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FS Circus Voltaire fantastic condition! New price $10500

Discussion in 'Pinball Machines / Parts FOR SALE' started by atariaction, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. atariaction

    atariaction Well-Known Member

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    I traded for this pin with Mike Hanley who purchased this game new in the box. I am the 2nd owner. Since I have owned the game I have gone through pretty much the entire machine in terms of mechanics, electronics and cosmetics.

    The final product is beautiful!

    I tore down the topside of the playfield and cleaned the playfield, replaced the original black rubber with white rubber. I replaced the black post rubbers with purple Cliffy posts. I also found a pair of NOS sling plastics no eBay and installed them (there was a chip on one of the originals). I removed the two subway ramps and gave them a much-needed cleaning as well.

    Machine was mostly LED’s when I got it but I pretty much re-did them all. Most LED’s are Comet and coin takers. I did the backbox, GI and inserts. (I don’t do the flashers typically as they can be too bright). I had to completely remove the ringmaster assembly to access many of the LED’s so I inspected it while out and installed a new ringmaster head decal.

    I removed and cleaned the boom balloon assembly as well. Sometimes it does not latch when it pops up onto the playfield. I was trying to fix that. It is better now but still not 100%.

    The coil for the backbox cannon was broken free from the backbox tub plastic it was mounted on (bad idea Williams) but I was able to fix and reinforce this area. It is solid and better than new now and works perfectly. I replaced the backbox cannon ball with a new one as well as new playfield menagerie ball. I also removed the bell mod that was in the backbox and restored to original and added a red cliffy post where a black one would have originally been.

    The neon tube was not working. After much research and testing I determined the transformer was bad so I ordered one from overseas and replaced it. That worked on the bench but not in the game. Next step was to replace the U3 IC chip on the driver board and that got the neon back in action!

    The ringmaster was not registering all the time on quick hits (common issue) so I was able to fix this by cutting the leg of a cap on the eddy board (responsible for timing) and this worked like a charm!

    Additional items:

    Installed off board battery pack (removed the old one off the board).

    New coin door lock

    Cleaned and vacuumed the cabinet

    Purple superbands on the flippers

    Color changing LED in the “Defeat all Ringmasters” insert

    Installed CV keychain from the original goodie bag

    New barrel spring

    Replaced the rubber in the backbox for the cannon ball

    Installed plastic washers under the NOS sling plastics to keep them from breaking

    Reflowed several of the lamp board header pins (some lamps were flakey)

    Comes with original manual, coin box, coin door security bar and goodie bag (which I personally detached from the cabinet).

    Display is working great and in nice condition

    Home rom installed

    I addressed a service bulletin for the high wire lock switches. They were not working reliably so I adjusted the tension on each switch by moving the actuators back a notch. They work great now!

    A couple interesting things:

    Being home use only it only makes sense that a couple of the service bulletins were not addressed. One of the bulletins I read about was to instruct the operator to drill a hole in the playfield and install a post to the left of the ringmaster to prevent the ball from getting stuck there. Well there is no hole or post in that spot. I was able to move the stand up target just slightly to the left and the ball does not get stuck there. I was not about the bust out the drill on this playfield!

    Mike Hanley (the original owner) is good friends with the designer of this game, John Popadiuk. Turns out that Hanley is immortalized several times on this machine. This I found out when I noticed Hanley’s name on the backbox and asked him about it. You can see Hanley’s name on the playfield as well. There is another super cool Easter egg as well and if you come by I will show it to you!

    The Bad:

    Boom balloon does not latch every time when it pops up to the playfield. I have tried to address this but may still tinker with it.

    Occasionally the VUK to the playfield on the right takes a couple tries to get the ball out. I have since adjusted it and it appears to be working as it should now.

    There are some minor nicks and dings here and there. I took lots of pics of everything and they can be seen here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eel1dsxuf2vn6rt/AABDsx1xAE5rMQrKVcceODiUa?dl=0

    Gameplay video here (1st bit has glare from backbox but I fixed it ½ way through):



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    Here are a few pics.

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    Wow, nice CV. Played that at Mike's many times. Great game. If I didn't have one i'd be all over that.

    GLWS.
     
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    Thanks man. It needed some lovin but was a beautiful canvas to work with!
     
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    as nice as the CV is , can it really be considered a HUO being set up in a commercial environment for several years? i know its not the same as being on route and perhaps i am wrong but truly for a HUO isnt that for owner family and some guests . it has been in at least 2 locations of Mikes Church of the Silverball? even if it was just fridays nights and the occasional get together parties .
     
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    True. Valid point!
     
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    That is an incredible looking pin! GLWS
     
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    Thanks man! Appreciate it!

    Subways before and after just for fun!

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    Fun with big mechs!

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    It's amazing how clean the ramps come out when using the top load spin cycle!
     
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    Hey now, don't be giving away all my secrets! ;)
     
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    New price $11 500
     
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    I was thinking the same, HUO, from a collector's perspective, should be as you described, however, what a nice looking CV and the price and everything is justified. It's rare when I see a beat up CV unless it comes in a container from Italy, and even those were is great shape.

    I saw one in Allentown ears ago for $6 US and that was the exception, worn the hell out, I think it was also missing flippers....
     
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    New price $11000
     
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    bump :D
     
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    I'm reporting that post to the admins :p
     
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    Still available! Forget the Deadpool hype!
     
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    New price $10500
     
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