QUESTIONS AND GUIDES
How are the playfields printed?
All our playfields are genuine spot-color silkscreened using
heavy gloss enamel inks, just like
the old days, on our big American M&M Viking press.
They are convection-baked after every color at 250 to 350
degrees to cure the enamel inks one-by-one, although the last
few years we have chosen to slow down and air-dry between colors.
We don't use inkjet, we don't use decals or overlays, and we
don't silkscreen using thin & watery UV-cure inks.
Where does the artwork come from?
Artwork comes from a variety of sources... sometimes from
original factory films, sometimes from original factory design
computer files, but usually freshly redrawn in the present by
Where do the inserts come from?
All the inserts we use come from the same original factory molds
used for the last 50-60 years in Chicago, and from the same
factory that made them for your original playfield !
We occasionally have to deal with lost molds, but sometimes have our own
made at the factory to produce the extinct part, from their
equipment. We also partner with other playfield makers who
have remade extinct molds, which helps too. We're also
slowly getting into making our own inserts in-house, as we work
out the operation of new injection molding equipment we took
What kind of wood are CPR's playfields made from?
Our wood is now genuine American Hardwoods Inc 17/32 Mapletop
(formerly Weber Inc.),
which is the actual wood used for playfield manufacturing in
Chicago for the last 50+ years. It is still being used
today for Stern pinball playfields, and comes from the same mill
(made in the USA) that has been making it for Churchill Cabinet
in Chicago since the beginning. It is the best gameboard
wood in the world, and special thanks goes to Mr. Roger Duba of
Churchill Cabinet for all his support in our negotiations for
CPR access to this exclusive stock of wood that is only run a
few times a year by ONE mill. Our new relationship with
Churchill and American Hardwoods is yet another step in
authenticity and quality that we have wanted to make for a long
time. Their special blend of veneers, cores, and
tolerances are exclusive to this wood and pretty much a secret
recipe that won't even be disclosed to us !
2011 UPDATE: American Hardwoods
went out of business, leaving Churchill and CPR without a
gameboard source. We auditioned several mills, in
partnership with Roger Duba, to find the best gameboard maker.
We settled on a mill in Wisconsin only 30 minutes from where AHI
was located. The historical recipe was improved to include
ash cores (instead of sweet gum), and Canadian hard rock maple
(extra-thick) on the tops and bottoms. Thus our wood stock is
much more expensive, but it's the BEST gameboard wood being used
in pinball playfield making - anywhere! Including for
Stern. Churchill decided to use a slightly less robust
recipe with baltic-birch cores, more in line with the tolerances
of traditional gameboard stock. A CPR playfield is 3-4
pounds heavier than a Stern, IPB, or Mirco playfield of the same
size - just based on the wood stock alone.
How do I know what is going to be made in the future?
Take a look at what the Art Team is
designing. That is essentially your crystal ball into
CPR's future product line. When they design it, we make
it. It's that simple. Some artists may take 2 weeks
to prepare their project, others may take 2 years. They
all work at their own pace, and will deliver results on their
own timeline. Please don't email us to inquire about
deadlines or expected production dates of items you see the
Artists working on. There are no deadlines or
expectations. We're all in this for the hobby, and the
Team works at this stuff as their private lives allow it.
Nothing that the Art Team has chosen to design is of any
interest to me or my collection.
I want (insert part here) to be made.
In the repro arena, the egg comes before the chicken.
Everything stems from artwork. If there is something you
want CPR to put on its calendar, get the artwork to us.
Artwork doesn't come out of thin air, though. Far from it.
It takes work, skillz, and dedication. There are ways to
get your artwork to come to fruition: a) If you bump
into one of the artists on RGP, at a show, or at a pinball
party, you can try your chances at pitching them your project
idea. No guarantees - they are busy. b) Draw the
artwork yourself c) Commission a colleague, buddy, or
relative to do the artwork.
What about "third party" themed pinball parts?
While CPR had some luck at a few simple third party themed repro
parts, they are not the norm and take a tremendous amount of
effort to secure the proper permissions from VP's and lawyers
who manage those rights. In 2009 and onwards we are chock
full of enough generic-themed projects to keep us busy for
years, we simply don't have the time or resources to reach out
and make all those phone calls and legal manouvers to line up
simple or complicated third party permissions or licenses.
As of Jan 1 2009, if an Art Team member or external project
torchcarrier is interested in a third party themed repro part to
be made, CPR needs to be approached with artwork AND complete
written permission/licensing in hand before the project can be
accepted. That way the road to production is clean and
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