Ok, I have been looking at this machine and could pay the 8500. My latest machines are typically LE (GB LE, Transformer LE) and have high end SM, etc. Also, I have seen the recent value go down (if I were to sell them today - which I am not). (Of course, this is a great time to buy people!)
I am personally struggling dishing out 1700 more for this machine vs 6800 for NIB. Ok, so maybe I spend another 200 on shaker, etc. The rest of the cosmetics just are not that great to get me there (agree it does have this things listed above, plus a topper).
My question - I do know Stern was doing something different with playfield and cabinets. Pinsiders - has this gotten better recently with SW or AS or ACDC VE premiums (most importantly). Someone mentioned that they were doing something different (to improve the quality) - looking to validate this - some facts.
FYI - either way - the latest ACDC premiums come with the SAM system still !
Also, the machine above looks great - only flaw would be that the main plastic window is a bit cloudy. And with the new HD glass - might be a so-so view. (Probably, me just being real picky on my machines).