My Sega Saturn Video Game Collection

Highlights are 2, yes 2, Daytona CCE Netlinks, and 2 Panzer Dragoon Sagas (one factory sealed). Any questions or comments? Please do not hesitate to leave them… please 🙂

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Sega Saturn Laser Pickup Replacement Repair Tutorial

Your Saturn not reading discs reliably? Well, below in that YouTube video I linked, I show how to replace that laser pickup. You can purchase your new laser pickup from eBay through the link below. It’s only $17 at the time of this post.

Parts and Tools Needed:
Laser Pickup (JVC Optima 6S): http://www.ebay.com/itm/251184002162
#1 & #2 Japanese Screwdriver (Optimally)
Soldering Iron– Must be ESD safe as the laser pickup assembly is prone to ESD (Electro Static Discharge).
Solder Wick
Silicone Grease– Optional

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Sega Saturn Mod Chip Install (V3 Universal) Tutorial

Just finished a video tutorial on how to install a V3 Universal mod chip on a 64-pin Sega Saturn.

Tools needed:
Kapton Tape
#2 Japanese screwdriver (optimally)
Soldering Iron & Solder
22 ga. wire (stranded or solid). In hindsight, it’s better if you go with solid so you don’t have to tin the power supply side of the wire.

With the mod chip installed, obviously, you can play backups of your copies of Saturn games. With the resale value of any Saturn paraphernalia, this mod comes highly recommended. The mod is also 100% reversible, and will not leave any traces that the internals were ever messed with- well, except for removing the original cd-board ribbon tape.

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Dos Gramos La Magistral Negro 4ba Unboxing

This black (negro) version of Dos Gramos’ La Magistral 4ba is only available at Head-Rock. They have what’s called a DLC coating, i.e. Diamond-Like Carbon coating.

Undoubtably, Dos Gramos’ whole theme is Luchadore inspired, naming their darts after various wrestling maneuvers. La Magistral, according to Wikipedia is a “arm wrench inside cradle pin,” which you can view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsuY4Ed0q4o

We’ll see how well the DLC holds up.

Oh, and don’t mind the ugly hands… they’re not as nice as George Costanza’s… lol

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Dos Gramos Corbata 4ba Darts

OK, this is what I found through tons of research about Dos Gramos darts. Although Dos Gramos is available from the major Japanese dart chains such as S-Darts, Darts Hive, Darts Shop Tito, etc., Head-Rock is the physical/web store that also sells and markets Dos Gramos darts, through which you can only get special colored versions like “negro” and “burnt titanium.”

Head-RockIt is this man and his female sidekick here that seems to run Head-Rock and also design Dos Gramos darts. They inject a lot of quirky personality into their shop with the Lucha Libre and pro-wrestling inspired themes and names of the Dos Gramos line of darts.

You can get a tour of the Head-Rock store through some of their Twitcast videos. This is the only darts company that makes public the behind the scenes stuff that goes on in a dart company. They seem to be having fun and doing what they love; which is exactly why this is now my favorite darts brand.

Company website/webstore: https://head-rock.jp
(It’s supposed to be “head-lock,” named after the common pro-wrestling move. The Japanese mixes up their Ls and Rs in their English).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dos_gramos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dosgramos

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HeadRockCH/videos

Head-Rock Blog: http://ameblo.jp/headrock666/

Dos Gramos Blog: http://ameblo.jp/dosgramos/

Twitcast: http://twitcasting.tv/headrock666/show/
Twitcast shows videos of the Head Rock shop.

I recently received my Corbata darts from DartsBuddy. Threw with them a few days ago, and they fit my throw nicely. Obviously for the rear grip, rear balanced preferring player.

Pretty long at 44mm and heavy at 17.5g, for soft tip standards.

Grip is average, just the way I’m starting to like it… not too much, not too little.

You can see how the small diameter 4ba tip can offer tapered, skinny front end darts, as it still keeps the weight even without the mass on the front end.

Quality is great, but the packaging was pretty spartan, only coming in a cheap box with a bubble wrap pocket. But I guess it was a way to keep the price down. Hands down the cheapest packaging for darts I ever bought.

But I’m stoked about the darts. Super pumped with them, and I’m sure you’ll be too.

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Flavor Store Design Tiny Shark Darts Photos

In my quest to find the perfect dart barrel for me, I decided to try an extra short one- The Flavor Design Store Tiny Shark. The entire Flavor Line is designed by Japanese darts advisor KTM (Katsumi Odagawa). He also has designed other darts related items such as the L-Style Krystal flight case (you can see the tooling “KTM” marking near the left mounting hole), the rocket shaped flight (right)fit_rocket; while aslo producing his numerous “School of Darts” DVDs. You can identify his designed products by his distinctive skull logo that you may have come across.

The darts are obviously super short, without being fat, which is unique. The shark cuts are not as aggressive, providing great grip, without feeling like they get stuck to your fingers during a throw. The finish on the darts are the usual type, not the high-shine finish like those on the Basara darts, which is really my only minor gripe.

Characteristics:

  • 90% tungsten
  • 16g weight
  • 7.6mm maximum diameter
  • 32mm lenth

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Platinum by Caesar Cleo Darts Photos

These are my first darts I ever purchased. I remember going out with my friend Derek to a bar in town- Velvets. It was the usual type of pool hall with mainly pool tables, but it was unusual as it had a distinct youth feel to it as there were mainly 20 somethings in that night. My experience with pool halls were mainly at Pearl City Cue, and for all the times I was there, you can count on one hand, it was always smoky and filled with 40 year old men trying to get some time away from their old lady it seemed.

Velvets had three board machines that were lined up next to each other in a corner, and I remember being terrified my throw would miss the board. I threw as well as one might being a beginner, but I had such a good time, I had to get my own set… the next morning. LOL.

My bud took me to a place called “Us Is Nuts” over in Dillingham. He threw the regular Caesars, and I naturally was pointed in that brand’s direction.

These Cleos were distributed by Dartworld in Massachusetts. I believe the darts were made for Dartworld by Harrows in the UK. I know harrows makes the same type of case, and these darts always came with Harrows Dimplex flights. The flights on them now are not the originals. Dartsworld darts at the time alway had different designed slim flights on each of their sets.

I believe they are rare as there is no information on them available on the web.

Stats
Length: 43mm
Weight: 13.15g, 13.5g, 13.4g (huge variance!)

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