(Topic ID: 252879)

Value of machines with HARDTOP installed?

By too-many-pins

39 days ago

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    “Value of machines with HARDTOP installed?”

    • Machine with a hardtop is worth about the same as a machine with a nice used playfield 47 votes
    • Machine with a hardtop is worth less than a nice used playfield. 52 votes
    • Machine with a hardtop is worth $200 more than a machine with a nice used playfield (basically just the cost of the hardtop) 34 votes
    • Machine with a hardtop is worth $500 more than a machine with a nice used playfield (cost + labor to install)) 30 votes
    • I wouldn't want a machine with a hardtop 47 votes
    • I love hardtops and wish all my machines had them 10 votes
    • You ask too many stupid questions 13 votes

    (233 votes)

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    #106 36 days ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    n many cases mylar gets dull not because of the surface, but because of the adhesive underneath. No amount of polishing can take that out.
    In the case of a painted hardtop that would be noticeable probably only in the insert areas or where there is no artwork.

    Hardtops don’t have adhesive over the inserts, so that is not an issue

    Quoted from Tsskinne:

    Flash Gordon has been at my location for 6 months now with hardtop. I've legitimately had top ranked players not know it was a hardtop until I told them. I don't think it plays much different in general, it looks great, and it is holding up amazingly on location. Anyway if anyone wants to come play on feel free to check it out at North End Pub in Lafayette, IN it isn't going anywhere.

    Similar experience. I took my hardtop Flash Gordon to Bat City Open 2019, a circuit event. Nothing but praise from the tournament players. Several said it was the best playing FG they’ve ever encountered. Most assumed it was just a restored/CPR playfield. Keep in mind, tournament players are notoriously picky about these things (god help you if you put super bands in a tournament). So yeah, my informal single blind experiment shows that no one notices any negative differences in playability, including some of the best players in the world.

    #117 35 days ago

    Before and after. Gee I dunno guys, did I increase the value?

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