You have decided against the CF. That's good. Your reason for wanting it was not so good. I am still a pinball newbie. Some of these guys' gray hair is dragging the floor and they make me look like I got a hair cut yesterday.
Here is what has worked for me for buying my pins and not getting a dud. I did not want to trap myself into overpaying for crap that it would mean taking a loss to get rid of it.
I kept watching You Tube videos. I camped out at Papa's website and watched tutorials and game play vids. Or I went to YouTube and looked for any vids of pin I thought was interested in. It took me almost two years to finally pull the trigger. Some of the pins I thought I would really like to have, in hind site, it is good that I did not buy them.
Sometimes the vids you can find are fun to watch while other vids are just poor quality trash.
If you find a pin vid you think you like, keep watching it for 10 or 15 times. If you get bored watching the video then owning that pin will probably not be much better.
Be willing and prepared to drive few miles when you find one you want to own.
What rufessor says about dumping an extra few hundred dollars in your new buy is so true. I have this big hole in the floor of my pinball room and every time I walk in there I am tossing another $20.00 bill into that hole. But I don't mind because I made some good choices.
Take your time. Start camping out at the PAPA videos.