Quoted from PW79:
I have only played bubble hockey a few times & I'm the only dude in the house... yet I desire a Super Chex for the basement
Are they like pinballs where direct distros are lower priced than online retailers?
I see ICE sells them direct for $2500 shipped.
Not sure how necessary the split base is. I have a walk out basement so I think I'd be able to turn the base sideways & bring it in if I turn it while doing so.
Any advice bubble hockey aficionados?
I have owned a few bubble hockeys over the years, and ran the IBHF tournaments with the Blues in St Louis years ago.
ICE has pretty much eliminated distributors as an affordable NIB option. You wont find them cheaper than factory direct.
HOME VERSION: They are cheaper because they don't have the coin door and coin mechanisms. The best feature of the home version is that the on/off switch and the volume control knob are easily accessible.
COIN DOOR: Has that arcade feel to it. Will need it if the game ever goes on location. The coin box is nice to keep extra parts in. You will have to either open the top door to turn on the game or plug/unplug.
Prices from $2495 shipped on base games.
You can customize your game, if you wish, when buying direct from ICE. NHL teams, USA/RUSSIA, etc. Split base is a nice feature, but not absolutely necessary. The game breaks apart into two pieces when moving, and the bottom can be "curved" on its side around most door ways if they are narrow.
Advice on one of my pet peeves: If you get the standard model, the teams will come as Blue and Red. And the scoreboard will say Home and Away. That's kinda dumb. They don't match, and not intuitive when playing as to who you are. It is very confusing as a player trying to figure out if you are home and away, especially for newbies. Order a set of USA and a set of CANADA (or Russia) players decals, and the scoreboard decals that has USA/CANADA (or Russia). Put those on and it will be much better playing experience.
** Buy two extra gear boxes and a handful of extra pucks. The Big Stick players get their sticks tied up with the left defenseman from time to time and will strip out the gear boxes. Very easy fix. The pucks will get little burrs and chips on them over time. Pop a new puck in there like putting new balls in your pinball when they start showing wear.
** To make your ice surface slide like true ice, wipe it down with some Pledge spray furniture polish. The puck will glide and keep game flowing fast.
** Don't use Windex to clean the dome. Use Novus 1.
** Don't even consider any other brand..Shelti, etc. No other dome hockey compares to Super Chexx....spend the money confidently and you will have a great game for decades Very low maintenance.
Bubble On!!! Keep us posted on what you get!