZ...e_games_017.jpg here http://freshpics.blogspot.com/2007/09/arca...-from-past.html Looks like that was a popular shape for arcades over there http://bp2.blogger.com/_Fzq94YVbHHM/RvKnFJ...e_games_022.jpg
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