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Author Topic: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!  (Read 8704 times)

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2009, 01:43:27 pm »
Now PLEASE just make a longer shaft for my u360! that's 3/4 of an inch more then the stock shaft. These balls fit the u360 right ?? also my Wico ball tops seem larger then my current u360 ball top.. Randy are yours the same size as the standard wico ball tops ?

I have no idea if the 6mm balls will fit the u360.  I don't own one, as I have a very nice analog arcade stick I built here, should I decide I need one on my panel ;).  But if they have a standard 6mm x 1 thread on the shaft, then they should fit.

As for the size compared to a WICO, no, they are about 1/16" smaller in diameter.  The size is based on my preference after having seen and used so many varieties of sticks.  IMHO, the size of the original WICO balls is almost comicly large.  Large ball tops are nice, but unless you are sporting size 13 shoes, something a little smaller is probably going to be better.  Based on what I have seen with the sales of the Versa-Balls, folks gravitate toward the 1 3/8" style by a much larger percent than those going for the 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" varieties.  So we emboldened that size by 1/16" to make what I consider to be the perfect ball top size, even though it cost us more to produce because it's a custom size.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2009, 04:37:28 pm »
OOOPPSS never mind....  :laugh:

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2009, 12:16:25 am »
Yeah, those old Wicos are huge.
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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #43 on: March 12, 2009, 12:56:51 pm »
Wow,

  That sure beats my old faded Wico trackballs, looking more yellow every day. Would have been wild back in the 80's to have all those colors with a back light added, being in a usual dark arcade.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2009, 06:04:36 pm »
These things up for sale yet? I didn't see them on the site...

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2009, 10:53:21 pm »
are these on sale yet?

whats the scoop?

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #46 on: June 17, 2009, 07:16:06 am »
These look great. What's the hold up?

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #47 on: April 16, 2010, 01:00:07 pm »
Wow! These look amazing! Does anyone know if these ever went on sale?

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2010, 06:33:16 pm »
Did I say something wrong here? or did I miss something like where they are located on the website for order? I emailed and pm'd Randy, but no replies. Anybody know whats up with these? I'm waiting on ordering my other stuff till I find out about them.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2010, 10:18:23 pm »
It's the weekend, so Randy may have other (non arcade/GGG related) things that take up his time.  I wouldn't worry about it taking "too long" until you give him at least one business day.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2010, 01:19:44 pm »
These balls were waiting on my stock of inserts to arrive.  They did and then I considered re-purposing them

*edit* Which I have decided to do for now.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2010, 06:16:09 pm »
Any update on your balls? I'm interested in blue balls mainly.   ;)

... but seriously ... 2 medium blue balls.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2010, 06:20:30 pm »
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i suppose your right... but andy does offer a 10mm longer shaft which isn't long enough, at least not for me on my wood panel.

Why not top mount your stick? Will give you much more shaft.
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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2010, 11:01:12 pm »

These balls were waiting on my stock of inserts to arrive.  They did and then I considered re-purposing them

I'll get these on the site very shortly.  They aren't doing me any good sitting on my shelves.

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I am interested in two balls to replace the ones in my 2 Ultrastik 360s.  I would love to know when your balls are going to go on sale.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #54 on: June 05, 2010, 12:37:53 am »

These balls were waiting on my stock of inserts to arrive.  They did and then I considered re-purposing them

I'll get these on the site very shortly.  They aren't doing me any good sitting on my shelves.

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  I would love to know when your balls are going to go on sale.

That's usually a last resort... :angel:

But seriously...when are these going to be available?
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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #55 on: June 23, 2010, 10:15:16 pm »

These balls were waiting on my stock of inserts to arrive.  They did and then I considered re-purposing them

I'll get these on the site very shortly.  They aren't doing me any good sitting on my shelves.

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  I would love to know when your balls are going to go on sale.

That's usually a last resort... :angel:

But seriously...when are these going to be available?

I would also like to know, what kind of business ignores potential customers?  I have written in this forum and also sent a sales question to groovy game gear and gotten no response in either case; nor has anyone else who has posted to this topic.  It would be really nice if we could get some kind of answer.  Thank you.


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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #56 on: June 23, 2010, 10:22:17 pm »
I would also like to know, what kind of business ignores potential customers?  I have written in this forum and also sent a sales question to groovy game gear and gotten no response in either case; nor has anyone else who has posted to this topic.  It would be really nice if we could get some kind of answer.  Thank you.

It looks like the balls are to be re-purposed.  They will be available as an option on an upcoming product.  They may or may not be available as a separate item after the introduction of the product(s) which use them.  I will make the determination at that time.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #57 on: June 26, 2010, 12:08:33 am »
I would also like to know, what kind of business ignores potential customers?  I have written in this forum and also sent a sales question to groovy game gear and gotten no response in either case; nor has anyone else who has posted to this topic.  It would be really nice if we could get some kind of answer.  Thank you.

It looks like the balls are to be re-purposed.  They will be available as an option on an upcoming product.  They may or may not be available as a separate item after the introduction of the product(s) which use them.  I will make the determination at that time.

RandyT

It seems there is some interest in these balls as a standalone product, given the posts on this topic; although I have no idea how to put this into a larger context to determine what the likely sales interest would be, I'm sure you'd be better at that given your experience and position.

That being said, why not buy some more from your source and sell them on?  Not worth your trouble?  If so, can you let us know where you got them so that we can at least try to procure them?  I'd be happy to buy them from you but if you're not selling, maybe you can at least do us a favor and put is in touch with whoever is ...

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2010, 12:08:48 pm »
If so, can you let us know where you got them so that we can at least try to procure them?  I'd be happy to buy them from you but if you're not selling, maybe you can at least do us a favor and put is in touch with whoever is ...

They are custom manufactured items by GroovyGameGear.  I source the components, then machine and build them myself.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #59 on: June 26, 2010, 12:19:58 pm »
I have four of the translucent blue balls that I bought from Randy a while back if anyone is interested. They are solid balls at the moment but I could drill/tap them or make some threaded inserts to suit any threaded stick.

I could potentially make some shafts for them too to fit a particular joystick.

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2010, 01:32:11 am »
I have four of the translucent blue balls that I bought from Randy a while back if anyone is interested. They are solid balls at the moment but I could drill/tap them or make some threaded inserts to suit any threaded stick.

I could potentially make some shafts for them too to fit a particular joystick.

Much appreciated but ... if you'd said four opaque red balls, we'd be in business!

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #61 on: June 28, 2010, 03:25:24 pm »
Those are really nice looking!  My future DK cab might get that treatment

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #62 on: June 28, 2010, 04:03:48 pm »
Those are really nice looking!  My future DK cab might get that treatment

No it won't, not until there is someone willing to fabricate and sell these balls  :(

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Re: GroovyGameGear sure has some balls!
« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2011, 11:37:52 pm »
Randy-

What's the scoop on these?  I'd place an order for 4 red opaque balls with M6x1mm threads today if you'll let me!

Thanks,
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