Sorry for digging up a corpse, just thought I'd chip in as I'm currently in the process of building an Addams Family from scratch. I mean, I'm not sure this is the orthodox definition of "from scratch", but I guess it's pretty close.. They go around in Europe for between $3500 and $8000 depending on what condition the game is. I found one in Portugal, it was actually a bundle (MM and TAF for approximately $7000). Both games were severely beaten up hence the price. I wanted to buy both games back then, but I my budget was heavily constricted. I ended up convincing the guy to sell me the TAF alone as he'd definitely find a buyer for MM in that price range, therefore I ended up picking up an Addams Family for $1800. Good bargain, wouldn't you say?
Well, all things considered what the $1800 got me was a wiring harness, all the ball guides (some needed thorough cleaning and replating) apart from one (the swamp one is missing, that whole area was actually completely wrecked), what was left of the cabinet and backbox (Schenker damaged the pin during shipping, which is how I recuperated $800 from the cost), the electronics (amazingly, all the boards except for the CPU board are in great condition), a 5/10 translite, the power line (transformer, fuse box, wiring). Everything else was in an appalling state and I decided not to use anything else, apart from a few screws and bolts (which I cleaned before swapping). So, from the top of my head, this was my shopping list.
- new playfield from Mirco
- new plastics
- new posts
- new rubbers
- new scoops and brackets (the only ones I left were the cleaned-to-a-shine swamp bracket and scoop because the replacements didn't fit)
- new ramps (subway and main ramp)
- new coils and coil sleeves
- new wiregates
- new switches
- new Thing box (the one under the playfield)
- new popbumpers (everything there is new, including the solenoid brackets)
- protectors (playfield protector, lexane washers, cliffies for all ball entries)
- new lamp domes
- rivet kit
- spacers (plastic and hexes)
- Thing hand (I kept the motor and gearbox because they worked fine, tested them with my 12V supply)
- new bookcase assembly (this one did get a new motor and gearbox)
- wood repair materials (mostly black paint and filler, but also some tools, needed to repair the wooden frame that surrounds the playfield)
Cabinet and backbox
- new decals
- new gold trim (siderails, playfield glass trim, legs, backbox hinges, lockbar, leg bolts)
- new lockbar receiver
- new pinblades from Pedretti
- new leg mounting brackets
- new CPU board
- new fuse kit
- new topper
- new gold ball plunger (with the Rose shooter from Pedretti)
- new PinSound speaker
I'm sure there's a few other things, but this is all I can remember off the top of my head. I've invested almost three times what I payed for the pin so far, but it looks amazing and it will basically be as close as possible to a NIB game... TAF is my favourite pin, so I wasn't going to compromise on this one. Pic of the playfield, not completed yet (unfortunately the expenses associated with this project were so vast that they exhausted my ability to invest in a rotisserie ).
So, in terms of buying or building from scratch, my opinion is this. If you have the money and the time to build a game from scratch, GO FOR IT. This was an incredible challenge, but it feels so damn rewarding. The fact that I put this thing together piece by piece, bit by bit... I feel like I've developed a kind of bond with the game, and that I just know it. I know what's where, I remember putting an area of the playfield together, I'm familiar with the layout if I need to fix anything. I'd only do this with a pin I really, really value. TAF is my favourite pin, so this was a nobrainer. MM is my dreampin, and it still aches me that I couldn't have bought both the pins from that guy. In all honesty, the MM was in a relatively better state (it would still need a new playfield), but I think that would be a much harder project since there are less parts available for it here. Building a pin from scratch is definitely an adventure anyone serious about this hobby should try to venture on - for one, I'm certainly glad I have.