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    Default Place to buy Vectrex controller, Sega Gen modded one, or the PSX adaptor

    Hi guys,

    I recently picked up a Vectrex (finally!) but the controller is shot. I know it's fixable. I tried, but failed. I have no repair skills, apparently.

    So, I've been googling for a retailer to get a replacement controller from, or a Genesis modded one, or some other kind of adapter like the PSX one (no longer being made).

    I've found nothing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Controllers pop-up pretty rarely on ebay and I have a feeling it's going to take me a while to find one at a reasonable price.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Finding one at a reasonable price is almost certain to not happen online. If I had your broke one, I'd want $25 for it.
    Either search the wild for a long time, fix the one you got, or pay the $50 they go for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyvale View Post
    Finding one at a reasonable price is almost certain to not happen online. If I had your broke one, I'd want $25 for it.
    Either search the wild for a long time, fix the one you got, or pay the $50 they go for.
    Where are you seeing them for $50? Ebay? $50 is a reasonable price. I'm having trouble finding a place to buy one.

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    OK, if $50 is reasonable to you, there's a NOS one now on Ebay, but it'll break $50:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-VECTREX-...item58919c0aed

    It's going to take some time if you just want a working used one. HTF and sought after, that makes it rough. Add it to your Ebay 'Saved Searches', and hope for the best. Maybe someone here will have an extra.

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    When I was in the same boat, I found an auction where I won another complete Vectrex for $60 shipped. It was way cheaper at the time than any of the controller BINs.

    I did look for a few months I should mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synbiosfan View Post
    When I was in the same boat, I found an auction where I won another complete Vectrex for $60 shipped. It was way cheaper at the time than any of the controller BINs.

    I did look for a few months I should mention.
    And even then, at that price, it was kind of a crap shoot on the controller being 100%, am I right? Or did the seller mislabel it?

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    Default Give the store a call,they ship as the sell on ebay.

    Maybe Joe has one at the store.


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    Cool, thanks for the tips guys. I appreciate it.

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    Recycledgamer does wonderful mods of SNES and Genesis controllers to work on vectrex systems. I have several controllers of his work and they are amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyvale View Post
    And even then, at that price, it was kind of a crap shoot on the controller being 100%, am I right? Or did the seller mislabel it?
    No mislabel and both my controllers work great. This is the first thread I've read where someone's was shot, I thought they were durable as hell. I got lucky I guess.

    When I said in the same boat, I just wanted a second controller for player 2 not that my controller was shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synbiosfan View Post
    No mislabel and both my controllers work great. This is the first thread I've read where someone's was shot, I thought they were durable as hell. I got lucky I guess.

    When I said in the same boat, I just wanted a second controller for player 2 not that my controller was shot.
    The controllers do work well usually, I'm just saying that if you got it that cheap, it probably wasn't from a seller who sells video games all the time and has good feedback. And those guys will turn a system on, and call it 'fully functional'. Which makes it hard to be certain the controllers are good.
    Personally, I'm like you. Wait till it's cheap, and get a steal. But if one wants a controller now, it's different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synbiosfan View Post
    No mislabel and both my controllers work great. This is the first thread I've read where someone's was shot, I thought they were durable as hell. I got lucky I guess.

    When I said in the same boat, I just wanted a second controller for player 2 not that my controller was shot.
    A bad Vectrex controller isn't that uncommon. I had to repair one once. Fortunately my problem was well-documented with a pretty straightforward fix using a spring from a 2600 cart. The hardest part was getting the sticker off the front of the controller to open it, IIRC.

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    Another option but might be also hard to find. Maybe there are some Apple II + controllers that have left and right player buttons that could work? I modded two aftermarket Commander Deluxe controllers, a strange hybrid controller with four buttons and potentiometers inside that works as a Digital stick in Atari and Analog stick in the old Apples. This leads me to believe the POT range is similar in the Vectrex, older apples and possibly PC joysticks?

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