"You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

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"You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby Sparky » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:44 pm

So... yeah... ever had one of those evenings where you see something and say "wow... that is a funny cabinet. Never seen one. I MUST HAVE IT!"? Well yeah... I had that last night. LOL

So our local Newfoundlander, Linkage, posts a cab on Facebook... "come and get it, or goes to the trash" he says. Well, I looked at the pics and was instantly intrigued. I must admit, I am not 100% in tune with the Japanese cabinet market, so no surprise that I had never seen this.
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Admittedly... it doesn't look like much. LOL But... it is interesting. So I zoom in on the pics and I see "TEKHAN" on the right-side corner of the marquee. Hmm... Japanese. So I do a 10 minute research and find out that these cabs are considered one of the ancestors of the candy cabs. Most of the ones out there that are still alive are in arcade muséums in Japan.

Here is an image from the Natsuge Museum in Tokyo:

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Link is here: http://gaming.moe/?p=1315

So... who the fuck is Tekhan?? Well... a few years after producing these cabs, they were known as TECMO. And at this point, every owner of an NES is nodding in approval. LOL

So yes... I threw some coin Ralph's way and decided to save this little gem. Why? I will answer that with questions...

- How does a Japanese cab end up in Newfoundland?
- What does it look like Inside?
- Why the hell not?
- Would this be a great cab for my kids?

So, the journey begins... well... for this cab anyways. From Ralph's place to Day & Ross, to my place, and maybe to a gameroom show at some point.

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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby OTTOgd » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:31 pm

Wow, that is so cool. And that's a 19" monitor, right?

Natsuge Museum is nifty. The row of cocktails is nice but single-player gameplay, I'm guessing.

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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby Sparky » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:14 pm

OTTOgd wrote:Wow, that is so cool. And that's a 19" monitor, right?


Domo arigato!


Well, I will find out soon enough!

But man, I love it... almost 20 years as a collector and 40+ as an enthusiast, and I STILL find stuff I have never seen before!!

It's gonna feel like Christmas when I pick this up! LOL... I know... crazy... it should be trash... but I still love it.
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Postby TwilightZone » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:50 am

What a great looking cab! And neat history, too. I've never seen anything like it. And like you said....how did it end up in Newfoundland? Looking forward to hearing more about it when you get it.
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Postby cait001 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:03 am

thanks for saving it!

yeah these things look super cute, like a Star Wars droid http://ikotsu.blogspot.com/2011/03/tehk ... binet.html
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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby Sparky » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:21 am

cait001 wrote:thanks for saving it!

yeah these things look super cute, like a Star Wars droid http://ikotsu.blogspot.com/2011/03/tehk ... binet.html


I am grateful to get the chance!

Funny side note, I will never forget the first time I saw the interior of an arcade cabinet. The first thing that comes to mind is "what... that's it??". It is really just a big box for nothing. So to see a cab minimizing the space by maximizing it's use is quite cool. Hence why I always liked caberets. Cocktails are cool too, but they do use more floor space. So to see this little guy is brilliant. I find that the height is great so you can sit on a stool, chill out and play, all the while the angle of the screen gives the opportunity for people behind you to see the gameplay.

I can understand why this didn't catch on much in North America, land of the "Think Big" mentality, but I still love this format.

Cocktails, caberets and mini-cabs like these are becoming slowly extinct. The craze for these cabs died out in the mid-80's here. But they still fit my "1981" vibe I am aiming for in the gameroom.
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Postby cait001 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:21 am

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Postby OTTOgd » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:56 am

Ha!*

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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby Linkage » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:00 pm

Couple of the Ontario guys were familiar with them, but I'm in the same boat - only one Ive ever seen.

There was a bunch here at one point, I've seen several generic marquees that fit them.

Glad someone could save it, will be a nifty little addition when restored.

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Postby hyann » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:59 pm

Wow, I understand why you jump on this one, really cool!
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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby Fifty » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:23 pm

This is pretty neat.

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Re: "You bought WHAT??" The Tekhan mini-cabinet!!

Postby gmaranda » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:56 am

Nice find Sparky!

Have fun restoring it.

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