Quoted from Classic_Stern:
I can do what the hell I want if I buy it. Of course I would preserve it. I have done that for 1000's of games and the current whitewoods I own.
The point is Vid & a few other here have suggested going to the guys house and fixing the machine at his place trying to find out if code is semi finished or what ever before buying the machine. They are not talking about buying the machine first and that is what I kind of have an issue with.
Say you really want the machine and are willing to pay a "fair" price for it do you really want someone going to the guys house and messing with it before you pick it up?
My thoughts are machine should be sold as it sits - person with deepest pockets or most willing to take the risk wins. Or the guy should pay someone qualified to come fix the machine (or see if it can be fixed) before selling it. I see no good that can come from a bunch of hands into a machine that isn't owned by them.
As I had stated earlier - if you look at pictures posted on IPDB of this machine you see art getting lost off the backglass just in the process of harvesting the pictures. Very sad for the guy who might have been able to save that piece of art if he was careful and messed with removing the backglass once he got machine home.
I have never seen the logic in going to someones house and trying to fix a machine before buying it and that seems even less logical with something this rare.