buying old arcade machines in the uk

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fergie_cannon
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hi folks, ive searched google and yahoo loads of times now for someone who is willing to sell old arcade machines in the uk but ive had no luck finding anyone. Do any of you know someone i could get in touch with? id especially like a street fighter one or two machine btw, cheerio!

davyK
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Website of UK arcade machine supplier

These people have just sold an Asteroids for £750

http://www.arcader.co.uk

mrCustard (not verified)
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In mainland the chances to find an original cabinet in a half reasonable state are pretty dire. Most Jamma compatible games were plonked in generic cabinets with 2nd rate monitors, awful joysticks and buttons that are suited more to a forklift. It only goes to show how unpopular arcade games have become.

That said, pretty much all TVs in Europe are RGB compatible, so building your own cabinet with a TV inside is a nice alternative. Or, do like I do, get a decent stick and TV and forget about the cabinet. Most bitmap games in Mame give a near perfect picture on this solution. I practice, I find playing with a proper stick and having a nice display contributes more to the actual arcade feeling than a cabinet. I'm sure it has to do with my height; i'm just a bit to tall to play most upright cabinets comfortably.

If you want to buy a cabinet for your home that's acutally comfortable to play, you could go for a Japanese sit down cabinet. Killercabs.com used to import them in the UK, but they don't seem to do that anymore, unfortunatly.

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fergie_cannon
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thanks for the advice so far

thanks for the advice so far guys, think i might go down the home made route!

davyK
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Getting original cabinets in

Getting original cabinets in the UK can be difficult, or at least pretty pricey. There are some people who supply them though....have a browse through Edge magazine for suppliers. (I have one contact I emailed a while back about an Asteroids cabinet - I'll post it when I find it.)

If you aren't desparate for an original cabinet then for versatility and durability you are probably better getting a cabinet built - there are lots of options for that from DIY , through kit, to the kind of thing Bill Loguidice got. Use google.co.uk and restrict your searches to pages from the UK and you'll find plenty of info.

Failing that you can go down the JAMMA route - get a generic cabinet (prices from £100) and then start buying PCBs for it - that isn't as pricy as you might think (from £10!). Go to www.consolepassion.co.uk for some PCB prices. Cheaper still are superguns - basically JAMMA cabinets in a box that connect to your TV and accept PCBs.

Matt Barton
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Flea Markets

I've never been to Europe, but I know that in the US that some of the larger flea markets sell old arcade machines. I went in one once in Tampa that had dozens and dozens of vintage arcade machines for sale. Some weren't in the best condition, but they all worked. It'd probably be easier to get one of the Street Fighter clones than an actual SF machine, but if you've got your heart set on that one...!

Look in the phone book for vending machine sales. They often handle videogames, too. You might also go to an arcade, or anywhere there is a Street Fighter II machine in operation, and look on the machine for some kind of sign or label from the company operating it (don't forget to check the back of machine as well). Usually, it's a local company who will be glad to do business with you. It's fairly uncommon here in the US for a store to actually own and operate its on arcade machines; they tend to make deals with smaller companies who put them in and maintain them. I guess the store gets some cut of the profits, though I'm mostly in the dark on that one.

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Mark Vergeer
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good luck on your search...

Sorry can't help you out mate. Over here in the Netherlands the situation is even more dire than the UK. Perhaps DaveC might be able to help you.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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