Slooow progress this month.
-I installed the Novamatrix LINX LED marquee light.
-The FE and MAME are configured and running.
-The cold cathode lighting is installed underneath.
Artwork and LED design/installation up next.
So a few personal notes. Keep in mind my last cabinet had a huge W-G D9200 Arcade Monitor. I was concerned about moving to a smaller screen.
1) Having now played MAME on my first LCD cab I can say that it is much nicer than I thought it could be. I played about 25 games without any overlay effects and I wasn’t thrilled as it looked too modern. I then added the RGB_KB.PNG overlay and suddenly it felt very authentic. Additionally the significantly smaller LCD feels MORE authentic than the humongous arcade monitor I had used in my last cabinet. Classic arcade games had small monitors.
2) This is also the first cabinet I have made or played since the MAME artwork engine was redone, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised about how the sides of vertical games can be filled with cropped artwork. The entire MAME experience has come a long way in the years since my last cabinet was built.
3) I highly recommend the GGG Novamatrix LINX LED Marquee light. I bought 2 extra segments and it was perfect.