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CPR strives to make the best playfields we can. We have the best team of pinball fanatic graphic artists in
the hobby, lovingly recreating the artwork that is near & dear to all our hearts.  The CPR Art Team guys & gals
donít just blindly produce artwork as fast as they can.  That is what would happen if we used a graphics staff in India
or China. Rather, the Art Team carefully and faithfully rebuilds the artwork to a standard well above what the original
 manufacturer produced, and much closer to what we believe the actual artist intended for your game.  By the way,
CPR will NEVER outsource any artwork to a non-pinhead, as we truly believe that while having a graphics team
 in China or India might be OK if we were making Dunkin Donuts cups, it just wonít do for anything pinball !
Pinheads-making-parts-for-pinheads is one of our tenets, and has been since 2005.

 

CPR Gold Class Playfields - CPR's Quality

Our Gold Class candidates are the best playfields we have to offer. These playfields are exactly what you have come to expect from us for the last 7 years. Is every playfield absolutely 100.000% perfect?? No. No playfield ever is. However, any CPR playfields that get the Gold Class status will be as close to "perfect" as anybody has ever been capable.  These are our best.  They are also the first to be sold, with Silver and Bronze made available afterward.

Yield:  85% of a run typically achieves Gold Class status.

Score:  "On a scale of 100"  97/100 to 99/100

Pricing:  Sold at full price.

CPR Silver Standard Playfields - NOS+ Quality

Our Silver Standard candidates meet or exceed NOS "industry quality" from the original playfield factories of yesteryear.  NOS playfields were never perfect, and in some cases not even close to perfect. So these are still better than remaining (usually pricey) NOS offerings out there.  Our Silver Standard candidates will still retain the beauty that is customary in our CPR Gold playfields, but some NOS qualities will also be present. These may include very small misalignments, very small marks in the artwork, or the occasional insert being imperfect. Allowances that would be typically encountered on any factory NOS playfield, even ones made by professional factories today for Stern.  These are the best available once the Golds sell out.

Yield:  10% of a run typically achieves Silver Standard status.

Score:  "On a scale of 100"  90/100 to 96/100

Pricing:  Sold at full price.  (What people buy when Golds are gone)

CPR Bronze Grade Playfields - As-Photographed

Our Bronze Grade candidates are set aside for not achieving the level of our Silver Standard. These playfields will have issues that are more obvious, unique, and thus will vary individually from playfield to playfield. Therefore, by customer request, we will photograph and sell each playfield individually so you can be the judge. In the photo(s), we will show you why we feel the playfield is of Bronze Grade quality. For some customers, they wonít care, because these candidates will almost always be vastly better than ANY playfield your are likely to encounter in a 20-30 year old game. Bronze playfields will also be frequently available at the Starship Fantasy show tables, and are always a great option for the more budget-conscious.

Yield:  5% of a run typically achieves Bronze Grade status.

Score:  "On a scale of 100"  80/100 to 89/100

Pricing:  Sold with an applicable discount.


COMMONLY QUESTIONED ATTRIBUTES BY FIRST-TIME BUYERS

The following playfield attributes are normal, and occur naturally (both historically and on our reproductions) and fall under
regular expectations of reproduction playfield quality.  These attributes do not factor into classifications of Gold, Silver, or Bronze
because they can be found across the entire run, at random, just like Bally / Williams / Stern / Gottlieb experienced on their playfields.


RELIEF IN CLEARCOAT (USUALLY OVER INSERTS)

This may become visible if a playfield is glared against strong light at a certain angle.  Usually appears 4-6 months or later after
the playfield has been clearcoated, as clearcoat continues to shrink / tighten / and hunker down. 

Basically, a clearcoat can shape/shrink differently around inserts due to two distinct materials being underneath.  Solid plastic, and wood.
Playfields shipped at launch time have clearcoats that are relatively young, so they are bulbous and flat.  Playfields purchased months
or years after their initial release have aged, allowing the clearcoat to harden to its maximum.  This brings the clearcoat to its hardest
and tightest.  Two results can happen:  there can be a slightly lower relief of the clear over the inserts, or there can be a slightly
higher relief of the clear over the inserts.  In either case, you're OK.  It's either the clear staying thicker over the wood, or the opposite,
the clear is staying thicker over the insert.  It is NOT "moving inserts" "sinking inserts" or "inserts pushing up through the clear".  It requires
a hammer and a pipe (from the backside) to bang our inserts out - and the epoxy so strong, a ring of wood out of the playfield with it !

See illustrations below (click to enlarge)


INSERT "CRACKLES"

Raw inserts are injection-molded as hot liquid plastic, quickly cooled, and ejected from their mold.  Whether we get our inserts from the
original molds/factories in Chicago, or from other vendors with new tooling to replace extinct designs  - the process is the same, the
plastic is the same, and the results are the same.  Some inserts may show "crackles" in their face.  Most don't.

But why do they happen?  The traditional insert embedding process is illustrated below.  Basically, an insert starts as a closed smooth
shiny plastic part.  It's essentially waterproof/liquid-proof.  Their topsides are typically not flat, have part numbers or codes, and are
slightly rounded at their edges.  When embedded in the playfield, they stand slightly tall of the wood, to start.  Levelling of the playfield
with large drum sanding machinery (because even the raw gameboard panel is not perfectly surface-flat) flattens the entire topside,
taking off about half of the mapletop veneer, as well as all the insert tops.  This leaves behind wood/inserts/glue that are exactly at the
same level.  The inserts are now open-faced, exposing their inner plastic.  Their smooth closed face has been sanded off.  Microscopic
cooling and flow fissures on the INSIDE of the body of the insert are now at the surface of the insert.  Injected polycarbonate, like crystals,
have these attributes internally, by default.  They become visible once clearcoat hits the surface, and capillary action draws the
liquid clear into the fissures, making them visible.  (see illustrations below)   They appear within 2 seconds of being hit by the
first coat of clear, no matter how light.  Like a sponge or pipette, the clear is drawn into the body of the insert.

Crackled inserts have been on playfields for decades.  The professional factories could never eliminate their occurrence,
and after everything we have tried over the years, we now see why.  There isn't a way to totally eliminate them, beyond selling
the playfields without clearcoat... which only means the end-user will reveal crackles when they clearcoat anyway!

Crackled inserts have not been forcibly impacted (smashed).  They do not indicate a playfield mishandled in shipping. 
The inserts are not being crushed or squeezed by the surrounding wood.  The crackles will not increase or get worse.
Rest easy - It is a cosmetic matter only, not structural.



TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS:



STEP 1 - blank gameboard



STEP 2 - CNC milled gameboard

 



STEP 3 - seating of insert

 



STEP 4 - levelling the topside

 



STEP 5 - levelled topside, ready for printing

 



STEP 6 - silkscreening (white base, fill color, blackline overprint)

 



STEP 7 - Clearcoat

 



CLEARCOAT RELIEF - higher over insert

 



CLEARCOAT RELIEF - lower over insert

 



RAW INSERT              HISTORICAL EXAMPLES