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« on: June 12, 2005, 06:01PM »
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I will probably use the manual on the Conchess to save time.   

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You are what I call an optimist.

If you find out how to start a new game without switching the **** thing off and on again please can you let me know.

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Quote from: Mike Watters on June 12, 2005, 02:16AM   



Hope you find your Conchess is OK. My experience is varied I have a Monarch which is a beauty in perfect working order, the cheap Monarch board which can play chess but has some problems with the buttons, an Ambassador which is fine apart from one LED and another I got mainly for the program module.

I will be interested to hear how you get on with using all of its features, without consulting the manual. 

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Is this some sort of a challenge, Mike? 

I hope not, as I had difficulty in finding all of the features of my first Fidelity CC1, without the manual.

Then when I got my 2nd one, and it had a manual, I was surprised to discover that the CC1 has no features at all! 

I will probably use the manual on the Conchess to save time.   

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Whenever we saw some kids of this age exhibiting well-behaved manners, we tried to guess what their nationality was.  We would get close enough to them to hear them, or their parents, talk so that we could hear any accent.  At the risk of giving you a swelled head, I must tell you that the majority of the well-behaved children, by far, were from the U.K.  The worst behaved, not surprisingly, were Americans.  It could simply be that the Brits that can afford to take a vacation to Florida with their kids are more from the upper crust, and the Yanks are from every aspect of our citzenship.  Regardless, I came away very impressed with the young U.K. children that we saw at Disney World.

Now their parents are another matter entirely! 

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Well it is good to know at least some British kids can behave properly.

Brits have a pretty poor reputation on holiday in Europe, particularly at the big package holiday resorts in Spain and Greece. A tendency to drink too much may have something to do with it.

Hope you find your Conchess is OK. My experience is varied I have a Monarch which is a beauty in perfect working order, the cheap Monarch board which can play chess but has some problems with the buttons, an Ambassador which is fine apart from one LED and another I got mainly for the program module.

I will be interested to hear how you get on with using all of its features, without consulting the manual. 

Mike

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2005, 10:26AM »
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Dick,

I think I've been very fortunate with my Conchess Ambassador. I bought it from a guy in UK and I have never had any problem with it!
Actually, the sensors (reed switches) work even better than the ones in my Mephisto Exclusive, believe it or not!
When I place the pieces not exactly at the center of the squares or close to the borders it still senses them, it seems that with the Mephisto I have to be more careful. Though there's no doubt the Mephisto is far superior and I like it better, I found this to be interesting.

I have never opened my Conchess but if the problems are with the switches I'm guessing it may not be all that hard to fix it. But you didn't even get yours yet right? So don't worry about it... for now

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I sense that the collecting dark force is strong in you Dick!

Congratulations on the Conchess. Let me know if you're thinking about throwing away that awful, ugly box

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Ismenio,

Is your Conchess fully functional?  Have you ever needed to get any repairs done on it?  If so, did you do them yourself?

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After my long 2 week vacation from the Internet, I got my feet wet once again on eBay last night.  I missed this aspect of chess computers the most, while we were gone.  I took a couple of them with me on the trip, the Fidelity Designer Mach III and Excalibur Deluxe Talking handheld, but I really missed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat that eBay auctions bring.  Somehow, fighting thousands of little kids for the best place in lines for the rides and shows at Disney World didn't give me quite the satisfaction that winning a chess computer on eBay does. 

I hope this Conchess Ambassador is working properly.  I have heard that they can be a bit troublesome, and I don't think this seller knows very much about chess based on the position of the pieces.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5206055328&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

I feel alive once again!! 

Dick Schneiders


I sense that the collecting dark force is strong in you Dick!

Congratulations on the Conchess. Let me know if you're thinking about throwing away that awful, ugly box

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Somehow, fighting thousands of little kids for the best place in lines for the rides and shows at Disney World didn't give me quite the satisfaction that winning a chess computer on eBay does. 

I feel alive once again!! 

Dick Schneiders


Dick

It is very good to have you back but I expect the little kids at Disney World are even more pleased.

Mike


Well, yes, but the feeling is quite mutual. 

We continually ran into, literally, a great many of these little kids (and some not so little ones) as they rushed from place to place.  It was as if we were invisible to them.  They didn't seem to care what was in their way - they simply would try to run right through all obstacles.

While I am certain that they were overcome with the excitement of the situation (heck, my wife and I were certainly in a frenzy much of the time, ourselves), that doesn't excuse the level of rudness that most of the 8 to 13 year old kids exhibited.  My wife and I both love to observe the habits and actions of our fellow creatures, and we made a bit of a game out of it.  Whenever we saw some kids of this age exhibiting well-behaved manners, we tried to guess what their nationality was.  We would get close enough to them to hear them, or their parents, talk so that we could hear any accent.  At the risk of giving you a swelled head, I must tell you that the majority of the well-behaved children, by far, were from the U.K.  The worst behaved, not surprisingly, were Americans.  It could simply be that the Brits that can afford to take a vacation to Florida with their kids are more from the upper crust, and the Yanks are from every aspect of our citzenship.  Regardless, I came away very impressed with the young U.K. children that we saw at Disney World.

Now their parents are another matter entirely! 

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Somehow, fighting thousands of little kids for the best place in lines for the rides and shows at Disney World didn't give me quite the satisfaction that winning a chess computer on eBay does. 

I feel alive once again!! 

Dick Schneiders


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It is very good to have you back but I expect the little kids at Disney World are even more pleased.

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Quote from: steffen on June 10, 2005, 05:29AM   

Hi Dick,

nice to hear from you again.
I tell you: I had already 7 Conchess in my hands (every model). 5 of them needed repair (Reed-contacts).

Best,
Steffen



Thanks, Steffen.

Are the reed contacts difficult to repair?  Did you do this yourself?

Would a large hammer work to repair these? 

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Hi Dick,

nice to hear from you again.
I tell you: I had already 7 Conchess in my hands (every model). 5 of them needed repair (Reed-contacts).

Best,
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After my long 2 week vacation from the Internet, I got my feet wet once again on eBay last night.  I missed this aspect of chess computers the most, while we were gone.  I took a couple of them with me on the trip, the Fidelity Designer Mach III and Excalibur Deluxe Talking handheld, but I really missed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat that eBay auctions bring.  Somehow, fighting thousands of little kids for the best place in lines for the rides and shows at Disney World didn't give me quite the satisfaction that winning a chess computer on eBay does. 

I hope this Conchess Ambassador is working properly.  I have heard that they can be a bit troublesome, and I don't think this seller knows very much about chess based on the position of the pieces.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5206055328&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

I feel alive once again!! 

Dick Schneiders

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