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American Gaming and Electronics (AG&E)
Wells Gardner D9200 VGA Arcade Monitor
AG&E is a division of Wells Gardner.  They carry several of the same monitors available at Wells Gardner, including the D9200.  I bought my monitor through them instead of Wells Gardner because they had them on sale for $65.00 less with very cheap shipping ($30.00 to ship an 80 pound monitor by freight from Chicago to Massachusetts).

 

Emdkay.net
Marquee/Banner
They printed my Marquee (the banner/sign that's on the top of my cabinet naming it "CHRO-MAME") at 300dpi for about $25.00.  It was printed on a semi-thick glossy paper.  Very good quality and highly recommended.  As with all marquee's, you will need to sandwich it between two pieces of glass/Lexan.  Light shines through it nicely.

 

HappControls.com
Joysticks, Trackballs, Buttons, Monitor Bezel, Coin Door & Coin Mechs
If you want authentic arcade parts, then there is no place like HappControls.  Their selection of parts is massive.  Their prices are as low as they get due to the fact that they manufacture virtually all of their parts themselves.

Note:  I had one item damaged during shipping (two long plastic marquee holders).  HappControls easily replaced them for free with a phone call; I didn't even have to ship them back!

 

OscarControls.com
Spinner/Rotary Controllers
CHRO-MAME uses two Oscar Pro Spinners (as far as I know, these are no longer sold which is a pity since they're fantastic spinners).  They have large wheel's so kickback/lag during intensive spinning is VERY rare.  These weighted spinners feel like the real thing and easily interface with the Ultimarc Opti-Pac.

 

T-Molding.com
T-Molding
This pushes into the edges of arcade cabinets after you cut a groove for it.  I have reflective chrome/silver colored t-molding on my unit.  You can buy it in a number of different colors.

Note:  Cutting a groove for t-molding requires a wood router and a t-molding bit (picture).  That bit assembly is sold in two different pieces.  The round yellow cutter and the ball-bearing steel shaft are sold separately.  There's a bolt hidden underneath which lets you take the assembly apart.  It took me two months to find this bit.  The Woodworkers Warehouse had them, but they went out of business in December of 2003.  Don't expect to find these at Home Depot; only specialty wood shops carry these bits.  Home Depot does carry other router bits, but not this one.  It's a carbide tipped bit.

 

Ultimarc.com
Interface Cards (I-PAC 4 & Opti-PAC)
My entire control panel and coin door interface through these cards.  Wiring is rather simple.  Think of it like wiring a stereo system that has 100 speakers (or 50 if your control panel doesn't have many buttons).  Not very tough, but very time consuming.

I-Pac 4:  Used to wire joysticks, buttons, and the coin door (the switched that the quarters trip when they fly by use a very similar switch that the buttons/joysticks use, so wiring them is just as easy as everything else).

Opti-PAC:  Used to wire the trackballs and rotary/spinner controllers.  It also is wired up to four different buttons (two of the left trackball, two for the right trackball).  This treats your trackballs and rotary controllers just like mice (although the rotary controllers only move "left-right" or "up-down" depending on how you wire them).

Note:  My original I-PAC 4 was faulty.  Apparently there was a bad batch of them made during late 2002/early 2003.  I happened to get one of those cards.  The solder on some of the connections wasn't applied correctly.  After I wired it up the Player 1 and 2 controls worked fine, but the Player 3 and Player 4 controls didn't work (or would work for a few minutes and then cut out).  I wrote Andy at Ultimarc about this seven months after I had purchased the cards (I ordered the cards before I finished the control panel), and he sent me a replacement I-PAC 4 for free.  Top guy!  Now everything works perfectly.  Thanks Andy!

 

ARCADE CABINETS:

 

Jubei: Rob's MAME Cabinet
This one started it all
Board one day on Slashdot, I started clicking static links listed and came across this.  I never heard of an arcade cabinet before I saw this.  About four weeks later I was starting construction on my own.

 

Neil's MAME Cabinet
4-Players, 2-Trackballs, 27" Arcade Monitor
This is probably the only other arcade cabinet in existence that's larger than mine.  It's because of this cabinet that my control panel has such an array of buttons, trackballs, and spinner controllers.

 

RESOURCES:

 

ArcadeControls.com
Control Panel, Cabinet, and Tons of Other Advice
I came up with many ideas because of examples listed on this site.  Their forums are especially helpful.

 

Easy MAMECab
Monitor, Sound Card, Video Card, DOS, and Software Information
This site is the reason why I bought my monitor, sound card and video card.  Want to know how to set up your Wells Gardner D9200 monitor for 15Hz play?  Want to know exactly how a CRT arcade monitor works?  Look here.  What a resource!

 

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