I'll be operating my first location (a great pool hall in Massachusetts) within the next few months, and wanted to get some advice from the pinside community.
In addition to an Austin Powers I'm restoring, I want to buy a NIB Stern, particularly a Metallica Pro or Star Trek Pro. I love both machines, but this isn't about me. This venue attracts pinheads and non-pinheads with an after-work crowd (bio, tech, IT professionals) as well as a hipster crowd.
I am leaning towards Metallica because the look, sound, and theme of the machine may fit in better with the pool hall, and I feel Metallica is a little easier to approach for a pin newbie (go for the electric chair, drop targets, ramps), as opposed to Star Trek, which requires you to know what to do when the first timed mode ends (restarting missions with the extremely difficult under-the-flipper shot or the side scoop shot). Also, I think Metallica will only get better with updated code, and we can put in additional songs (I'm thinking Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" would sound great coming out of a Metallica pin).