(Topic ID: 274613)

Value of scratch builds from classic titles


By Bingovit

5 months ago



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  • Latest reply 5 months ago by snyper2099
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    Topic poll

    “How would you value scratch builds”

    • Way less valuable 5 votes
      14%
    • A little under an original game 2 votes
      6%
    • Exactly the same 7 votes
      19%
    • I’d rather buy an original game vs a scratch build 18 votes
      50%
    • It doesn’t matter to me who build it 4 votes
      11%

    (Multiple choice - 36 votes by 32 Pinsiders)

    #1 5 months ago

    Seeing all these topics with impressive games build from scratch, classic games like taf, TZ, MM, centaur,... and much others I was wondering the following:

    How would you value these games if they were to become for sale?

    Less valuable or the same or would you never like to own a scratch build game vs the original game?

    I will post my own opinion in the next few days and curious to hear yours!

    #2 5 months ago

    If done right with all new parts by the right person, with correct wire coloring, I would say more than an average original. If the original was pristine, it's another situation.

    #3 5 months ago

    Depends on the playfield. I would think that any knucklehead can assemble the cabinet and wiring from parts, but then you see posts from HEP speaking of poor dimpling on repro PF's which, unless you really "get" how a machine is supposed to be assembled, will get you a nice machine with stuck switch issues and poor shots. Nuisance issues are the worst.

    I just shopped a game that had a piss poor shot out of the left outlane ball saver because of bad factory work though so I guess it's par for the course.

    #4 5 months ago
    Quoted from slicknick13:

    . I would think that any knucklehead can assemble the cabinet and wiring from parts,

    The likelihood of your average person taking a cabinet and wiring harness off the shelf and correctly assembling it without extensive documentation or a completed unit to compare with is almost zero.

    #5 5 months ago

    If done by a pro in a beautiful mannner I’d rather have the “remake”

    #6 5 months ago
    Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

    The likelihood of your average person taking a cabinet and wiring harness off the shelf and correctly assembling it without extensive documentation or a completed unit to compare with is almost zero.

    For sure. People attempting scratch builds are probably not average though.

    #7 5 months ago

    If they are in the exact same condition, I would rather have the original. But see, that's not really even possible... We now have better restoration methods and standards than the original manufactures would have ever even dreamed. Tying to compare the two is pointless.

    When you spend thousands on a restoration now and you compare that to an original, they play absolutely nothing alike.

    I have always liked the original as it was found game that plays perfect but it's all just personal preference when asking questions like these.

    The price is set by the quality of the restoration so there really is not a blanket answer to your general question. Each game and restoration is unique. I just wish the general idiotic public pinball newbies realized all that when they list their barn find Earthshaker buried in dirt for 4 grand. They point to the restored one that got 5 grand and are like "well, it's worth at least 4 like this". When they actually just have a pile of parts worth no more than 500 bucks.

    Restored stuff certainly has helped to spread the pinball stupid among the general public.

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