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.