Where does CPR's artwork come from?
Artwork comes from a variety of sources… sometimes from original factory films, from original factory design computer files, or sometimes even by some crazy person going at it old-school with hand-cutting rubylith. Most of the time, however, our artwork is redrawn digitally by one of the ArtTeam. Having digital redrawn artwork is far superior because it allows us to identify and often fix compromises or mistakes from the original artwork that was caused by very tight production schedules when your original game was produced.
Where do CPR's inserts come from?
All the inserts we use come from the same original factory molds used for the last 50-60 years in Chicago, and from the same factory that made them for your original playfield! We occasionally have to deal with lost molds, but sometimes have our own molds made at the factory to produce the extinct part, from their equipment.
What kind of wood are CPR's playfields made from?
CPR only uses the very best wood we can get our hands on. Currently we use a very expensive custom made plywood from Wisconsin. It has alternating layers of Canadian Maritime Hard Rock Maple and White Ash. Current industry gameboard stock (example: Stern) is a .5325″ thick stock with one good face of 0.060″ veneer. We upped this specification considerably. We use two THICK 0.080″ face veneers (25% thicker than normal) which allows our CNC operator to pick the very best side for your playfield. We upped the overall thickness of our gameboard stock to 0.545″, which gives a better balance with our thicker veneers and greatly reduces the chances of twisting. The thicker face veneers on our wood (25% thicker than common stock) means a much denser wood surface (with much harder cores), leading to less ball dimpling compared to any playfield wood stock in use today. Some of our finished playfields weigh more than 15lbs, and are so much more dense than industry standards, we have seen certain examples of our playfields almost double the weight of a factory NOS board!
How do I know what is going to be released by CPR in the future?
We are currently making every titles of plastics and backglasses we have ever made! New ones are slowly being introduced too. For Playfields we are retooling and trying to remake all 53 titles of PFs we have made in the past as well as introducing some new less glamorous but no less needed titles. With some great new gear we should be able to eventually have every one of our 53 existing titles in stock…. all the time. But its a big job, please be patient!
Nothing you have produced so far is of any interest to me or my collection. I want (insert part here) to be made.
Everything stems from artwork. If there is something you want CPR to insert into its future calendar, get the artwork to us. Artwork doesn’t come out of thin air, though. Far from it. It takes work, skill, and dedication. There are a couple of ways to get your artwork prepared and to the forefront: a) Draw the artwork yourself b) Commission a colleague, buddy, or relative with the skills to do the artwork. Once we are supplied with artwork, it will greatly accelerate the possibility your dream project will come to fruition.