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(Topic ID: 81857)

Williams speaker panel grills For Sale


By winslow

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

I'm in the process of restoring a bunch of Williams games - Robotron, Joust, Joust 2, Varkon and Stargate. All of them had problems with the speaker panel grill - cracked, holes busted into them, faded, etc. I went ahead and had a bunch of reproduction grills produced to fulfill my own needs and it just made sense to make extras.

These powder coated black steel mesh grills are custom bent to exactly fit the original Williams speaker panel found on Robotron, Joust, Joust 2, Stargate and Varkon, too. I believe they will also fit Moon Patrol, Mystic Marathon, Sinistar, Inferno and Blaster although I have not confirmed these titles for proper fit. I believe that Defender used a different sized grill.

The mesh pattern on these are almost an identical match to the original Williams plastic grills installed back in the early 80's. Most of those are horribly faded, brittle and very delicate today. These grills are made of steel and will never crack or break. They make your cabinet look incredible. I've included a bunch of pictures showing original grills next to the reproduction and before and after shots of my Robotron.

I'm selling these for $40.00 each + $15.00 shipping within the USA. Paypal is accepted as a gift only at winslow@earthlink.net. Be sure to include a note with your payment specifying what you are buying and include your ship to address.

Thanks for looking.

Regards,

Steve Winslow

#2 6 years ago

Steve,

FYI.. I could not get your pic link to work.

#3 6 years ago

You have to us proper HTML to make that link work, it's auto-shortening, but don't bother, just upload the photo directly to Pinside, there's no need to host it externally.

#4 6 years ago

Crap. Sorry about that. Here are the pictures:

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#5 6 years ago

Those look great! Sent you a payment.

#6 6 years ago

Thanks. All the orders received should be going out by the end of the week.

#7 6 years ago

Just an update here on the progress with these. Since starting this project and with the help of other collectors I've identified and obtained the 3 different sizes of grills that Williams used for all the variants of their early cabinets. All 3 will be available very soon. They are:

Robotron / Joust size (large)
Sinistar / Moon Patrol size (small)
Defender size (extra large)

These should be available to ship in about a week. All orders received already will be shipping tomorrow and early next week. Thanks for all the interest and tremendous support from everyone. Once I have all the versions of these I'll take more pictures and update this this thread.

Regards,

Steve

#8 6 years ago

Op, may want to edit original post to show "Williams Videogame speaker panel grills For Sale" had me going for a moment.

#9 6 years ago

Actually, Varkon uses the same speaker panel and its a pinball!

It's reaching - I know!

#10 6 years ago

Looks like the Varkon that just went up for sale could use one of these!

These are so commonly broken that I'm always surprised to find one that ISN'T broken.

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#11 6 years ago

Defender grills and Sinistar/Moon Patrol/Bubbles grills are now in stock!

These came out great. Like the Robotron / Joust grills, these are heavy duty, black powder coated steel. They're custom bent and fit perfectly on the speaker panel used in the upright cabinets. They may also fit Make Trax games (unconfirmed). I'll be installing one on my buddy's Sinistar soon and will take pictures of it on the game. These pictures compares the old with the new both the Defender grill and Sinistar grill are shown.

These are $40.00 each and $15.00 to ship within the USA. You can PayPal winslow@earthlink.net (gift preferred or add fees). International shipping or multiple orders will require a shipping quote.

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Thanks for looking.

#12 6 years ago
Quoted from Patofnaud:

Op, may want to edit original post to show "Williams Videogame speaker panel grills For Sale" had me going for a moment.

Any chance of making some of these? You'll need a silkscreen of the logo, but I'd be in for few sets if so...
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#13 6 years ago

It could be done but it would also require a licensing agreement from PP or BAA.

#14 6 years ago

These came out great. Like the Robotron / Joust grills, these are heavy duty, black powder coated steel. They're custom bent and fit perfectly on the speaker panel used on Defender upright cabinets. I'll be installing one on my buddy's Defender soon and will take pictures of it on the game. This picture compares the old with the new.

These are $40.00 each and $15.00 to ship within the USA. You can PayPal winslow@earthlink.net (gift preferred or add fees). International shipping or multiple orders will require a shipping quote.

Sinistar, Moon Patrol, Bubbles, Joust and Robotron grills are also available.

Thanks for looking.

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#15 6 years ago
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Any chance of making some of these? You'll need a silkscreen of the logo, but I'd be in for few sets if so...

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Rick at PPS and I are working these as we speak. Pm me if you're interested

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#16 6 years ago

Bump for the vidiots in the crowd!

2 months later
#18 6 years ago

I purchased one of these a few weeks ago. It is so nice, I decided it can't go in to my beat-up cabinet. So now I am building a new cabinet. Great product, fast shipping, well packaged.

8 months later
#19 5 years ago

A second run of these speaker grills are available and shipping now. $40 + $15.00 shipping within the CONUS.

You can Paypal as a gift to winslow@earthlink.net. Be sure to include a note with your payment specifying what you're buying (for which game) and include your mailing address. They will go out the next day.

Please PM me for a shipping quote for multiple orders or International shipping.

#20 5 years ago

Sorry, just to confirm the sizes available:

1. Joust / Robotron / Stargate / Varkon

2. Moon Patrol / Sinistar / Bubbles

3. Defender

1 month later
#21 5 years ago

These have been selling fast but some are still available. I'm sure there are many pinball folks with classic Williams video games, too! Get them now!

#22 5 years ago

Wanted to give a heads up to anyone on the fence about getting these...I got 2, 1 for my Varkon, and 1 for a Robotron I'm restoring the cabinet for. They are AWESOME!!! When I restored my Varkon, the speaker grill was busted, and had been replaced with a smaller speaker cover. It never looked right and I thought about making 1 myself, but could never find the right material to make it out of. When I saw that Steve had done the "hard" part I figured I'd give them a try...WOW!! I'm glad I did, they are a perfect fit. it lined up perfectly, the holes are pretty much exactly the same as the original ones, and I was even able to use the original staples I pulled out of the old 1 to tack the new one on. These are a little heavier material than the original panel, so they can't have anything poked through them like the originals! My Varkon looks GREAT now! I like to try to keep most of my games as original as possible, and I think it would be hard to tell this isn't the original panel.
Steve was great to deal with, the panels were packaged really well, and they arrived safe and quickly! I am excited about getting the Robotron finished and back in the line up, cause I know it will look just as nice as Varkon does!
Great job Steve!! These are awesome!!
Thanks for making them!
Phoebe

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#23 4 years ago

So glad they worked out good for you Phoebe! I know your restorations are top notch so these would definitely complement a nicely restored cabinet. Thanks for the positive feedback! Hope you are doing well.

Steve Winslow

#24 4 years ago

Just wanted to say I picked one of these up recently and just got it installed the other day in a defender cab, and it looks fantastic! It was shipped quickly and packaged very well! Thanks again Steve!

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