It’s very cool!
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He sold his a year ago for 3800…it was 100% working but needed a little cabinet work. He brought the machine back from the dead so whoever gets this and if they need help he’d be a great help. The ad has a conversion playfield. In the ad If you’ll notice the back box is from a 1979 bally strikes and spares.
Here’s pictures of Matt’s game when he sold it.
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The story behind this, which most people fail to understand is that when (Classic) Stern Electronics shut its door and sold off all their stuff, Gary just turned around and rolled a lot of the R&D and equipment into a new company without missing a beat, Pinstar. The company developed Gamatron which was actually the original layout of Flight 2000 before it was stretched into a wide body (note the single pop bumper instead of double)
They took it from the shelf and dusted it off and sold it as a conversation kit for old Stern’s and Bally’s (since Stern had copied all the Bally boards anyway)
Pinstar was just somewhat like a temporary “holding” company until Gary could convince someone to buy them and jump back into pinball production, which was Data East. He had everything together just needed the corporate sponsor to get back to producing games. It was a genius idea.
Sonic obviously received some of these as knockdown assemblies and all they had to do was make cabinets and apparently made their own back glasses too.
It’s a cool game, just not as rare as something. In fact 2 years ago a complete NOS kit came up for sale and it was pretty cool.