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Author Topic: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards  (Read 37129 times)

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-VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:46:07 pm »
We are officially out of boards and have not had enough demand to justify another order of 100 boards (the minimum practical order).  :'( Thanks to everyone who ordered from us over the past 5 years!  It has been great getting to know a lot of you and learning about your projects.  I will still be checking the boards as often as I get a chance, so if you have any questions about the boards, optics, etc. feel free to drop me a line.

Mike (fixumdude)
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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006, 12:04:35 am »
Wanted to put in a good word for these.  Ordered on Wednesday, had it on friday.  From the time I opened the box to the time I had my Pole Position wheel working again....5 minutes.  Well worth the money, board looks and feels like it will last for a long time.  Would never waste my time hacking a mouse to try to get anything with a flywheel working, especially at his low price.

Thanks man!

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2006, 07:23:17 am »
wow thats awesome....
Alright. Who wants some? Who's next? Huh? How 'bout it? Who wants some? Huh? Who wants to have a little? You.
  You want some more? Huuuh? You want a little? Do ya? Huh? You want some more? Huh? Huh? Hh!

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2006, 12:39:47 pm »
 :o wowwww thank you so much MIKE !!!!\

i just wan say that i bought 2 optical board from mike. one was to restore a tempest spinner and one is to replace the one in my arkanoid.
mike took time to explain to me how they work and what i will need to make the tempest work !!!
shipping was super fast , and was even and explanation paper telling you how to set up your mame track ball or spinner.

once again thank you for the time and the product..

i love it and i recomand to anybody in this forum  :laugh:


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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2006, 03:02:58 pm »
going to keep selling these?  Or just have a few around?

I might be interested in a few... but not for maybe 5 months...

I'm REALLY hoping for someone to start keeping these in stock...

does it work with Oscars hacked mice?  Opti-pac?

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2006, 03:23:59 pm »
I would also like to know if they will be available for a while.

Thanks!

Steve

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2006, 03:58:20 pm »
We have plenty for the foreseeable future.  We had them made for ourselves to use on our own spinners and trackballs, etc.  We only needed about 10-15 boards but the minimum practical order was 100  :o  so we have quite a few for now.

We test all the boards on an OPTI-PAC before we send them out, but they have worked on all the mouse hacks we have tried them on.  If anyone has good luck with them on any other encoders (i.e. the new one from Groovy Game Gear, or a real arcade trackball interface) please let us know.

Just drop us a line whenever you're ready to order.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2006, 12:10:09 pm »
I just wanted to bump this, and say that these guys were great to work with.  I ordered two boards for some homemade spinners I'm working on, and they were delivered fast.  They made sure I got exactly what I wanted, and the boards are excellent quality.
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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2006, 02:25:23 pm »
I just wanted to bump this, and say that these guys were great to work with.  I ordered two boards for some homemade spinners I'm working on, and they were delivered fast.  They made sure I got exactly what I wanted, and the boards are excellent quality.

i agree with you :) i'm thinking to order some more :)

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2006, 09:14:56 pm »
Ordered two of these optic boards and just received them today.  They are professionnally made and fit perfectly the old Atari trackball they were intented to.  Mike was great doing business with. 

Highly recommended  :D
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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2006, 12:42:07 am »
I ordered some of these bad boys and they got here in no time flat. They look really great. I won't be able to put them to use for a while, but when I do I will let everyone know haow they work. Get 'em while they last.


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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2006, 10:06:45 am »
I still haven't got to test them yet, but I wanted to let everyone know that they fit perfectly into an Atari Trackball. For those of you that might not know, Atari and Happs trackball are pretty much the exact same thing. This fits perfectly unmodified into either of them. This is great for me, as I bought a used Atari TB on ebay cheap. These boards and some new bearings, and it is good as gold. Great work Fixumdude.


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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2006, 03:09:33 am »
Hi,

Just wanted to bump this thread because I was incredibly happy with the service fixumdude gave. He was responsive to all my emails and the package was well packed and arrived extremely quick.

Cheers mate,

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2006, 01:51:07 pm »
PM sent.
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2006, 02:07:41 pm »

Do also have the "gears"?  I would like to build a spinner, but don't like the toothed gears in a mouse, not sensitive enough.

-Rudi

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2006, 04:39:41 pm »
Rudi,

The only "gears" we have are the kind from a Happs trackball which are only 24 teeth, so from my understanding they would be less sensitive than your mouse gears.  You might try the trackball booster kit from Groovy Game Gear, it looks like it has a lot more teeth than the standard wheels we have.  Other than that, we are in the same situation about not being able to get spinner wheels since Oscar shut down.

Hope that helps a little bit.  If anyone else has a good source for spinner wheels, please let us know.  We are trying to build up our own control panels etc. and need some too.

fixumdude

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2006, 10:29:35 pm »
Another note of praise for Mike's Optic boards.  I have a Tron spinner that I could not getting working with my Opti-pac.  Mike patiently replied to all my PM's, got me his board right away and it works great. 

 :applaud:

Can't ask for anything more from someone!   :cheers:
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2007, 10:53:27 pm »
Are these still available?

Thanks!

Steve

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2007, 06:52:56 pm »
stevejt - pm sent.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2007, 04:24:54 pm »
This should be pinned with the rest of the vendors!

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2007, 07:40:12 am »
Just wanted to say:  Mike, you rock.

Awesome customer service.  Super fast shipping.  Great price.

Thanks!
Jeff

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2007, 05:10:02 pm »
I just received the 10 I ordered.  Quick shipping and excellent communication.

Thanks Again!

Steve
 

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2007, 12:39:59 pm »
Bumping back to the front until it's pinned with the other vendors.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2007, 12:26:07 pm »
Bump!

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2007, 06:21:17 pm »
soon page one will be nothing but pins when they should have their own section at the top with a link or something lol.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2007, 06:31:18 pm »
Hey Admins, pin/sticky this one too?

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2007, 09:23:44 pm »
Bump for sticky.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2007, 06:34:58 am »
FYI, it is in The Master Vendor List.

Sticky couldn't hurt, though.


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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2007, 02:15:20 pm »
5 boards received today fast shipping and response to PM.  Excellent wiring diagram sheet included.  Will report after testing.

TTFN :cheers:
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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2007, 02:57:57 pm »
PM sent on April 20th...

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2007, 01:58:53 am »
2 boards came in today, had 'em installed in no time and my Centipede game is working beautifully. Fast shipping and PM reply, thanks much!

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2007, 11:29:05 am »
Bump since it got unstickied!
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2007, 10:55:18 am »
Bump
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

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Re: FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2007, 07:09:42 am »
new day, new bump
Ajax should have been named Warlord, not Swan.

First off, Hoopz is right.

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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2007, 05:27:07 pm »
Boards arrived today.  Thanks Fixumdude!

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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2007, 04:49:17 pm »
I just received this info from BYOAC user arkanoid.  He tried to post it here, but didn't have the minimum post count.

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I'm happy to report that for both my
Arkanoid and Arkanoid 2 machines, the board was a plug-in replacement --
same header spacing, etc.  The only "difficulty" was the expecting
mounting -- just had to drill a couple holes and do a bit of adjusting.

So, works great.  The boards look great too -- very professional.

So, just for reference, this was replacing the original Taito optic
board, part number K9000060A.  Board ID is ME070006A/MEN00003A.

I thought this information might be helpful to others out there with arkanoid machines with bad optic boards.

-Mike

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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2007, 04:54:09 pm »
Hey, just a quick post from another satisfied customer.  I picked up a couple of these to try in my Arkanoid machines.  It is a direct replacement for the optic boards I had, including the header pins spacing.  These are very professionally made boards at a very reasonable price. 

For reference, this was replacing the original Taito optic board, part number K9000060A.  Board ID is ME070006A/MEN00003A.  That same board was used in both of my Arkanoid machines.

Just note that you'll have to drill the mounting holes... easy.

EDIT: yeah, that's me: Arkanoid.  Found my old ID from a few years still exists too.  Finally back to the hobby. :)

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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2007, 10:57:59 pm »
I just wanted to let everyone know that we are now down to about 6 of these boards left...and I thought we'd be stuck with a ton of them when we first ordered them, over a year and a half ago!  Time sure flies when you're having fun.

In that time we've seen people use them to fix: Atari trackballs, Happs trackballs, arkanoid spinners, tempest spinners, tron spinners, a centepede machine, a pole position wheel & some home made spinners as well.

Before we go through the time and expense of ordering another batch of 100 (minimum order) I wanted to get some feedback on the demand that's left out there.  I don't need pre orders or anything, just let me know if you were planning on ordering them sometime in the future, or if you think there is a continued demand for these boards.  Hopefully they haven't gone up too much, and can remain around $6-$8 each for the new batch.

If anyone reads this, let me know.

Thanks to everyone who ordered, and for all of your great feedback over the last year and a half!

Mike
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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #38 on: October 01, 2007, 09:56:35 am »
Just saw this post and am beginng work on TRON.  I would definitely order and was wondering if I could use these to repair 720?  One of my optice encoder isnt reading anymore and now have another option for repair.

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Re: -VENDOR- FS New Spinner (or Trackball) Optic Boards
« Reply #39 on: October 01, 2007, 11:24:44 am »
yukonblaze,

PM sent.

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