From what I can see from my own sources in Japan is that Biometal (バイオメタル) can easily be bought for ￥5,530 (Yellowing Cart), ￥8,600 (Cart Only), ￥21,900 (Boxed but tatty) or ￥38,400 Complete. This is of course without shipping and any handling fees a proxy might charge you.
I have also used Japan4U before as well and can attest they have been good to deal with the few times I have used them. I’m lucky as one of my Japanese friends runs his own retro game shop and lets me send items I buy in Japan directly to him and then just combine everything together when I have enough to ship a decent sized box over to me in the UK. Case in point one such parcel arrived today!
Most of the contents aren’t however game related so I won’t bother show anything else but the box being opened and the top level of contents:
However it did contain my latest CPS2 acquirement:
This completes my CPS2 VS series for me. I’m only missing SVC Chaos (MVS/PCB) and MVC2 (Naomi) to complete the set though I’m not a fan of MVC2 so might just skip over it unless I see it really cheap.
Also got in a bunch of Broadcast monitors from an ITV studio clearance which turned up yesterday:
2x JVC DT-V1710CG
5x Barco CVM3637
I need to sort out input cards for the JVC’s before they can be put into use. The pristine condition one has 57000 hours usage on it (looks like it was left in a permanent setup) and the one that looks like it has been moved around a lot and has some minor scuffs to the screen is only at 3700hours. Both have October 2008 production dates so maybe some of the last off the production lines.
The Barco’s are dated October 1998 and all seem to have very good calibration though they produce a very different type of image to what I’m used to with Sony PVM style broadcast monitors and you can not really see scan lines in the traditional sense and @Peltz called it a:
Beautiful even keeled pixel structure
I honestly can not decide which is better as I miss the thick scan lines but you get totally uniform pixels.
All the monitors are also marked as being last calibrated in May 2014 which is a really good sign. However on the Barco’s the calibration options are passworded and I have so far been unable to guess it or find a way to bypass it. I might have to just brute force it over time but it is 5 digits longs (numbers only fortunately) as I can not seem to locate any manuals for them or much information at all for that matter. I did contact Barco directly but they just reply back saying they are EOL and wont assist.
Lastly I also picked up a cheap Wonderboy 3 for SMS that was just in average condition but I bought it only because it came with a pristine manual and poster that I wanted to complete my already owned boxed copy.