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How to get a rare MC in Germany ....

Written by TomDK, published February 16th, 2013. 2 comment(s).

After I imported a GarageBand from the USA to Germany I found on ebay a nice Mystery castle from a well know coinop seller. he asked nearly 4000 Euro for this rare machine. Due a leck of money I offered BanzaiRun and Centaur in 1A restored condition, really perfect machines. But the seller was not interested cause in Germany is no big market for highclass pinball machines.
But on a phone call he told me, that he importet with this nice MC a second machine. But no pcb´s, no speakergrill, no dmd, several coils and switches missing.
So we did a swap, he got an nice renovated Black Rose from me and I picked up the trashy MC. Lucky me ... my imported GarageBand came with a full set of spare pcb´s , a speakergrill from a T2 was prepared to fit in Alvin G. and all othermissing parts found within 14 days within the net or from a friend who has several parts from Alvin G. The playfield had little wear, so I brished it and clearcoated it. After a big cleaning the MC became a beautifull machine. After some weeks Iit was ready to play: WOW .. what a pinball. I love it, it has more atmosphaere than MM. Great sounds, great illumination.

After a while I figured over r.g.p. out that some MC have 3 display roms, most machine (like mine) had only 2. With people from the USA, Italy and germany we were able after long long tries to burn a 3. ROM and now also my Alvin G Mystery castle has all animations !

This was my hardest task within pinball to get this 3. ROM to run. It was great how pinheads from different countries solfed this issue over the internet.

So now my MC stand between PP and Garageband. Its the heart of my small collection.


10 years ago

Great story, Tom! I had no idea you went through so much to get your Mystery Castle. Glad you were able to get everything you needed! The Rev 3 Roms really do complete this title.

10 years ago

I am so jealous. MC is at the top of my wishlist. Enjoy :)

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