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
an artist. This allows the artist to
correct issues that the very short production times of the
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 often from the same
factory that made them for your original playfield!
We occasionally have to deal with lost molds, and have sometimes
had to 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?
CPR only uses the very best wood we can get our hands on.
Currently we use a very expensive custom made wood from
Wisconsin. It has four layers of Maritime Hard Rock Maple and
three interior layers of white ash. Normal Stern wood is a
.5325" thick with one good face of 0.060" veneer. We upped this
specification considerably. We use two THICK 0.080" face veneers
(25% thicker than normal) which allows our CNC operator, Tanner
to pick the very best side for your PF and we upped the
thickness of the board to 0.545" which gives a better balance
with the veneers and reduces warping. The thicker face veneers
on our wood (25% thicker than anything in use anywhere) means a
much denser wood surface and less ball dimples than anything
ever made. Some of our finished PFs weigh more than 15lbs,
and are so dense we have seen certain examples of ours PFs
almost double the weight of a factory NOS board!
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
timelines 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 and as
we all know life often gets in the way of our hobbies.
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.
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, skills, 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 great 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. But everything we make has the
required licences from Both WMS and any third party rights
holders. If you somehow have an in with a company that holds a
special license and think it's something that NEEDS to be made
by all means please contact us and we'll do our best to get the part
I didn't get a confirmation when I
sent an email to get on the list for a Playfield!?!?
We are trying
to have this changed so you get an autoreply but we're not
really coders and are busy trying to get the actual parts made
instead of learning HTML. All the new email boxes we create will
autoreply. The lists are nothing more than a way
to initially gauge the interest of a particular project. We use
the lists as of a certain date to make a guestimate of how many
parts we need to order and how many playfields to make. We do
not close the lists off anymore as such and the mailboxes will
stay in effect. Kevin will basically mark the list closed online
but all future emails will in effect hit a waiting list. When the PFs get
made we go down the lists and you get an offer to buy one when
we get to you on the list. Once the saleable ones are all gone
we move these names in order to the top of a wait list for a
I heard that people are hording your
PFs for profit.
Playfields are expensive to
make and we try very hard to make enough so that everyone gets
one. We also do not sell any amount to the same person. Guys try
to pool their orders to save on shipping where possible and that
only makes sense but we do stop any large orders from happening
or at least call and find out what's going on.
Our wood costs have risen by over 300% in the last several years
and 150% in the last year alone so our prices are trending
higher for playfields anyway. We believe that as the prices rise
very few people will horde as the costs and benefits won't be as
great as they have been in the past. We wrongly kept our
playfield prices way too low for many years which really led to
the hording issue to begin with.
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