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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - SOLD!!!
« on: July 23, 2008, 08:26AM »
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SOLD!!! On eBay with BUY-IT-NOW for $500.00 plus shipping & handling.
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #1 on: July 9, 2008, 11:03AM »
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IIRC, we had the item in our product line for a couple of years during the electronics boom years in the '80's then they decided that the market was so specialized and niche... that it made more sense to divest themselves of all the tooling, artwork, and associated software.  We had been working on an upgraded software program that would raise the rating substantially, but it never made it to production under our name.

The Phantom isn't a copy... they simply bought/acquired all the tools and rights and marketed it under their name.  The design is still good-looking by today's standards, and the Industrial Designer who did the shell design (John Vernon) should be complimented on that as should Ed Levy... who was the lead mechanical engineer at Milton Bradley that took my raw prototypes and made them manufacturable and reliable.

I should note taht the reserve is just under $500.00 in the auction.

Mike
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #2 on: July 9, 2008, 05:48AM »
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Thank you for these post Mike. How long did you follow the product? Did Fidelity buy the rights from MB? It's obvious that the Phantom series are a copy of the MB but I never heard anything official on that.

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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 02:38PM »
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For those of you who'd like to see my Milton Bradley Grand Master unit powered up and running, here's a short clip:




I apologize for the video quality and noise... never thought the camera would pick up the dehumidifier .  If I can improve the clip I will.
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2008, 01:25PM »
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Brian...

No problem at all on your feelings regarding setting prices

As noted, mine has _maybe_ 2 to 3 hours (_max_) play/test time on it and that's it.  No offense to everyone, but I'm not a chess player, so the item just wasn't used and it was only kept for sentimental and engineering/design values. 

There is no wear and tear, no scratches in the main housing, plexi cover, or the labels, all the playing pawns are there, the original package is intact and in very good shape including the foam blocks, and the original power supply is there as is the instruction manual.  I feel that it's way above average with regard to condition, and that's why I chose the $499 amount. 

And if the buyer is a real collector, he will certainly get a kick out of having my original concept notes/sketches for the project.  I hope to pull it back out of the box tonight and plug it in to see if all is well.

UPDATE:  JUNE 25TH @ 10:25PM  RAN THE GRANDMASTER IN AUTO MODE.  WORKS GREAT.  TRYING TO POST A LINK TO A SHORT VIDEO, MAYBE TOMORROW.

Mike
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2008, 08:00PM »
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Quote from: igenius on June 23, 2008, 07:00AM   

Just a bump to bring this to the top, and also to ask why there's been 70+ views and no comments?  Isn't anyone curious about this chess computer game?  Should I just put it on eBay?


Just a small observation. One recently sold on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160248230504 It sold for $445. After originally being there as a buy now for $450 and no takers. Previously about 3 months ago one sold for $299 as a buy now. It was also complete. I missed that since I live in Canada and at that time didn't have a US postal address.

The unit sold has the trays for the pieces and all the crowns.

I personally don't have a MB Grandmaster. But I would not pay $499 for the unit. I would pay $325 but I don't want to insult you.

If you feel you should have a reserve of $499 then ebay is the way to go.

Brian
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008, 05:26AM »
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I suppose it makes sense to check it out again.  The last time I fired it up was maybe 10 years ago and it seemed fine.  I'll check it out tonight or tomorrow.
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2008, 03:22PM »
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Hi,  Superb Looking Machine!! 

Have you tried playing with it? If so Does it work 100% or are there any problems at all?

Regards Kaseldop
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2008, 01:51PM »
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Nick...

Thanks for the response.  I was almost wondering if this was an unused forum.  And yes... it's in fabulous condition.  I have the original package, there's not a scratch on the unit or the plexi cover, the power supply is there, the manual, and the box of pawns.  I don't know if I have all the tiny crowns though.  But's here's some additional pictures:





Pardon the dust on the bottom picture .  Most of my pictures are usually better .
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Re:FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008, 09:52AM »
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Hi Mike,
I am sure there are many who have read your Post with interest. 

Unforunately in my case I already have the Milton Grandmaster. 

I would love to see your orignal concept sketches but buying a second Grandmaster is not an option for me.  Your price is reasonable as far as I can tell especially considering that your computer and box looks in excellent condition.

I am assuming that the chess pieces are also included but the question still needs to be asked since they cannot be seen in your photo.

All the best

Nick
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2008, 07:00AM »
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Just a bump to bring this to the top, and also to ask why there's been 70+ views and no comments?  Isn't anyone curious about this chess computer game?  Should I just put it on eBay?
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FS: Milton Bradley Grand Master - Special!
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2008, 08:43AM »
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Hi Folks...

1st post here, and it's at the suggestion of ismenio, whom I've corresponded with via email.  My name is Mike Langieri, and I'm the former Vice-President of Research & Development of Milton Bradley.  I note former, as I worked for MB from the late 70's till the early 90's.  I am semi-retired right now, and as all retirees know... we start cleaning house when we get bored.

I was the original inventor of what you guys know as the Grand Master Chess Machine, and as I explained to ismenio... it didn't start out life as a chess game.  I originally conceived the game as a robotic game that had self-moving pawns after seeing Star Wars.  You might remember the Wookie playing a 3D holographic game in the 1st movie.  The project was code-named "STAR GAME".  We built several prototypes in R&D, and only after a corporate new project review with out CEO & Chairman was it decided to try and re-design this concept as a chess game.  At that point, one of our top mechanical engineers (Ed Levy) was brought into the project.  Ed was very talented in transforming mechanical concepts into production pieces and the finished project owes a lot to him.

As part of our research & development process, we would occasionally buy items back from retailers to see how our products shipped.  The example I am looking to sell is such an item.  It was shipped back privately, and then examined by our quality control department to make sure it survived 100% and then turned over to me.  It became my private record copy so to speak, and I hope you won't chuckle... but I'm not a chess player, so this unit has perhaps 2-3 hours of bench test play on it, and since then it's been in storage in my home.

Here are a couple of pictures for reference:





I was going to put this on eBay with a reserve of $499.00 but decided to list it here first.  I will include copies of the original concept sketches/description as well as my old business card to verify my story and this item's authenticity.  Shipping is extra and dependent on location.  For an additional $100.00, I can have a plywood crate built to further protect it in shipment, but otherwise I would have the UPS store pack/wrap it at the buyer's expense.

Ask any questions you might have, I'll be happy to accommodate.  This is an exceptional example of the Grand Master, and it might be pretty special to have the inventor's private model.  Isemio has my email if you need it, or you can contact me here.

Sincerely,


Mike Langieri
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