Quoted from BackFlipper:
With a HEP MM clear coated play field, a HEP MM cabinet, all the MM mods, nickel trim everywhere, a HEP MM quality head and boards, that Jd can reach for the stars. If you're going to dream, dream big!
Yeah but is this all really worth it? I mean, assuming it's dialed in, how much 'better' does an HEP pin play versus a routed one?
The games I have the most fun on lately are newer Sterns, and mostly because they've seen less plays and tend to have stronger flippers and less wear that affects key shots. If you keep a MM dialed in, service the flippers, slings, pops and catapult, and keep the ramps adjusted, is having a shiny HEP version really that much better? I mean, I appreciate the 'looks' and art of a pin, 100%. But I sure enjoy playing them a lot more. And dishing out $22k vs maybe finding a rougher machine for half that, which might be able to play just as good... and then having a lot left over for other fun games. I guess I'd rather be in the latter camp than the former.
I used to be in the 'has to be perfect' camp back when I was a teenager fixing up cars. But after I got my first paint job on my first 'nice' car, and I found my first gouge from a rock on the highway in the paint job, I had to learn that you can have pretty things, and you can use pretty things, but if you use them, they won't stay pretty forever. I almost fell in that trap with pinball, too. If you go back in my post history I remember once I started realizing what playfield wear was, I freaked out and got really bummed out that my Super Mario Bros (HA!) would never be 'perfect'. The crew here at pinside straightened me out though.
I guess what I'm saying is, for $22k I'd much rather have lots of machines than a nickel-plated 'collectors item'.