I agree with fattdirk, Joker Poker is probably the best representation of an EM game turned Solid State. Certainly as far as "affordable" games goes (like you said, forget an EM EK or MH).
Of course, most Gottlieb System 1 games are nothing more than a glorified EM with SS guts. Gottlieb, due to the limitations of their original system, was very limited in what they could do as far as playfield features other than the mechanical devices they had already produced. They were certainly King of the Drop Target. By replacing the electronics either MPU, P/S or both with after market product like Niwumpf or Pl-1, you will get a very reliable fun playing game. And even the early Beep, Boop, Bop sound boards can be replaced with a traditional Chime unit.
Also, early WMS games probably fit about the same bill as far as feature light games. And there are even a few cross over games that can be found in both forms. Williams even used sounders in some of the early games. I remember seeing a score reel stepper unit in the bottom of a Hot Tip. http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=3163&picno=6490 But by Contact, they had already gone to electronic sounds.
For Bally, you may have more choice of games that were the SS still had chimes. The early Bally boards are really very reliable as long as you avoid the acid damaged ones and do a bit of updating to the 35 year old components. So, perhaps a game like Night Riders, Freedom, Eight Ball, or Strikes and Spares, may work for you. But Power Play and MH are two of my favorites.