Holy crap, you snagged a real KI2 for $300?!!?!
I believe you are right and applying the correct perspective.....thats like finding a ninja unicorn that gives you candy for free, but then, never mind, doesn't matter....you found a ninja unicorn giving candy for free, nothing will compare to that!
Really, I get it. I just restored an original NBA JAM cabinet for a friend and it is beautiful....nothing like a real dedicated cabinet. But they are reaaaaallllll heavy, recapping a monitor can cost as much as one of these cabinets retail, and they take up a bunch of space. These Arcade1ups ARE just toys, but I guess I am in a unique position.....I have built and restored many cabs over the years and I just like the availability (finding original parts/cabs for the game you want is getting more and more difficult), their lightness (I have moved waaayyyy too many cabs up/down stairs, loading into a truck for travel), and easiness of putting these together (no cutting, measuring, drilling, etc) with achieving the same result, to play a game. So, I kinda like putting in less work and time to achieve the same result, but YMMV.
Great buy on the KI2....is it still going?
I bought it back in 2001. It was $300 for the cabinet with KI2 in it. Even back then it was a steal. Today I could sell JUST the KI2 PCB/HDD for like $500 (more on that later).
It had been in my garage for the past 7 years, and prior to that, sitting in my moms basement for 7 more years. So it hadn't really been used in 14 years. And because of this thread, I decided to rejuvenate it.
So I moved it into my basement 2 weeks ago. I took the monitor out and control panel off to move it because it made it lighter, but still heavy af. I have KI1 in there and I have MK1, MK2, and KI2 as well. I found those at my moms as well 2 weeks ago.
Well unfortunately they all had issues.
KI2 doesn't power on. There is no video or sound, which is bad. It's not the HDD either. I have tried to research it and I have no clue what is wrong with it. The board looks fine and I've done basic testing on it to check voltages and stuff, but no clue. So for now it's worth nothing.
MK1 and MK2 both worked but both sound boards weren't working, so they had no sound. But, I ended up fixing MK1 myself. There was a burnt trace on the back, and I just soldered a wire between the 2 points on it, and then it worked. MK sound boards are notorious for being junk. I fixed the MK1 soundboard Monday then wired up the kick harness Tuesday to get all buttons functioning.
KI1 works just fine. My monitor needs some help though. It's a little dim so I'm going to take it to this guy after I get my pi2jamma set up so that he can basically rejuvenate it. Other than being dim though it is fine. I'm actually waiting until pi2jamma is hooked up to see if I think it's worth it. Playing MK1 the other day all the way through it didn't really bother me.
Here's a video of KI1. It's dark because I had the lights out.
And here is a video of MK1 after I fixed the soundboard. Easier to see the cab since I had the lights on.