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Xenon - CPR saves a dog.

By SunKing

7 years ago

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  • 24 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 7 years ago by SunKing
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#1 7 years ago


I'm a sucker for the late 70's early 80's pins. I knew I'd eventually have Xenon in my collection, and signed up when CPR announced the recent run. Problem was, I didn't have a Xenon.

I placed Pinside WTB adds, posts, ebay and CR.. Nada. Finally bid on a dog on ebay - won for $110. No backglass, shot playfield, crappy/missing boards...yada yada. I paid 3x more in shipping to get it from Florida to Houston.

However, I found a mint BG, a nice coin door, got my CPR playfield and plastics, Alltek boards. All told I'm into this thing about $2,000 in parts alone. WOOOOHOOO!! Yeah, I'm WAY upside down! ....probably.. who cares.

At midnight tonight I turned 50. I'm drinkin', and playing pinball. Still breathing, healthy. Kids and wife are asleep, life is grand.

Xenon was playing soooo good tonight. I've got everything tuned up and it's playing FAST. Just working on a few pesky lights, misc cosmetic issues... Just thought I'd share... Enjoy.

#2 7 years ago

Rock on!

#3 7 years ago

Here's the original playfield....eww.

#4 7 years ago

During assembly...

#5 7 years ago

awesome ..happy birthday too

#6 7 years ago

Looks nice. Happy 50th. A lot of pinball and drinking to be had

#7 7 years ago

Fantastic! Great work, enjoy!

#8 7 years ago

Happy Birthday and a great present to yourself!

Enjoy the fruits of your labor


#9 7 years ago

That mint BG fits the front of the backbox you know. Happy Birthday!

#10 7 years ago

Nice work, well done .....you must be proud.

#11 7 years ago

Happy birthday! Nice Xenon, don't sweat being underwater, if you love the game then it's worth it. (future Xenon owner here)

#12 7 years ago

Thanks guys. ...CPR should really get the credit. That playfield is gorgeous. It hurt me to see the first few dimples as I started playing on it the first time. But heck, I didn't go through all this effort to just look at it.


#13 7 years ago

man, that is some detailed artwork. i wish they still put that much effort into the newer games.

#14 7 years ago
Quoted from kursiv:

That mint BG fits the front of the backbox you know.

Hehehe - true. But I save that as my 'reward' from getting it done, and it's not done yet. Real close - but not yet. Also, the pin is in my garage/workshop, so I don't want to put the backglass on until it's in the house.

#15 7 years ago

I should also thank Marco, GPE and Cointaker. Lots and lots of new parts...


#16 7 years ago

Congrats! That is one fine machine!

#17 7 years ago

Congrats on making it to 50 - you're only as old as you let yourself feel.

#18 7 years ago

Way to go! Who gives a shizzle how much you've got into it!! So much fun when you're on the hunt!

#19 7 years ago

SunKing, what side of Houston are you on?

#20 7 years ago
Quoted from rccola777:

SunKing, what side of Houston are you on?

SW side - Sugar Land area (Sienna Plantation).

#21 7 years ago

Welcome to the 50+ and Xenon club!

#22 7 years ago

Looks amazing... Love it!

#23 7 years ago

Super nice!

#24 7 years ago

Super nice job! I am 51 and also love those old Bally games from the early 80s! Happy birthday!

#25 7 years ago

She looks nice and sweet....

1 month later
#26 7 years ago

Thought I'd share pics of the one I'm working on. I turned 50 in October so I know the feeling, Congrats on getting yours up and running!
xenon head 001.JPGxenon blue ramp 002.JPGxenon tube 006.JPG

#27 7 years ago

WOW! That is super nice! I like the blue ramp and the "Xenon" tube insert!

Well done all!


#28 7 years ago

Nice job on the restore. Have you ever watched the video of the women (sorry don't remember her name), that did the digital voice over? The equipment she had to use to do this is incredible. Boy have computers software come a long way.

#29 7 years ago

Welcome to Xenon

#30 7 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Welcome to Xenon
» YouTube video

What she essentially has assembled there is approximating a Moog analog synth at the time.

My Nord Stage 2 and Korg Kronos will do all of that stuff with a lot fewer patch cords. Lol. Makes me remember just how far synths have come.

#31 7 years ago

Yep - classic vid.

3 weeks later
#32 7 years ago

my eyes, they are blinded by the awesomeness of this restore!

1 week later
#33 7 years ago

If anyone is interested, I posted the complete (players level) restoration log with tons of pics on my website.




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