Hey pinsiders...first post but have been on the forums before. An opportunity has come to finally purchase my first now that I have my own space. I have been in love with pinball for at least 20 years so this is pretty cool to me!
I have been looking around CL for something to catch my eye, I really want a Bride of Pinbot but they are hard to find cheap and in decent shape around here. HSII: The Getaway was another one on my radar but they go fast.
F-14 Tomcat pops up, another Steve Ritchie. It's within my budget (around $1000). I have never seen or played this one so it got me interested. I checked reviews and background on the game, a lot of people like it and a lot of people hate it. Has some common issues but hopefully they aren't too hard to fix.
Checked out the game today, met the owners; grandparents who won it in a fundraiser in 1989! They have had it in their home ever since, their kids and kid's kids grew up playing it. It has never has seen commercial use. Very unusual these days! That being said, it has seen a ton of use. And has some wear/issues.
One owner, home use
All new rubber
All lights work as far as I can tell, including crisp displays
Plays great (kickback and flippers are strong) with one exception (see The bad)
Has owners manual
Has service receipts (last one in 1998 but has recent undocumented work)
Backglass access panel not opening properly
Center jet bumper is not activating (owner claims possible contact corrosion)
Playfield is dirty, mylar is peeling and bubbled almost everywhere (affects gameplay)
Main ball launch, kickback, rear loop areas have excessive playfield wear (though the other common spots are not worn)
May need some switch adjustments
Playfield glass has a few minor scratches, minor chip in a corner
Minor scratches/scuffs to cabinet in a few areas, chipped wood underneath coin box side
Drilled hole on right side of coin box (seems to be functional to something but I'm too new to know why)
Ad claims it to be appraised for $1200 but they are asking $995. I will pick this one up for the right price, what is a fair offer?
Here is the ad URL: lasvegas.craigslist.org/tag/5198669434.html
Thanks for the welcome!