(Topic ID: 214675)

MB's playfield... original restored or repro?

By the-ace

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Hi, at the moment I'm doing a restoration of my Monster Bash.
The playfield needs some work, so I'm not sure if I want to send the playfield to get restored or to replace it with a repro.
In the past, I've bought a repro playfield by mirco at www.highclasspinballs.com for my Funhouse and I was really happy with the quality.

My question is: how much will a repro playfield affect the value ($) of the restored pinball machine?
Will the repro playfield turn my MB a difficult machine to sell, because the pf will be no more original?

Thanks for your answers

#2 1 year ago

Some people will want original, others won't care - it just depends on how picky the potential buyer is.

#3 1 year ago

As a side note, I do have a Micro MB - and I'm quite happy with it. I'm not a purist; just a satisfied customer.

#4 1 year ago

Thanks for both answers
jfesler --> Is there a difference between the original playfield and the one of Mirco or is the reproduction almost perfect? Gems and other parts are almost the same?

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from T7:

Some people will want original, others won't care - it just depends on how picky the potential buyer is.

I think you do run across playfields that are beyond restoration, or at least a restoration is effectively creating a new playfield. In those cases, a reproduction just seems like the right move. My original BoP was so destroyed that it would be an obscene repair, so I got a marvelous repro and it works beautifully. I have a CPR TOTAN repro in my TOTAN, and honestly, comparing to the original, you'll be hard pressed to notice the difference. I have never had a Mirco but I've heard good things.

One thing to bear in mind is that the original process, while great, was often flawed. I've seen original 90's era playfields with their registration off or other issues. Sometimes a repro is better than the original.

Not all repros put the same level of effort into clearcoating, though. YMMV.

#6 1 year ago

In most cases. original > Repro. people want original because vintage = more $$$. But that's not to say people won't pay good money for something not original. I know a guy who does a great job on repair and fixing up machines.

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