Quoted from Coindork:
I don’t think the idea is to start with the worst machine possible and restore it.
You need to have a good canvas to create a painting.
On the turn side a machine is only original once. I don’t think you want to take a true low play survivor or home use machine and do a ground up nuts and bolts restore.
The answer is somewhere in the middle.
I agree with this. I have both in my collection. I move toward low play original games with as much originality as possible when I buy. I truly believe in the original play field no matter whether the game is restored or not. The original board set matters to me also. The really nice low play examples are getting harder and harder to find especially at reasonable prices.