I've persisted with the E3000 because it's just so hard to beat the look of a black matrix Philips tube hooked up to this chassis. My advice to MAME users: if you're a CPS1/2/3 and Neo Geo fanatic (and enjoy other 224 line games by Sega, et al), this is the chassis for you!
Observe the sharp focus and rich colours:
|Street Fighter III 2nd Impact|
|The Last Blade 2|
The Loewe Calidas also have great aesthetics:
|Front... Lovely, simply styling!|
You may or may not notice a slight anomaly with the geometry in the picture above... compare the left and right edges...
|Calida 5027 (E3000 chassis, Super Flatline tube)|
This particular specimen was dream come true: excellent condition and at a reasonable price. The internals look pretty much immaculate after a blast from the trusty air compressor:
|Back cover removed|
If you like what you see here, keep an eye out for the Loewe CT1170 or Contur 1470. Both feature the E3000 chassis and A66EAK tube type. A little easy to find than the Calida 5072 in my experience...