Quoted from per3per3:
I will be potentially joining these esteemed club over the weekend and am scheduled to look at a local TFTC for sale tomorrow. It would be my first Data East and I was hoping that folks can provide me suggestions of what to focus on as I inspect and play the game prior to purchase. Any particular problem areas I should be aware of? Any advice would be appreciated. Feel free to PM me or just respond to the thread.
Thanks and enjoy your weekends!
As with any DE pin - the weak link is the power supply board - give it a good looking over for repair work - burnt connectors, etc. Check the MPU for battery damage - DE MPU's are the easiest pins in the world to NVRAM - so battery damage is just ridiculously avoidable....super VUK - agree with - that was a problem area for my TFTC - easy to adjust/rebuild...check to see if it has the latest ROM's - easy to swap either way - but a vast improvement in game play with them....make sure the tombstone is working well, check for playfield wear around the scoop/pop bumpers....the usual fare...