Here is some info for any 90's arcade fans. The Electrocoin Duet was the centrepiece in many arcades and a long time "holy grail" cab for me.
They are quite rare to see come up for sale. I had an alert on ebay for several years before one came up. It seems most people think they are too big and they end up getting scrapped.
However, the seat section comes off halving the depth leaving you with these dimensions:
90cm wide, 180cm tall and 84cm deep.
So still slightly too big to fit through a regular 80cm door....
However, it fits neatly on a small pallet for shipping from UK to Ireland with Transland (around €100):
Once it lands on your door, start by stripping out the monitor, glass and jamma wiring so the cab is light.
You can take out the control panel section with a clamp/spreader. Be gentle with the clamp spreader and a flat head screwdriver to loosen the wood glue and dowels on each side until the control panel pops out:
Jigsaw out a section of the base - it's okay to leave this off as the base of the seat section goes over this cut out section anyway (I cut 15cm in from each side and 25 cm deep):
Now it fits in easily at an angle through the door. Get a corner of the base and control panel in first and then rotate the cab 90 degrees to get the rest of it in:
Once in, it's simply a case of reinstating the jamma wiring, monitor, glass etc. Then put the seat section on and it's ready to use.
It's the perfect height for kids too - the Xenon cab is too high (using that for vertical games only now) but this is perfect!
A grail cab for me too. They used to have three of these in the bowling alley in Palmerstown back in the day.
Cut my Street Fighting teeth on those cabs, love them to bits...pure nostalgia. Optimus will back me on this one!
Can still see them as clear as day.
This one came with the bootleg "Rainbow Edition"
You bought a duet??? you mad bastard! fair play!
Looks to be in lovely condition, any of them that I saw on site were in bits.
Nice get, and nice disassembly, very ballsy.
Enjoy it, really handy with the seats
Savage. I'm been longing for some fresh cab smut
Nice - didn't Dr. Quirkey's have a few of these or similar type large sit down cabs?
wow ,havent been on in a while and some nice gets happening ! Id say a lot ,if not most arcades must have had a few of these bitd, savoy in limerick had 2 ,sf2 and beside it football champ lol .It was great being able to sit down to play on them then! looks in good condition
Yeah it has to make you wonder did someone back in the day in Electrocoin see the Japanese sitting down at their candy cabs and think 'hmmm, that's not actually a bad idea!'
Bray Bowl had/has three of them. They had them back out again for the whole BYOB bowling when I was there a few years back. Got to have a crack at Metal Slug 3 on one of them
Yeah you'd wonder alright, it made playing and waiting to play street fighter less of a chore anyway and must have had some affect on the design .
Although our "other arcade" had these other "sit down" cabs (probably about 92-93ish) that where all the same ,about 30-40 red cabs with seats a bit higher than the duets but still seats ! so we were spoiled a bit. no idea what these cabs were, I don't remember any branding on them.
Oh yeah? that's kinda interesting, were they the usual western woodie types?
I remember seeing a thread over on AO with photos of (I think German?) western designed wood cabs but after the likeness of candy cabs. Strange looking beasts!
That's right. I used to go into Quirkey's on lunch break in early 00's and they had cabs even bigger than the duet there. Street fighter EX2 - with the kicks and punches wired up in opposite places..... Not quite as big as the megalo Sega cabs though. They had a virtual fighter (4 or 5?) that was in an even bigger megalo type cab.
Did you run an arcade geotrig??