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For sale: Fish Tales


By mjalexan

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

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$ 5,500 (OBO)

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For sale: Fish Tales

Added: September 30th, 2019 Ended: November 4th, 2019
Condition: Fully restored (full original status)

Item description

Fresh Fish Tales restoration. Video link:



BACKBOX
ColorDMD LED
Radcal sides (hidden bolts, protective layer still on)
Both speakers replaced
new topper dome w/ decal
disassembled and painted black
zinc parts replated (except for the big mounting plate behind the boards)
new ground braid
new ribbon cables
keyless lock
insert board disassembled and repainted white
LEDs
all harnesses and boards washed
MPU - new batteries
Driver - BR1, BR2, C5
DMD - new HV section and all capacitors
Sound - new capacitors
Fliptronics - new BR1 and C1
new fuses


Cabinet
chromed reel (hot rod arcade)
Radcal sides & front (hidden side bolts, protective layer still on)
new coin door assembly (no coin mechs)
new glass
disassembled and painted black
Titan lockdown receiver decal
zinc parts replated
new ground braid
new speaker
HD cabinet brackets
cabinet protectors
new legs, levelers, bolts, & leg protectors
transformer painted
all harnesses sleeved
new tilt bob assembly
new start button assembly
washed harnesses


Top Playfield
new CPR Gold playfield
new CPR Silver boat ramp
all wireforms (4 on pf + apron guard) chromed (hot rod arcade)
new plastics & plastic protectors
new plastic boat ramp
LEDs
Titan rubbers
new flipper bats
new boat ramp flap decal
all new pops with briterings LEDs
new drop target
new spinner & standup target decals
new one-way gate assembly
new lamp sockets
new metal & plastic posts
new plastic lane guides
new rails, hickory, painted black
*the 3 decals on the rod plastic are original and show age - replacements on order*

Bottom Playfield
LEDs
zinc parts replated
washed harnesses & boards
new coil wrappers
connectors placed at all coils
all coils cleaned, new sleeves
all mechs cleaned with new plungers
new slingshot arms
new flipper mechs
new lamp sockets
new hardware
all microswitches replaced

If you would like something else installed, I'm open to customization if we can make a deal.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like additional pictures or video.


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#2 1 year ago

I'm going to go buy a black knight 2000 for $7500 first, and I will get this one with the change left over

#3 1 year ago

Looks beautiful!

#4 1 year ago

Are you gonna buy or are you gonna fish?

#5 1 year ago

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#6 1 year ago

if ya get offered $4300 id run with it!

#7 1 year ago

Fish Tales can be all over the board. Nice original ones go for over $3k fast. This one is practically brand new with everything that’s been done to it. I don’t know what people think restores cost but just saving the time and effort of having to do it all yourself is worth damn near this price alone and if this is a game you love and know you’ll want in your collection forever anyway why wouldn’t you just get the nicest one you can find out there. GLWS

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from ccbiggsoo7:

if ya get offered $4300 id run with it!

I would take it for way more than that if I did not have one and I am not saying this because FT is worth that much, it is not, but this one is when you add all the work that went in it.
New playfield and playfield swap alone is 2k.
This is no Baywatch without legs, let us be nice. Nice game OP, GLWS.

#9 1 year ago

If you invest heavily in a "B" or "C" list title, you do it for you. People cant expect to get investment out of a title that's just not that heavily sought out. 99% of people who want a fish tales are fine with a clean players machine at $3000. That 1% is going to be very elusive on something this niche (tons of money invested in what looks to be a good restore on a "C" list title)

Something like TAF - at least HALF of the buyer pool WANTS something like this so the investment makes far more sense. You've got to be prepared to lose money on a restore like this - or just keep the machine because why else would someone invest this heavily if its not a machine they absolutely have to have forever?

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from Dkjimbo:

If you invest heavily in a "B" or "C" list title, you do it for you. People cant expect to get investment out of a title that's just not that heavily sought out. 99% of people who want a fish tales are fine with a clean players machine at $3000. That 1% is going to be very elusive on something this niche (tons of money invested in what looks to be a good restore on a "C" list title)
Something like TAF - at least HALF of the buyer pool WANTS something like this so the investment makes far more sense. You've got to be prepared to lose money on a restore like this - or just keep the machine because why else would someone invest this heavily if its not a machine they absolutely have to have forever?

this exactly. People who put $3500 and a month of time into a $2800 game and expect to get every cent back or make money are crazy.

#11 1 year ago

I sold a restored FT, without a playfield swap, for over 5k last year. It sold instantly and I had several people lined up to buy it if the first guy fell through...the price on this is not too far out of line and I bet it will sell in the mid 6s...

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Dkjimbo:

If you invest heavily in a "B" or "C" list title, you do it for you. People cant expect to get investment out of a title that's just not that heavily sought out. 99% of people who want a fish tales are fine with a clean players machine at $3000. That 1% is going to be very elusive on something this niche (tons of money invested in what looks to be a good restore on a "C" list title)
Something like TAF - at least HALF of the buyer pool WANTS something like this so the investment makes far more sense. You've got to be prepared to lose money on a restore like this - or just keep the machine because why else would someone invest this heavily if its not a machine they absolutely have to have forever?

I would have agreed to this up until recently. If you wait long enough there MIGHT be NIB TAFs in the future. Would CCG make Fish Tales? Definitely not anytime soon.

#13 1 year ago

I'd love to have a nice FT, but like others, this is too rich for my blood. I guess I'd rather have a nice ~$3,500 players machine. I've always loved the casual play with FT, but never had time to get to know it. Is it that bad for home use?

Won't the protective layer on the decals be problematic to remove without first removing the coin door, shooter handle, etc?

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from PinJim:

I'd love to have a nice FT, but like others, this is too rich for my blood. I guess I'd rather have a nice ~$3,500 players machine. I've always loved the casual play with FT, but never had time to get to know it. Is it that bad for home use?
Won't the protective layer on the decals be problematic to remove without first removing the coin door, shooter handle, etc?

I don’t think so but not positive. I wanted to leave it on at least until I move it upstairs. Just a few nuts to loosen if the film does get stuck.

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Dkjimbo:

If you invest heavily in a "B" or "C" list title, you do it for you. People cant expect to get investment out of a title that's just not that heavily sought out. 99% of people who want a fish tales are fine with a clean players machine at $3000. That 1% is going to be very elusive on something this niche (tons of money invested in what looks to be a good restore on a "C" list title)
Something like TAF - at least HALF of the buyer pool WANTS something like this so the investment makes far more sense. You've got to be prepared to lose money on a restore like this - or just keep the machine because why else would someone invest this heavily if its not a machine they absolutely have to have forever?

Fish Tales C List?

You're just another guy who doesn't understand the restored pins market. Don't worry. You're not alone.

#16 1 year ago

Please, out some lightning flippers on that thing. Those flippers look silly

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from yzfguy:

Please, out some lightning flippers on that thing. Those flippers look silly

I could certainly swap some in if that would seal the deal!

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#19 1 year ago
Quoted from Dkjimbo:If you invest heavily in a "B" or "C"
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Fish Tales C List?
You're just another guy who doesn't understand the restored pins market. Don't worry. You're not alone.

Nice job ! Over here it would be a bargain . As FT is the fourth best selling Williams dmd pin of all time behind AF , TZ and T2 it is nowhere near a " C " game .

#20 1 year ago

Fish Tales is FAR from a C list title.....it's a SOLID B

This pin might be at the top of the spectrum price wise, but Restores will always bring more than a average condition pin

Good luck Op

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#21 1 year ago

price and expo delivery bump

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#22 1 year ago

Are you physically walking it there for that price?

#23 1 year ago

I won't jump in the price conversation as everybody has different thoughts on this. However, I just watched your video of this machine and it looks stellar - very nice work! One question - is that the topper making the banging / clapping-like noises in the background or is it something else?

#24 1 year ago

Looks beautiful. Just needs the right buyer to come along.
Id gripe about the price but only because Im jealous that I cant afford it.

#25 1 year ago

I think the game looks pretty awesome....he did a great job on the restore

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from KrustyBurger:

I won't jump in the price conversation as everybody has different thoughts on this. However, I just watched your video of this machine and it looks stellar - very nice work! One question - is that the topper making the banging / clapping-like noises in the background or is it something else?

yeah i should probably re-record that. the video was captured in my cinder block basement so it comes through very distorted. The topper is assembled according to the manual, new sleeve, bumper, and plunger.

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#27 11 months ago

price bump, added some new pictures.

#28 11 months ago
Quoted from mjalexan:

price bump, added some new pictures.

Why not just keep it? It seems like a "forever" machine.

#29 11 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Why not just keep it? It seems like a "forever" machine.

I have a hankering for old Ballys and a basement that doesn't appear to be growing

#30 11 months ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

I sold a restored FT, without a playfield swap, for over 5k last year. It sold instantly and I had several people lined up to buy it if the first guy fell through...the price on this is not too far out of line and I bet it will sell in the mid 6s...

maybe you should hook him up with the ppl that were lined up to buy yours.

#31 11 months ago

Awesome machine. Glwts.

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