Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Plus...and this is coming from someone who has resurrected probably hundreds of EMs...the goddamn things are just a bitch to keep running/get running sometimes. I'm getting pretty tired of dealing with them to be honest. Why spend hours pulling (what's left) of your hair out trying to get a bunch of gottlieb latch trip relays to work right, or spending hours battling with some bizarre Bally EM logic that makes no sense, emerging with filthy sliced and weathered hands? Isn't it just easier to redo some connectors, pop in a new board, and get a late 70s Bally working?
yes, it is.
EMs been driving me nuts lately, and I consider(ed) myself very good at working on them. Maybe I just need to take a break but I'm starting to hate them.
Your perspective is from someone who finds lifeless games and brings them back to life, yes? That's work, I hear you. Either I bought my EMs long ago before they got ruined or I bought them after someone like you shopped them, because they always fire right up, year after year. I find them very low maintenance and when I clean the playfield, it's easy to strip it. I wouldn't enjoy disassembling some modern playfields.