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Ooga Booga, finally joining the Congo line.


By Frax

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Made the mistake of attending a tournament last year where there was one of these that played awesome, got hooked on it. Sound and gameplay is awesome, so started keeping an eye out. Finally found one on saturday off craigslist. Seller was great to work with, held the machine for a few hours so we could get from Dallas to Austin to get it after I got off work (to be fair, I told him I would buy it only 30 minutes before I left work!), and didn't sell it out from under us after getting a few calls on it after we had already committed. The guy was all class all the way, even went to the trouble to write up a bill of sale in duplicate for us before we got there. We hit traffic on the way, and basically lost a good 45 minutes in Temple, with google navigation having us highway surf the on and off ramps to bypass quite a good chunk of it.

Of course, game was upstairs, which seems to be a prerequesite for any good find for us lately, thankfully between my wife, him, and me, we were able to manhandle it down the stairs. The U-turn on the landing in the middle was really tight with the game strapped to my big wheeled harbor freight dolly. Probably would've been SOL if it was a widebody game. Not even sure how on earth they got it up there in the first place.

Game looked pretty decent from the pics, cab didn't look faded or anything, game worked. Price was right at what I wanted to spend, kids were out of the house and my wife was around to help, perfect timing to go get it. Got out there, looked way better than I was expecting. Couldn't find any broken plastics, only wear I could see at all was on the mystery hole, smallish area on the right side. Cabinet has vinyl damage from the legs but thankfully no wrinkling...pincabs should cover it. One area on the front with a small missing section, maybe 1/4"x 1" or so. Could be a LOT worse. Haven't seen enough Congos to make a real judgement call, but would guess the cab is mostly unfaded.

Playfield window was nice and hazy, pulled the underside mech last night (only 4 nylon nuts? All the wires on molex plugs? Really? Man...the williams guys were the bomb!). Cleaned the lower PF, the window, novused both sides of the window, and now it looks great. One of the prior owners also put a ton of colored incandescent bulbs and flashers in the game, I think it looks amazing. I've never really had access to colored incandescent before, it's a lot more subtle than LEDs, especially on the flashers, but I really like it.

Biggest issue topside of the playfield is the wireform pieces from the ramps..I need other Congo owners to verify this, but mine seem to be all nicked up? I didn't really see this until I cleaned one with Brasso and then it was apparent that it wasn't just dirt. Honestly, it kinda fits the theme for them to be nicked like that, but I can't really see it being factory, and worse, some of the nicks seem to be on ball roll paths, which I'm concerned will ultimately scratch up balls. It's not a huge deal to send them off to be re-plated, was just wondering if this is a common "thing" for Congo. The rest of the PF is so nice, if slightly dirty, it's just very uneven for wireforms to be in that shape all things considered.

All the plastics seem to be intact, the Amy ramp and volcano ramp seem very sturdy *knock on wood*. Gotta get the cliffys and clean up the rest of the playfield, but I'm excited. This is our first WPC95 game as well. It plays great...just needs a good cleaning and waxing, really. Oh, and headbolts. Needs those too.

Have pics but are on phone so will have to get them uploaded.

#2 6 years ago

Congratulations , one of my favorite games too .

#3 6 years ago

My wireforms were not nicked and my game had been on location for part of it's life. The gold color had tarnished and when i cleaned them with brasso, they lost a lot of the gold/brass color. some day I will get around to having them re-bronzed perhaps. but no nicks. Congrats on you score..

#4 6 years ago

Here we go...

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#5 6 years ago

Probably humidity. It may have been on location in a laundromat.

Replate the wireforms, and regrain the metal ball guides and you should be set.

#6 6 years ago

Welcome to the club, and please rescue that game from the colored GI! Congo is green enough with plain old warm white GI.

#7 6 years ago

Congrats on a great game!

#8 6 years ago

Nice looking congo. Cab looks great. Congrats

#9 6 years ago

Tried to trade with the guy who had it but to no avail. 2k is a pretty good deal for a congo.

#10 6 years ago

amy amy good gorilla.

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from swampfire:

Welcome to the club, and please rescue that game from the colored GI! Congo is green enough with plain old warm white GI.

Dammit man, I thought it looked nice. Went home, played one game on it and now all I can see are green gorillas. F--!

#12 6 years ago

HIPPOS!!!

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from Frax:

Dammit man, I thought it looked nice. Went home, played one game on it and now all I can see are green gorillas. F--!

Well at least you don't have little green men on your slings

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from swampfire:

Welcome to the club, and please rescue that game from the colored GI! Congo is green enough with plain old warm white GI.

Congo is by far and away one of the nicest looking pins out there decked out in LED's.

#15 6 years ago

Hey, no stealing pins from Austin area!

(unless you are buying ones I'm selling...)

Congrats, hope you find some room!

#16 6 years ago

Congo is just one of those underrated (and increasingly rare) pins. Enjoy it...the Amy voice isn't nearly as annoying as some people say it is, and "playing ball" with her is my favorite part of the game (aside from the erupting volcano). Speaking of which, throw a Pinbits STTNG shaker motor in there so you can FEEL when the volcano goes off. You can thank me later.

#17 6 years ago

Brass wireform ramps???....my wireforms has what looks like a yellow powered coating that I thought was factory.

#18 6 years ago

I don't find any of the callouts annoying, at all..

Every time the actor who's been in a million movies is talking about the HERO-glyphs, I laugh a bit. I find the Amy voice pretty amusing. "Player 2 good!"

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from cartert:

Brass wireform ramps???....my wireforms has what looks like a yellow powered coating that I thought was factory.

Post pics. Sounds like they are modded. Mine are brass colored.

#20 6 years ago

I had all my Congo original wire forms re-plated earlier this year at a local shop. You can see from the pics they are pretty tarnished and didn't shine at all. Once I tried using Brasso on my main TOTAN fireball wireform to clean it up and make it shine until it started turning silver!! The actual finish was actually rubbing off! Good thing it was near the top so I stopped immediately.

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The total cost to re-plate was a $125 minimum charge by the shop but that no only covered Congo but I stripped all the wireforms off my Shadow, Theatre of Magic and Tales of the Arabian Nights too. The turn around time was around 2 weeks and I dropped it off before I left for vacation to keep my pinball OCD under control

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#21 6 years ago
Quoted from swampfire:

Well at least you don't have little green men on your slings

I tried some frosted green cointaker in the GI but it was just too much, so I switched to Frosted Warm Whites.

#22 6 years ago

you can go left or you can go right! diamonds, hippos, gorillas, and a bigass volcano ramp! whats not to like. congrats on your congo you will love it!

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#23 6 years ago
Quoted from jayhawkai:

Post pics. Sounds like they are modded. Mine are brass colored.

Yellow wire ramps. Was like this when purchased. Really like the way it looks. IMG_1665.jpg

#24 6 years ago

That's different..

#25 6 years ago

Anyone know the proper orientation of the spotlight mounted to the volcano? I have seen it pointed towards Amy, the Backboard and the volcano.

#26 6 years ago

I've got mine pointed at the volcano with a red LED. I installed another one on Amy's hand with a blue spot facing Amy. I've seen them with one or two spots and different orientations. I think it's all up to you!

#27 6 years ago

Game has been cleaned up, waxes, and thproudly degreened as much as possible until I ran out of regular 44s.

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#28 6 years ago

Looks very nice!! Good Job.

#29 6 years ago

Can't wait to play this Sunday.

#30 6 years ago

THAT is how a Congo is supposed to look. Very nice, sir.

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