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REWARD OFFERED: WW Speaker Panel Lost at Expo


By RyanClaytor

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Hi Guys,

I'm pretty distraught over here. I just unpacked my car from Expo and my Whirlwind speaker panel did not make it home.

I brought it wrapped in cardboard with my contact information on it that read like this:

Ryan Claytor
WW Speaker Panel
www.ElephantEater.com <--(If Lost)

I know this is a long shot, but did anyone happen to find this? I have a memory of putting it back in my car on Friday morning so that I would have less to bring downstairs on Saturday when I left for good. (Got Chris Granner to sign it on Thursday night.)

HELP PLEASE,
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

Post edited by moderator: Title change.

#3 6 years ago

More information: If found, it has a signature of Chris Granner, in silver sharpie, on the left side between the score display windows and the speaker itself. His signature runs kinda diagonally on a couple lines so that it would fit.

Bases covered: I have already called the Westin to see if by chance I left it in my room (or anywhere else in the hotel). They said they'd give me a call back after talking with housekeeping. I also called all my buddies to make sure it didn't inadvertantly end up in their Expo stash. No dice. I've triple and quadruple checked my car. Nada.

Any information would be appreciated. My favorite pin is in pieces.

#4 6 years ago

Update: Hotel just called me and confirmed that it was not left in my room.

The search continues...

#5 6 years ago

Oh my...I feel ill seeing this.

Come on Expo-Goers! Someone had to have run across this!!

His contact info is RIGHT on it!

Good luck, man. Hoping for a speedy return...

#6 6 years ago

Man I hope it turns up soon. Good luck Ryan.

#7 6 years ago

Oh no, I hope someone finds it.

#8 6 years ago

Hope this turns out ok.

I hate thinking you're amongst thieves at these sorts of shows. Hopefully someone mistakenly took it.

Good luck in the search.

#9 6 years ago

His game is unplayable without it, and it was the first game he ever bought (and his favorite).

I'll offer a reward if it is returned safely.

Pete

#10 6 years ago

Title change.

Let's make this happen.

#11 6 years ago

I would like to add to the reward if you don't mind Pete.

#12 6 years ago

I am sorry to read about this, but wouldn't it make sense at this point to purchase a reproduction/replacement and have Chris sign it?

A little bit of charity for Ryan should be easy enough. I believe that Ryan has a few friends here.

I am almost certain that it wont be recovered at this point.

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from EEE:

Wouldn't it make sense at this point to purchase a reproduction/replacement and have Chris sign it?
A little bit of charity for Ryan should be easy enough. I believe that Ryan has a few friends here.
I am almost certain that it wont be recovered at this point.

That's plan B.

I'm hoping for Plan A to come through....I'm one heck of an optimistic dude.

Pete

#14 6 years ago

I hope this was not it but you said any info would be great... I didn't actually see it but I was in a car load going to Terry's party and someone said they saw a pinball speaker panel flying out of a car or off of it like maybe it was left on top or something on the highway? Like I said I hope this wasn't you but did you have it and go to Terry's party and then not have it? We thought about turning around and trying to get it but the traffic was too heavy. Anyway I'm just bringing it up because it was strange for that to happen and then strange for you to say you're missing one. I hope it's unrelated and you find it...

#15 6 years ago

I'd kick in for a replacement if it comes to that.

#16 6 years ago
Quoted from dankme:

didn't actually see it but I was in a car load going to Terry's party and someone said they saw a pinball speaker panel flying out of a car or off of it like maybe it was left on top or something on the highway?

This sounds very Ryan-like.

As in, he put it on the top of the car, forgot about it, and drove down the highway.

I'll ask him some questions about the last time he remembers seeing the panel FOR SURE.

Pete

#17 6 years ago

Yeah I think we left around 1PM on Friday from the Westin to go to Terry's so it could be...

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from pmWolf:

This sounds very Ryan-like.
As in, he put it on the top of the car, forgot about it, and drove down the highway.
I'll ask him some questions about the last time he remembers seeing the panel FOR SURE.
Pete

That would suck...

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from dankme:

I didn't actually see it but I was in a car load going to Terry's party and someone said they saw a pinball speaker panel flying out of a car or off of it like maybe it was left on top or something on the highway?

Quoted from pmWolf:

This sounds very Ryan-like.

I would not put it past me to do this. After searching high and low, it's one of the theories I feared may be the case. I was juggling a lot of parenting goodies for my young son (consequently I'm chronically absent-minded in recent days), so in short, it's entirely possible.

I left to Terry's around 10:40am from Expo. I left to Expo from Terry's about 2:30 or 3pm. Not sure if that jives with your timeline or not, but again, I'm not ruling anything out at this point.

In other news, I'm blown away by the generosity of everyone here regarding rewards/replacement/etc. I don't feel worthy and certainly wouldn't ask for any of it. If this doesn't turn-up, I'm really not leaning toward theft as the culprit, but rather my own scattered-brain. So, really, if it comes to it...I'd rather receive your help in the way of FINDING a replacement WW speaker panel, which I'd be happy to pay for and then schlep it back to Expo again in the future for Chris to sign. (Ha-ha! ...sigh.)

Sincerest thanks,
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

#20 6 years ago

I see one for sale on EBAY
ebay.com link » Williams Whirlwind Pinball Machine Display Speaker Panel Assy

#21 6 years ago
Quoted from BenetBoy78:

I see one for sale on EBAY
ebay.com link ยป Williams Whirlwind Pinball Machine Display Speaker Panel Assy

If that one was signed by Granner, I was going to go bonkers.

#22 6 years ago

Well Ryan, if it got carried away by wind blowing off your car (you get the picture), that seems appropriate in a dark humor sort of way.

Oh, and I am willing to chip in to the replacement fund.

#23 6 years ago
Quoted from EEE:

Oh, and I am willing to chip in to the replacement fund.

I'm in!

#24 6 years ago
Quoted from BenetBoy78:

I see one for sale on EBAY

Oh, wow! That actually looks like it's in pretty good shape...and original? (I've seen some repros that look like the yellow is kinda washed-out and wimpy.) If there's no word on that rumored side-of-the-road mishap in a couple days, I'll probably jump on that listing. Just don't go out-bidding me, guys!

Thanks, BenetBoy78!!!

Quoted from pmWolf:

If that one was signed by Granner, I was going to go bonkers.

That would have been choice. Maybe you could have banned him from eBay. KIDDING...kidding, Mr. Moderator. (PleaseDon'tBanMe. )

Quoted from EEE:

Well Ryan, if it got carried away by wind blowing off your car (you get the picture), that seems appropriate in a dark humor sort of way.

*LOL* Oh, irony.

Quoted from EEE:

A little bit of charity for Ryan should be easy enough.

Quoted from pmWolf:

I'll offer a reward if it is returned safely.

Quoted from Rock914:

I would like to add to the reward if you don't mind Pete.

Quoted from Aurich:

I'd kick in for a replacement if it comes to that.

Quoted from EEE:

Oh, and I am willing to chip in to the replacement fund.

I can't express how much all your support means. While a new(used) speaker panel will not be a welcome cost to incur, I wouldn't feel right taking money from my friends and fellow pinball community members when it's entirely possible this fiasco was my own fault. A replacement panel for less than $100 won't break me. ...in fact, it'll probably be a good learning lesson for me to keep my head in the game at all times. (Difficult when sleep is often compromised by my adorable son, but something to strive for. )

...I mean, c'mon, how can you be upset at this little dude:

owenRyanCPX.jpg

Proud (albeit sleepy) Papa,
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

#25 6 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

when it's entirely possible this fiasco was my own fault.

We KNOW this fiasco was all your fault.

It still doesn't make me want to stop helping you, though.

Pete

#26 6 years ago

he is a cute little turd!

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#27 6 years ago

I have a used one that you can have. Shoot me a pm if you want it. It is complete and in fair condition.

#28 6 years ago
Quoted from alleycat-pinball:

I have a used one that you can have. Shoot me a pm if you want it. It is complete and in fair condition.

Uhm...wow. PM most definitely sent. Thanks so much for the offer, alleycat-pinball.

Humbled again,
Ryan

#29 6 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

I wouldn't feel right taking money from my friends and fellow pinball community members

It would be our pleasure and All Part Of The Fun!

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#30 6 years ago

Update: Thanks to alleycat-pinball, my Whirlwind is complete once again!

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My son and I made a couple hour drive to pay him a visit, play his impressive collection, and pick up that gifted speaker panel. Unsurprisingly, he was an extremely nice guy and it was great to meet another friend in the hobby. Alleycat-pinball refused to accept payment so I loaded him up with a 3-pack of my latest shirt designs (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ryan-claytor-illustrated-shirtsjust-in-time-for-expo) and handed him a couple of my recent books, too. Just wanted to let everyone know that this story turned out well in the end, Alleycat is one of the good guys, and my Whirlwind is again whole...just in time for our house-warming party today. Finally, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of EVERYONE on this thread.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

#32 6 years ago

I'll agree - Alleycat is a great guy ! And wow what a collection he has !

#33 6 years ago
Quoted from alleycat-pinball:

I have a used one that you can have. Shoot me a pm if you want it. It is complete and in fair condition.

Attaboy AlleyCat!
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#35 6 years ago

Now THIS is what Pinside is all about. Good on you AllyCat.

#36 6 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Update: Thanks to alleycat-pinball, my Whirlwind is complete once again!

That's awesome!

Alleycat-pinball, you rock. If you PM me your address I'm gonna send you a free Pinside T-shirt (designed by none less than... Ryan )

#37 6 years ago

...and the beat goes on...

#38 6 years ago

AWESOME!!!

I know how you love that WWind Ryan! Glad it is complete again.

#39 5 years ago
Quoted from robin:

That's awesome!
Alleycat-pinball, you rock. If you PM me your address I'm gonna send you a free Pinside T-shirt (designed by none less than... Ryan )

Beat you to the punch, Robin.

Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Alleycat-pinball refused to accept payment so I loaded him up with a 3-pack of my latest shirt designs (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ryan-claytor-illustrated-shirtsjust-in-time-for-expo) and handed him a couple of my recent books, too.

...but maybe his wife wants one!

Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

#40 5 years ago

you blokes are the best

#41 5 years ago

I lost a Medieval Madness. anyone see it?

#42 5 years ago
Quoted from btw75:

I lost a Medieval Madness. anyone see it?

LOL - that's awesome!

Great job Alleycat. This community never ceases to amaze me.

#43 5 years ago

Hey guys, I wasn't looking for any recognition. I had the part laying around and had no need of it. I can imagine how frustrating this was for Ryan to get home and not to be able to find the panel. I was just glad I could help him out to get his Whirlwind back together.

And Robin ,Thanks for the offer but Ryan did give me a couple shirts so I'm all set.

Rob

#44 5 years ago
Quoted from btw75:

I lost a Medieval Madness. anyone see it?

When I was driving to Pinball Life I thought I saw an MM sliding off the side of the road. I could have easily stopped, but with the remakes coming I figured it was virtually worthless and did not stop. I just assumed that an owner had just learned of the remakes and in a fit of rage cut a strap or kicked it out a hatch. Could that have been yours?

-------------
Ryan, Glad things worked out. Youssi tends to attend Expo, perhaps you need his autograph on the replacement too. Lawlor and Pfutz would be harder.

I wonder if that panel is still there, it's not like IL mows all that often, although the likelihood that it is in good shape seems remote.

#45 5 years ago

For everyone losing MM's in this thread, my heart aches for you and I pray for their speedy recovery. Alas, I do not have a spare to return the kindness extended to me.

In other news, this story just keeps getting better and better. One of the design team from WW "caught WIND" <--(see what happened there) of this story and personally emailed me, offering to gift me with a WW PROTOTYPE speaker panel and have it signed by others in the crew. Since he hasn't chimed in here, I'll protect his anonymity.

For those curious, I thanked him profusely, but I already have Youssi and Lawlor's signature on my translite. Granner was my third signature (...and I guess it will be again, next year). Nevertheless, I didn't feel right accepting it after Rob was so kind as to gift me his.

Anyhow, just wanted to continue the thread with some more inspiring and unexpected updates.

Thanks, everyone!
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
http://www.ElephantEater.com

#46 5 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

of this story and personally emailed me, offering to gift me with a WW PROTOTYPE speaker panel and have it signed by others in the crew. Since he hasn't chimed in here, I'll protect his anonymity.

Oh my lord...that's AWESOME.

#47 5 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

One of the design team from WW "caught WIND" <--(see what happened there) of this story and personally emailed me, offering to gift me with a WW PROTOTYPE speaker panel and have it signed by others in the crew

NO WAY! That's cool, Ryan.

#48 5 years ago
Quoted from btw75:

I lost a Medieval Madness. anyone see it?

Check the roof of your vehicle?

Great job to everyone who helped in this post. Best read in a while on here.

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