Quoted from NorCalRealtor:
Out of curiosity, how many of you would buy a "routed" or "player's condition" MM and simply play it, and not feel inclined to restore it?
If the money was right, I wouldn't care. MM will never be a B list title. Hell, it'll never NOT be an upper-echelon A title! As long as there's room to do the full restore and not be overly upside down, I wouldn't hesitate getting it. Besides, you can enjoy the heck out of it while you save up money for the the restore. Then just give the whole thing, plus whatever parts you buy along the way(playfield, ramps, plastics, etc.), to the high end restorer of your choice and wait for the awesome to be returned to you. McCune's not too far away from us here in California, plus he might even meet you in Vegas for the drop off(Gives you a great excuse to hit Vegas for a day or even a weekend!).
Um, they wouldn't share them with us necessarily, but with each other for sure!
Quoted from Squeakman:
I am still praying one of the high end restorers will offer up some in depth videos or pictures of the full process. What tools they like to use, what products, and the like.
One word: Festool.
Trust me. I have a friend who, when he converted his garage into his woodshop, went all out and got pretty much everything Festool. He went from nothing to Festool, not even stopping along the way at Ryobi or Craftsman Professional. Expensive stuff but man, seriously nice, seriously high quality schtuff!