Out of curiosity, what's the most an MM is worth?
If you can get one from Europe (let's call it a beater machine) for 8.5k, and then buy a new Playfield (let's say 1k), and then pay through the nose for an amazing shop-job (let's call that 7k)... maybe throw in another 1k for shipping?
Wouldn't that make any MM out there today worth a maximum of 17.5k -and have to be in as good condition as a newly refurbished unit to be comparable?
That doesn't include mods or LEDs of course...
Is anyone willing to admit what they've paid for an MM in the past? or how much you got for one you've sold?
Since wire harnesses, playfields, and plastics are available, it would appear to me as though the price on any MM can't exceed the total cost of all new pieces and the restoration cost.
Come to think of it, has anyone out there priced out all the pieces individually? Why start with a beater at 8-9k if you're going to start by buying a new PF? What is it exactly that you're keeping from the routed machine?
Being new to the Pinball world, I would love to hear if any of my numbers are off. For example, the top restoration sights are quoting 4-6k for their services, with another 1.5 or so for cabinets -but do they generally run more expensive when all is said and done? I've seen some mighty nice resto pics on those sites!
Thoughts? I've read about the project that some of you are working on -to build new MMs from scratch. Sounds like there are many pieces that aren't being reproduced?