Neon Signs Club- Show us your glow!


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3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    This thread is for posting pics and comments about neon lights in our game rooms.....No Dodge Neons please. I have had enough Dodge Neon ads while searching for signs on Craigs List.

    This is my only currently working neon light.... I was told it was in a Texas Roadhouse restaurant before I bought it off of a fellow CL buyer/seller.

    So.... lets see them. The more unique the better!

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    #2 3 years ago

    Here's a piece I bought years ago and it's the focal point of my game room. The tear drops animate down from the top. The story behind it can be read here - http://robertwinter.com/pinball/html/away_the_story.html

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    #3 3 years ago
    Quoted from RobertWinter:

    Here's a piece I bought years ago and it's the focal point of my game room. The tear drops animate down from the top. The story behind it can be read here - http://robertwinter.com/pinball/html/away_the_story.html

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    Nice post!

    Wow, thats intense. Very interesting. When I look at my gun neon I often think about my late father. He was big time into shooting sports and the neon was bought for our shared love of the hobby.

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    #4 3 years ago

    Ive been a neon glassblower for 30 years and still continue my trade.. I only have 1 in the games shed though.. here it is

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    #5 3 years ago

    Love that Gottlieb neon !!
    Here's a few of mine, all vintage neon with that nice soft glow. I've probably got a dozen neons scattered around here.

    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, Mi.
    269-979-3836

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    #6 3 years ago
    Quoted from Retropin:

    Ive been a neon glassblower for 30 years and still continue my trade.. I only have 1 in the games shed though.. here it is

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    AWESOME!

    #7 3 years ago

    Man, some of these signs are really cool! I want to get one someday for the pin room, but I can't decide what to get.

    It seems like all there is out there is sports and beer - two things that I don't want to advertise. Are there any good websites with a wide variety (already know the ones on eBay) of images??

    Typically, how much more are animated ones versus stationary images?

    Sorry about posting and not being in the club - I want help/opinions from you guys so I CAN join the club :D.

    #8 3 years ago

    Yeah I stay away from any beer, Coke, sports stuff totally. All too common and I want stuff you dont see everyday. All though I did make one exception for my Budweiser carrousel because its such a cool piece and I always like it. Again this is a original one, not the reproduction.

    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, Mi.
    269-979-3836

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    #9 3 years ago

    My mom is a HUGE fan of the Clydesdales, and she would love that!! Very cool piece, John!!!

    #10 3 years ago

    A few of mine neon signs and a couple non-neon...

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    #11 3 years ago

    image-489.jpgA few of mine.image-31.jpgimage-714.jpgimage-86.jpg

    #12 3 years ago

    Hi Newpinowner ( or anyone else looking for a neon sign)... many ( but not all) of the "off the shelf" neons you see around are manufactured in China and imported... if you want a neon sign for your games room etc, then go talk to your nearest neon manufacturer... they will be able to make you pretty much anything which means you can take your own design to them and have a truly unique piece that will last many many years.
    Over the last few years, LED has pretty much knocked the neon industry out of the water... inflated life expectancies and under stated power consumption has seen LED force many neon guys sell up shop and retire. Those that remain are there mainly because they love their trade and have found ways to continue.
    So want a sign???... Go see your neon man and support your home grown highly skilled craftsmen..Its they who will maintain and keep all these signs alive.. plus make you a sign that will give you pleasure for 20+ years.

    BTW.. Love that FUNHOUSE neon sign..... think ill go make me one!

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    #13 3 years ago

    We have our local neon guy do all kinds of cool stuff. (The china stuff i don't like.) Here's some examples. All are animated, though obviously you can't see that in the pictures. All are huge too, like 4 foot tall. He's working on two other custom neons for us now too.

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    This one is 5 feet long, huge also, but not animated.

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    #15 3 years ago

    I would love to get me a custom neon sign but I don't believe there are any neon shops anywhere close to me.

    #16 3 years ago

    I made friends with a guy from Hong Kong named Gu and I've been helping him with the wording on his auctions for a couple years now. Here are some of the signs he's sent me...
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    More here...
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    #17 3 years ago

    Here is mine, past and presentScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-13-10-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-02-22-16-56-38-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-08-27-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-07-26-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-06-59-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-04-02-18-22-43-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-04-02-18-22-43-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-05-05-19-37-19-1.jpg

    #18 3 years ago

    Some more.Screenshot_2014-03-12-23-09-06-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-09-57-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-15-22-1.jpgScreenshot_2014-03-12-23-15-01-1.jpg always looking to buy vintage neon signs and clocks.

    #19 3 years ago

    Always looking to buy vintage neon signs and clocks

    #20 3 years ago

    I've only got one, but for the most part neon doesn't appeal to me

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    #21 3 years ago

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    Here's mine, with a STERN & WILLIAMS on the way. Going to have a JERSEY JACK and SKITB one made as well.

    #22 3 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    We have our local neon guy do all kinds of cool stuff. (The china stuff i don't like.) Here's some examples. All are animated, though obviously you can't see that in the pictures. All are huge too, like 4 foot tall. He's working on two other custom neons for us now too.

    CHF... the long "Arcade" sign is very cool. Is that one 4' long. Is it single sided or double sided? Can you share what something like that would / did cost.

    Kerry

    #23 3 years ago

    so if you go to ebay you'll find that metal sign for like $20. but it's really small, like 15" tall. So i bought that and scanned it at 600 DPI, then increased the size to 4 foot tall. Gave the file to my vinyl shop, and they printed it and attached it to "dibond". That's an aluminum panel (double sided) with foam between the two layers, it's about 1/4" thick.

    at this point you could make it double sided. that would be easy. in photoshop just reverse the arrow and re-position the letters. then the vinyl guy could just print it and attach it to the other side of the dibond. i did not do that however, because i didn't need it to be double sided.

    now the new 4' tall metal sign goes to the neon guy. he makes a pattern and bends the neon to the color specifications desired. He animated the gold arrow part of the sign using an animation transformer, so the arrow blinks. the "arcade" portion of the sign is static, so that uses a different transformer. If you wanted the neon double sided, the neon guy would have needed to do a lot more work, and the transformer mounting would have been more of a challenge.

    total cost of the neon portion was $300. i forget what the vinyl guy charged me.

    #24 3 years ago

    Here is the Spiderman neon I made for my son a few years back.Spiderman.jpg

    #25 3 years ago

    cfh... that's great info. Thanks!
    Kerry

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from CoinTaker:

    Here is the spiderman neon I made for my son a few years back.

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    That is pretty cool.. my 5 yr old now wants me to make him one!

    #27 3 years ago

    I have an Electric Neon Clock as well, looking for #2 very soon.

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    #28 3 years ago

    A very good friend of mine gave me this one in our game room. I got 'Da Coach' from Goodwill.

    Brad

    #29 3 years ago

    I just picked this up a few weeks ago on St. Louis Craigslist. I can't think of a sign that better captures the idea of summer in St. Louis. Since hanging it in the game room, I haven't been able to stop looking at Craigslist for more neon signs. My wife supports this, because it is cheaper than buying more pinball machines. photo.JPG

    #30 3 years ago
    Quoted from Buckaroo65:

    I just picked this up a few weeks ago on St. Louis Craigslist. I can't think of a sign that better captures the idea of summer in St. Louis. Since hanging it in the game room, I haven't been able to stop looking at Craigslist for more neon signs. My wife supports this, because it is cheaper than buying more pinball machines.

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    That is a great sign, especially if you are a Cardinals fan!

    #31 3 years ago

    I have coke cola I will take some pics

    #32 3 years ago

    I like the one that says, "CHOP SUEY" lol

    #33 3 years ago
    Quoted from Buckaroo65:

    I just picked this up a few weeks ago on St. Louis Craigslist. I can't think of a sign that better captures the idea of summer in St. Louis. Since hanging it in the game room, I haven't been able to stop looking at Craigslist for more neon signs. My wife supports this, because it is cheaper than buying more pinball machines.

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    I want to like this, but the old english D tattooed on me won't let me.

    #34 3 years ago

    Ooooh, one I can participate in

    I only have 4, but I like them. The Yuengling and Williams neons are from Hong Kong, and sorry JeffF, you can really tell the difference in quality. Not knocking Gu or his work, but they just feel cheaper in comparison (and honestly, they cost a lot less as well, so for the price they are fine I guess).

    Anyway......

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    Chris

    #35 3 years ago
    Quoted from PEN:

    I want to like this, but the old english D tattooed on me won't let me.

    Come on, different league ...

    #36 3 years ago

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    #37 3 years ago
    Quoted from jfh:

    Come on, different league ...

    2006 World Series....

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    #38 3 years ago

    Beautiful stuff in this thread. Here's mine: I married my wife Liz twenty years ago. Her wedding present to me on the day was this neon. She designed it and had it made in a local shop (it's about 4 feet tall). It is a treasure in our collection. Yes, I was surprised!

    Don C.

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    #39 3 years ago
    Quoted from DayDay:

    I like the one that says, "CHOP SUEY" lol

    Thanks, that sign was a bitch to get, it was sealed with that really thick plastic window on the out side and bars on the inside, took me 2 hours to get that neon out as i had to remove the window then reseal it when i was done, coame out of a building in detroit on woodward ave. Great vintage signScreenshot_2014-02-22-17-01-47-1.jpg

    #40 3 years ago

    custom piece for my arcade

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    #41 3 years ago
    Quoted from Don_C:

    Beautiful stuff in this thread. Here's mine: I married my wife Liz twenty years ago. Her wedding present to me on the day was this neon. She designed it and had it made in a local shop (it's about 4 feet tall). It is a treasure in our collection. Yes, I was surprised!
    Don C.

    That's a keeper right there for sure! (and yes... I mean both the sign and the wifey!!!)

    Awesome sign!

    #42 3 years ago

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    #43 3 years ago
    Quoted from PEN:

    2006 World Series....

    I'm a Rockies fan. 2007 World Series.

    #44 3 years ago

    Adultes? Is that Latin?

    #45 3 years ago
    Quoted from SealClubber:

    Adultes? Is that Latin?

    I want to know why it looks like its blocking a door to some sort of dungeon.

    #46 3 years ago

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    #47 3 years ago
    Quoted from PEN:

    I want to like this, but the old english D tattooed on me won't let me.

    C'mon, we beat the Cards for the World Series in '68; Which I remember watching live.

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    #48 3 years ago

    Just got this one. It's animated (the word "bowl" does a randomized spelling.) It's a really big sign too, about 4 feet tall. It's near the ball bowler at the Ann Arbor pinball museum.

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    #49 3 years ago

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    #50 3 years ago

    I found this beauty at a arcade auction a few years ago! I still love it!

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