Quoted from gweempose:
Call it whatever you want. The fact of the matter is that this is an absolutely beautiful Congo. It's easily the nicest one I've seen by far. Good luck with the sale!
Thank you! Just to be clear, I'm not selling it...just looking for a Paragon trade. The only reason I mentioned what I had in it was "Whysnow" asked.
Quoted from pinlawyer:
Oh, quit your bickering, all o' y'all! I've seen Jim's restos--they are on par with Bryan Kelly, Chad Keller and Chris Hutchins. Brian Dendis (Prowlerman) has sold me more thn one of his restorations. Generally, they're good, but he does almost exclusively "B" titles. In my experience, he's excellent with clearcoat--among the best, actually--adequate with touchup (not on par with the expensive guys), and doesn't even touch the inside of the cab or underside of the pf. Very creative with mods.
Brian actually did a very nice job with the inside of this cabinet. I think he spent so much time on the outside of the cabinet, he decided to make the inside nice as well.
Thanks for speaking up and confirming the quality of Brian's clearcoat work. The cabinet artwork he did on this is definitely much better than adequate. It's hard to compare with the A-list restores, since most of them involve applying new decals (and don't require artwork touchup). The artwork touchup he did on this Congo PF was also very nice...
From my perspective, B-list restorations are a different beast than A-list restorations. I think evaluating them in the same fashion doesn't make much sense.
As gweempose says, "Call it whatever you want". The bottom line is how does it look/play and what do you think it's current value is. If I said I thought it was worth 7-10k, then the push back would be justified. At 4.7k, it's arguably a nice example. Also important to note that I've seen really expensive restorations that didn't play well at all. This pin plays fast/awesome.
It's all good...