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Toothpick

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:55 pm
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Folks,

I am considering buying a 1988 Williams Cyclone Pinball machine, mostly
because that particular game has sentimental value to my hubby and I! Since
I currently own NO arcade games and have NO experience with this kind of
thing, I am wondering what I should ask and/or consider (aside from the
general condition of the machine, of course).

Also, does anyone know much about these machines? Are parts easy to come
by? Is the machine pretty reliable overall (or as reliable as an 18 year
old machine can be)? Anything else I should know before I take the plunge?

Thanks!
Debbie

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:55 pm
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Debbie,
It' s a great game. However, when owning a pinball one must have basic
soldering skills as well as problem solving ability when something goes
wrong. Marvin pinball guides is the best place I know to go if having a
problem with a repair, as well as this group. However, if you or hubby
do not have any type of electronic experience or problem solving
experience with mechanical items, pinball unfortunately will not be for
you. Cyclone is mostly a reliable machine. However, there are parts
that may go bad specifically with the displays that are hard to find
and you'll have to know how to diagnose them with a multimeter. Also,
switches need adjustments from time to time and the game needs to be
waxed and the balls changed to prevent playfield wear every so often
depending on how much usage. Hope that helps. I don't mean to scare you
on this, but it does take maintenance to keep a pin running. This
particular machine is 18 yrs. old and even a cart with this age can
have a lot of mileage.
John

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Toothpick

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:55 pm
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John,

No scaring here. Thanks for the fast feedback! My hubby is a tech
coordinator & a computer geek (I am, too, but not to the same extent), so
he's pretty mechanically minded. Soldering is no problem and he's good with
a multimeter, too.

I assume all machines need periodic maintenance (like waxing, new balls, new
fuses, rubbers, etc...) Where do you generally get supplies for that?
Where is Marvin located or how can we get the guide info? How do we go
about finding a good local place to deal with?

Any other feedback (from anyone)on how we can learn more about what it would
take to keep our potential new baby running would be appreciated!

Debbie
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:55 pm
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I have had a cyclone for about 5yrs now and it has been very reliable
like the other posts noted all I have had to do is the regular
maintanance ie...burnt out bulbs, changing the ball (this particualr
machine only uses one ball) cleaning and waxing the machine and
occasional adjustments. The flippers on mine do need to be rebuilt just
havent gotten around to doing it. Great game overall.....lots of
fun.....enough to do to keep you coming back.....great family themed
game. Good Luck!!
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:55 pm
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I have had a cyclone for about 5yrs now and it has been very reliable
like the other posts noted all I have had to do is the regular
maintanance ie...burnt out bulbs, changing the ball (this particualr
machine only uses one ball) cleaning and waxing the machine and
occasional adjustments. The flippers on mine do need to be rebuilt just
havent gotten around to doing it. Great game overall.....lots of
fun.....enough to do to keep you coming back.....great family themed
game. Good Luck!!
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Steve Schukei

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:21 pm
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Well you picked a great game, my kids have never forgiven me for selling the
Cyclone we had, they were right, it's a great game.
Steve Schukei
"Toothpick" wrote in message

> Folks,
>
> I am considering buying a 1988 Williams Cyclone Pinball machine, mostly
> because that particular game has sentimental value to my hubby and I!
> Since
> I currently own NO arcade games and have NO experience with this kind of
> thing, I am wondering what I should ask and/or consider (aside from the
> general condition of the machine, of course).
>
> Also, does anyone know much about these machines? Are parts easy to come
> by? Is the machine pretty reliable overall (or as reliable as an 18 year
> old machine can be)? Anything else I should know before I take the
> plunge?
>
> Thanks!
> Debbie
>
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:27 pm
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great starter pin. i've had 3 or them.
once it is "dialed in" it should work flawlessly in a home enviroment.
make sure the ferris wheel moves correctly. motor can be kind of high
[$75ish].
cyclones were bad about wear up at the 1,2,3 lanes. but that should only
effect the price - not playability.
new repro ramp was just released and most everything else can be had for
cyclone.
welcome to the hobby!
Dan

"Toothpick" wrote in message

> Folks,
>
> I am considering buying a 1988 Williams Cyclone Pinball machine, mostly
> because that particular game has sentimental value to my hubby and I!
Since
> I currently own NO arcade games and have NO experience with this kind of
> thing, I am wondering what I should ask and/or consider (aside from the
> general condition of the machine, of course).
>
> Also, does anyone know much about these machines? Are parts easy to come
> by? Is the machine pretty reliable overall (or as reliable as an 18 year
> old machine can be)? Anything else I should know before I take the
plunge?
>
> Thanks!
> Debbie
>
>
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:23 pm
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What you need to read is our "Pinball Buyer's Guide" posted on our website:
www.actionpinball.com GREAT info for the casual or first-time pinball
buyer. A real eye-opener. That would be the best place to start,
regardless of who you end up buying from.

Good luck!

Ray J.
--
Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Web: www.actionpinball.com

We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!



"Toothpick" wrote in message

> Folks,
>
> I am considering buying a 1988 Williams Cyclone Pinball machine, mostly
> because that particular game has sentimental value to my hubby and I!
Since
> I currently own NO arcade games and have NO experience with this kind of
> thing, I am wondering what I should ask and/or consider (aside from the
> general condition of the machine, of course).
>
> Also, does anyone know much about these machines? Are parts easy to come
> by? Is the machine pretty reliable overall (or as reliable as an 18 year
> old machine can be)? Anything else I should know before I take the
plunge?
>
> Thanks!
> Debbie
>
>
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(Msg. 9) Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:33 pm
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"baraka" wrote:
> However, when owning a pinball one must have basic
> soldering skills as well as problem solving ability when something goes
> wrong.

That, or have a good pinball repair person in your area that you can call
and pay to come over and repair/service the game when it needs it. A lot of
people do this. So being a tech isn't necessarily a requirement for owning
a pinball machine.

That brings up another important issue when shopping for a game to buy- the
condition of the game you purchase. If you're handy and experienced with
pinball machines and working on them, then you can pay less for a game that
may need some work- repair, new parts, cleaning, adjustments, etc. And do
the work yourself. If you can't or don't want to deal with repairs or
fixing up your own game, then pay more for one that's been fully and
properly overhauled. Consider buying one with a warranty from someone who
will be there for you if you need help or service down the road.

Lots of things to consider- and many of them are frequently overlooked by a
lot of people that buy games. Have a quick read through our "Pinball
Buyer's Guide" on our website for more good-to-know info when shopping
around for a game to buy.

We restored and sold a very nice Cyclone about 5 years ago to a local
customer and have been back out there twice since delivering it for a couple
of minor issues, but never any major problems. They're still very happy
with the game and actually picked up two additional games to go along with
it- can never have too much pinball!

Hope that helps!

Ray J.
--
Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Web: www.actionpinball.com

We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!
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