I just want to thank this thread because due to it, you all have made me actually want to turn my KI2 cab into a MAME cabinet. I've had it sitting in my garage for 7 years and prior to that, it was at my moms house in her basement for 7 years while I was in a 1BR apartment.
So tonight I spent a good 2 hours or so gutting it so that it doesn't weigh 400lbs when I try to move it into my basement. The thing is probably 1/2 the weight now so it's much more manageable. Part of the reason I kept it in my garage was due to it's weight. It's just such a pain to move but now it should be easier.
OMG, I have two full size arcade cabs(Tempest & Cliff Hanger), and two cocktails(Donkey Kong & DKj), and those full size weigh a ing TON and then some. LOL
The cocktails while heavy, I can manage on my own, but the full size is OK on a ground flat floor, but moving them vertically is a killer job, so I feel your pain. Me and a friend spent a whole afternoon trying to get my Cliff Hanger to my loft upstairs(future man cave), and it wasn't happening. It wasn't so much the weight, as it was a small bend in my stairwell combined with the weight that did us in. So now there future home will be my office down stairs, if and when I ever get it cleaned out.
That pulling out the innards idea was genius, wish I would have thought of that, but now it's probably for the best. As my cocktails would have taken up to much space along with the full size, and they fit better up, while the full is better down. But if I ever have to move these "up" again, at least now I'll have a plan "B", so thanks.
EDIT: So while I have ZERO interest in these Arcade1up cabs, with the exception of Star Wars, I understand why there is a market for this. I prefer more authentic type stuff, as I can play all these old games on my TV, with great controls for almost nothing(can use Wii, Wii U,etc). So I'm more in to the new scaled arcade games from New Wave Toys & Numskull, as they are perfect, except for size. And I know some would argue why?, as there cost is about what some Arcade1Up cabs cost, but those are like the $10 knock offs at Walmart to me, just not my thing.
But for the reasons and problems I describe above with real authentic cabs, these Arcade1Ups are an amazing idea, so mad props to them for seeing a need and filling it. That's what a truly Great America looks like, at least to me.