Quoted from j_m_:
remember, no one's opinion is more important than your own. don't take anyone's word for it. take the time to play the different models that are available for a specific machine and purchase the one that you like the best
Great advice! You should find a way and make it your goal to play both machines to decide.
Quoted from 85vett:
Don't spend this amount of money based on others feedback. That's the worst pinball buying decisions I ever made was buying what everyone else thought was cool and not what I thought was cool. Lived and learned and will never do that again (not this game) Everything is personal preference and opinions are skewed towards ones liking. Just because ___ like something doesn't mean you will. Wait till you can play the games and then go from there. There are tons of MET's out there that I'm sure people would let you try out. Worst case, if you come to Austin you can play mine.
I'm not going to argue the differences of pro vs prem as it's been done 100s of times in this very thread.
Again great advice and a offer to get 50% of that goal accomplished and meet a cool Pinsider too! Being that the Pro/Premium debate goes on it really lends to the idea that it is very much up to your own personal taste. To me your spending a lot of coin on a machine with either a Pro or Premium. Add the fact that you could possibly regret on which one you choose, well maybe regret is the wrong word since the opinion of most is that you can't go wrong with either purchase. I would invest a little time and effort in playing both the models to decide for yourself even if that includes a bus ticket or two or a drive to get some actual play in.