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So it turns out my F14 is a prototype...


By embryonjohn

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

I'm enjoying my 2nd Tomcat but I noticed its play, sounds and attract mode are different from my 1st. I started looking up some info on IPDB and it lists the differences and depicts the different domes, boards, insulated lamps, instruction card and so on & mine matches the prototype. Could someone tell me how early it was made and if it changes its value at all.
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#5 4 years ago
Quoted from pinball4ever:

Interesting.
According to Steve Ritchie (on IPDB) 10 prototypes were built, but there seems to be a number of games with prototype features making it confusing.
I have a prototype (with an "X" in the serial number) and it has different cabinet art than the production game. Your serial number seems to show a later game, but I have many of the differences you have on my game (clear beacons, "proto" stamped on the rom's, different sounds, instruction card).
Does your cabinet have the normal production art or the art that's missing the red stripes (and entirely different art on the sides of the head)? Also, what does it say on your speaker panel? Mine says "Williams Number 1 in the World". I believe the production games say "Williams Pinball #1 in the World".

It has normal cabinet art, says "#1 in the World" and says Proto 5 on the rom's.

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#7 4 years ago

Got it. insullated lamps, clear beacons, clear lamp flashers, 4 working flashers at the top of the playfield, early scorecards and Proto rom's & regular cabinet art = early production.

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