(Topic ID: 127074)

Manufacturing Quality Data East vs Williams Bally

By whthrs166

4 years ago

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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by mrgone
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    #1 4 years ago

    I got a shock the other day when I went to pick up a pin dolly advertised on Craig's List. The guy told me on the phone that he also had a Checkpoint for $500. Of course that raised the junk flag immediately. I have never owned a Data East machine and I had to do some quick research on the Checkpoint. Value, game rating, how many produced ect... I was a bit taken back on how much that game was getting on the market and it seemed to be a pretty fun game at glance. Since I have only collected Williams Bally I have never been interested in a Data East machine and I new nothing about them til now. I went over to this guys storage unit. The dolly was in good shape so I picked it up for $100. The Check Point was all folded up and wrapped with plastic. We unwrapped it and I layed it down on the dolly. When I went to pick up the back box the box just fell apart In pieces. The machine must have been dropped in shipping. The shocking part was that the entire back box was just glue and staples. No bolts, crappy joints really poor quality. I guess if you have a Data East machine you don't want to bang it around much. I could see maybe if there was water damage but there was no indication of that. I must say that Williams Bally knew how to build a machine!

    #2 4 years ago

    Just saying, if you limit yourself to B/W titles, then you're going to miss out on a lot of fun pinball!

    #3 4 years ago

    Ive had a TFTC and had zero issues with it. I would buy another DE title without worry.

    #4 4 years ago

    If the rest of the game is o.k. buy it . Pick up some corner brackets and wood screws and wood glue. Then put the head back together. For $500 it's worth a shot. Joe

    #5 4 years ago

    I'm a little surprised you can draw a conclusion with a sample size of just 1 (who knows what that machine has been through). But it's ok - Data East machines will remain affordable because of this. Those of us "in the know" will continue to get a great bang for the buck from these well made and fun machines.

    #6 4 years ago

    you pay $100 for a pinball machine and you're complaining

    #7 4 years ago
    Quoted from jrush2112:

    you pay $100 for a pinball machine and you're complaining

    READ: He bought the "Dolly" for $100, NOT the Pin

    Quoted from whthrs166:

    The dolly was in good shape so I picked it up for $100.

    5 months later
    #8 3 years ago

    Data East machine because of Japan Manufacturer are most mini games oriented instead of ball flow ( tales of crypt, jurassic park ).

    #9 3 years ago

    Well Data East come with a rubber Bungie cord so umm...yeah.

    #10 3 years ago

    I've owned a GNR, TFTC, and a Time Machine. All played great. The only issues I have with DE are that the pops always seem less responsive than Williams, and the kickouts seem weak. All 3 pins had those "issues" if you will, so I know it's a common DE thing.

    Regardless, all 3 pins are fun as hell to play.

    #11 3 years ago

    I have owned 2 data east games. Wafer and lw3
    Both fun and priced right. I would own more.

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