Quoted from mechslave:
Collectors nearly always want originals over reproductions.
From what I have seen, this is rarely true. The following is just from my observations.
If the statement is true, why would people go nuts over a machine that has had the following 'replaced', not restored? Play field (being the biggest), cab decals, plastics, mechs, etc.
I mean, every Mirco and IPB play field is not an 'original'. Those cab decals people slap on old machines are not 'originals'. Those plastic sets CPR does are not 'originals'. They are all reproductions.
So, Wayne makes a complete reproduction, and people poo-poo it because it is not 'original'?
Well, how original is buying a AFM off route and basically replacing everything in the machine with reproduction parts? New Mirco play field, new cab decals, new plastic set, mods out the waazoo, etc.
If I buy a new cabinet, new decals, new play field, new plastic set, new star posts, new rubber, new flipper mechs, new coil wrappers, and so on and so on, take the wire loom off an old machine, put it all back together, I have an 'original' machine? Not a reproduction?