I have a Creature From the Black Lagoon and like so many others, the hologram motors are dead. I've spent several hours searching the interwebs for replacement options, as well as posts here on pinside and pinball parts vendors in specific, and haven't really found anything. I don't think the original manufacturer exists any longer or if they do they changed their name before the web was a thing.
In any case, what I have found is a source for a substitute that should work well. The main issue here is that it would be a custom order and most likely have a minimum. I believe such an arrangement would result in a drop-in replacement for the original motors. I haven't contacted the company yet to get a quote or anything. I think the ideal thing would be to get a bunch of these made and make them available to the usual suspects (marco, PBR, etc.) for people to purchase. I don't particularly want to be the single-source distributor for these things
Before I go down this path, did I miss an existing source for drop-in replacements? Otherwise, I need to gauge interest in having such a replacement made to determine if it's a viable solution. I suspect most of the 7000+ cftbl machines made don't have a fully-functional hologram, but that doesn't mean that we could muster enough interest for 14,000 motors either
I've added a poll for creature owners out there to help gauge interest. Thanks!