Windy 29" cabinet.
||I've had several JAMMA cabinets over
the years. Most were converted classics with black latex sides with
burned in 19" monitors and horrible control panels. I did have a
nice 25" Dynamo cabinet that I held onto for quite awhile but it, too,
was eventually sold. Several years ago, I came across a site that
had these really cool looking Japanese JAMMA cabinets with 25" monitors
that I really liked. At the time I was about maxed out on my games-to-available-space
ratio, so I didn't follow through and buy one and I've regretted it quite
a bit over the years. Time passed by and my interest in game collecting
waned. I got back into cars and soon money that used to go towards
games was slowly funneled into the toys for the car. Fast forward
5 or maybe 6 years and I've come full circle. The car finds most
of it's days under wraps in the garage and I have started to buy games
This time around, I was determined
to get one of those neat JAMMA machines. Research soon started and
I initially wanted to buy a Taito Egret 29" cabinet as it was just super
cool looking and the monitor was able to be easily rotated. No need
to have to have two JAMMA cabinets, one for vertical and the other for
horizontal! YIPPIE! My desire for an Egret cabinet was further
ignited when I came across Josh McCormick's
excellent Egret site here.
I quickly found the main source for these cabinets, Arcade
Infinity in California, and fired off an email asking for pics
of what was available. Unfortunately, the Egret cabinets that they
had on hand wouldn't cut it for me as the condition of them was less than
desired. I saw another cabinet in the background of one of the Egret
pics they sent that turned out to be the cabinet that is pictured to the
left, a Konami Windy 29" JAMMA cabinet.
I was undecided if I wanted to hold
out for a nice Egret to show up or to pursue the Windy cabinet, so I requested
additional pics of the Windy cabinet and it looked to be very much complete
and in nice shape. It was a 2 player cabinet with the full six buttons
per player, which is what I was after (it's not much fun playing Mortal
Kombat without the lower three buttons!) Condition was verified and
price as agreed upon. Payment was then rushed off and 2 weeks later,
the game was at the local shipping agent waiting to be picked up.
When I went to get the game, I wasn't sure how big it really was.
The seller stated that it was 36x36x68" and the shipping company stated
that it was 36x36x50", so I trusted the shipping company and went outside
to the driveway to measure up my wife's 2002 Honda CRV. If the game
was truly 50", the game would fit in the back, except that because of the
way that the rear seats fold downward, they would take up much needed space.
There was one option if I were to avoid getting a trailer for my car and
20 minutes later, the rear seats were unbolted and sitting in the garage.
The game was shipped via Stevens Air and it arrived bolted and strapped
to a pallet. It was wrapped completely in bubblewrap, surrounded
then in cardboard and then finally sealed in shrink wrap. The packing
was dinged up a bit, but the cabinet arrived intact. The loading
dock guy was cool and helped me unbolt the cabinet from the pallet and
the game easily slid into the CRV on it's back. The shipping tab
of $156 was paid (not a bad price considering the game was shipped from
California to Pennsylvania) and I was off.