In 2013 I got a Repair kit for the CX40 joystick Atari 2600, which I ended up using one of the joysticks Atari 2600 I won. Was then surfing the Internet looking for more of these kits to restore other joysticks when met Best Electronics, the original manufacturer of plate more durable for the CX40 Atari joysticks 2600.
Do not be fooled by the visual medium of Geocities site Best Electronics, they have the largest catalog of accessories for consoles and computers Atari I've ever seen. The most popular products are on the site, but most of it is only a paper catalog of over 5.000 items. Purchases of items and the catalog itself can be made by email, phone, fax, or carta. Except for email, they still seem to make sales in the same way they did there 30 years, in 1984, when the business began.
But the responses by email are fast and they are very attentive (do not send those pre-written answers that have nothing to do with the question). The only limitation is that cater only 2 budget requests per year, without coming into purchases. So you can not be evaluating many alternatives orders / freight, what could be done without restrictions if the site had a virtual store.
The list of items that asked is this:
- 1 Standard Atari US OEM TV Switch
- 1 US Universal Deluxe Cable Ready TV Switchbox
- 1 Atari US 2600/2600A/2600JR Power Adapter
- 2 CX40 Joystick upgraded with Best Life Gold PCB Board
- 1 CX30 with Best Lifetime Super Pots
The first item, “Standard Atari US OEM TV Switch” It is the switching key common antenna. I already have two of them that came with my Ataris, but both have the inscription “VIDEO GAME” em vez of “COMPUTER”, as it was in the Atari switching key 2600 of my childhood. Even the box of my childhood had text “Connect to Antenna” English. So I think the Atari 2600 of my childhood was a lot in that Polyvox imported the toggle switches, while the other two of my Atari 2600 Recent are manufactured in Brazil. So I ended up making the acquisition only for the purpose of “collection” same.
The second item on my list, “US Universal Deluxe Cable Ready TV Switchbox” It is a key more modern switching, prepared for the TV VHF whose input is for coaxial cable instead of the antenna tape, in other words, TVs we have since the late 80s / early 90 today. It is basically the same as the key traditional switching, but has input for both VHF antenna on tape 300 ohms as for coaxial cable 75 ohms. And the output to the TV is also much with tape 300 ohms and with coaxial cable 75 ohms. This yes I must use to connect the my Atari 2600 on my TV, avoiding the use of a ribbon cable adapter after the keyswitch. Just will not use the key since I already have an antenna switch 75 ohms for this function. So this change-over switch will only convert the traditional cable output RCA RF Atari 2600 F-connector for coaxial cables used in.
Could use a single RCA connector converter for F connector? Could. A Best Electronics says it's not a good idea, because the change-over switch has noise suppressor that the adapters is not, besides obviously not be a switch adapter. But, opening the switching key I see that there is nothing very special in it, ferrite is just at the entrance and exit tape, the cable seems to have nothing that can actually suppress some noise. Anyway it's an interesting item.
The third item, “Atari US 2600/2600A/2600JR Power Adapter”, is an original power supply Atari, compatible with the Atari 2600. Even though have already acquired an alternative source for the Atari 2600 I won, whose source was in trouble, I took the request to include the original source.
The fourth item, “CX40 Joystick upgraded with Best Life Gold PCB Board”, are a pair of joysticks with Repair Kit already installed. Instead of buying the kit found most interesting just buy the joysticks with upgrade already done, after some of the My joysticks came with bites and other signs of misuse. Better then acquire two joysticks in perfect condition and Inside built to last. Comparing the two controls that received to note that there are differences in the rubber feet. There must be new (never used), but are in perfect condition. At least were very well kept and then restored by Best Electronics. The two became the official joysticks my Atari 2600 with S-Video mod, Composite Video, Pause and Stereo Audio, that is what is always installed and ready to play.
The fifth and final list item, “CX30 with Best Lifetime Super Pots” It is a pair of controls type paddle for Atari 2600. I had already received a couple along with the Atari 2600 with S-Video mod, Composite Video, Pause and Stereo Audio that came from the USA, but that pair, Despite the appearance of new, has some flaws (small oscillations) na when using. I then decided to buy that pair that is already updated with pots that last 3 times more than the original and which are a result of search 6 a 7 Best made for years Electronics. These rather worked perfectly and I could finally play some Atari games 2600 I never had opportunity. Even if memory serves me after more than two decades, I remember me and some colleagues have obtained a cartridge with Circus Atari game 2600 sometime, I think it was a multi-game cartridge. Did not even know of the existence of paddles. Obviously we can not play with the traditional joystick (CX40) and assume that the game was defective or something. More than two decades later I can finally play Circus, Breakout, e but dozens of games that use the paddles.
A Best Electronics envia pelo USPS Priority Mail e pelo USPS First Class Mail. I opted for the first since the price difference was small and usually the Priority is faster. Also I wondered bring via Shipito, but not worth that particular case. The package came very well packaged in a recycled box's own Atari, and “peanuts” Green biodegradable. And I did not even know existed “Styrofoam” biodegradable. The items came with their individual packages, the sealed controllers, the source also. Along with all of them came a series of brochures with reports on the Atari, Best Electronics and some advertisements for other items they sell.
Despite the box is great, of invoice include the freight from US $ 50,00, not have been marked as present and the sender not be individual, the package was not taxed and it was delivered in just two weeks. Sometimes the Brazilian Federal Revenue let us have a taste of how it would be to live in the first world, may buy abroad will, without exorbitant taxes and receiving packets quickly. Too bad those moments are rare.
Check out the tracking information package:
|05/11/2014 17:37||CSD [Removed]||Delivery Effected|
|05/11/2014 09:53||[Removed]||Out for delivery to the recipient|
|03/11/2014 14:15||CTE CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP||Routed|
|Referred to CDD [Removed]|
|31/10/2014 16:47||CTE BENFICA – RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ||Routed|
|Referred to CTE CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP|
|29/10/2014 15:50||CTCI RIO DE JANEIRO / GTCAI – RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ||Routed|
|In transit to CTE BENFICA – RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ|
|28/10/2014 18:38||UNIT TRAT INTERNATIONAL RIO RIO – RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ||Routed|
|In transit to Customs Enforcement – Customs Enforcement / BR|
|28/10/2014 18:37||UNIT TRAT INTERNATIONAL RIO RIO – RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
|25/10/2014 06:41||UNITED STATES||Routed|
|M traveling to TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL|
|25/10/2014 06:40||UNITED STATES||Awarded|
|Received the unit export|
|22/10/2014 19:18||UNITED STATES||Posted|
And the purchase summary table:
|Shipping Type:||USPS Priority Mail|
|Shipping Fee:||US$ 47,40|
|Package Home Country:||U.S.|
|Time in Transit:||14 days|
|Type Marked Content:||Merchandise|