Yes I know about the whole "Node Board Argument" but this topic is clear. Is the electronic future of Pinball headed for (SME) Surface Mounted Electronics? (I think it is.) I ask this question to you guys after having an issue with my Scared Stiff involving a GLM 16 Switch Opto Board That is SME Technology. Loved this board, it had nice onboard diagnostics and self test mode. It was those very diagnostics that help me quickly troubleshoot the board failure. The Problem was : (when a ball was ejected out of the trough, half of the optos were not recognized by the board.) Basically half the optos died in the game. The problem was quickly remedied by replacing the board. I used a through component board from Marco. ( Big High Five to Marco and whomever is making those boards, Thanks Guys) Went to GLM'S website and found that the board is out of stock and has been for sometime. They also don't offer any repair service to repair the board. (although Tony might do it if I contacted him. Haven't done that yet.) So should I just pitch this GLM board? Do you guys think the hobby is headed for SME Technology? Should we be worried about the old boards not being made anymore in the future? What about the New Games using SME Tech, do you consider it being a drawback for buying NIB?