I did a playfield swap on a Fathom once, plus took apart those drop mechs. It took some time, but I wouldn't call it simple.
Quoted from EvanDickson:
Centaur actually has some pretty complex mechanics underneath to spot drop targets and auto launch the ball. I'm not sure it would be any simpler than a modern pin to remake.
Definitely not. But it's such an old and simple pin so that equals cheap? Right?
Quoted from trilogybeer:
To be honest ,I’d prefer to find a classic with good bones and make it nice myself rather than pay a bunch for a remake .
Bingo. This is the way to go. You can still find decent deals for projects for pins like Centaur if you do enough searching and have patience.
I get there are people who just wanna play, but at some point, your pin will need to be maintained. I feel like sometimes there is an assumption that if these CGC remakes are so reliable, then it's also assumed that a remake of an old and simple machine will be totally bulletproof...and most reliable with the highest quality parts ...but still cheap!