I looked at this thread and laughed because it may as well be a democrat vs republican debate. Most people are staunchly sided on this issue and many for reasons of personal bias or gain. "MM owners don't want the value of their games to go down" and "MMR owners couldn't afford a MM" and the other usual crap. Whatever.
But I will say this. The original MM, like all other WPC95 games, has a proven service record (commercial, even) of nearly 20 years. I have worked on hundreds of WPC95 pins, and there has NEVER been one that I could not get back to working 100%. I have never had to swap in an aftermarket board. I have never sent a board to a manufacturer, distributor, "service expert", etc. Sure, by this point I suppose I am the expert...but honestly most of those games didn't need much and some didn't need anything, and I was never dependent on someone else to fix them.
The reliability of MMR is arguable. It's unknown. Anyone touting that it will somehow be "better" or more reliable has only bought into a sales pitch. There is no solid proof yet. But if there is an issue, as already evidenced by some threads here on Pinside, you are at the mercy of the manufacturer. The same manufacturer who has already broken the trust of many just by the amount of time it has taken to get their machine. Nobody else is an expert in the setup of MMR. Just like there are no experts on CGC's other coin-op products. That's how they do business...and it's a good business model for them ($ wise, not customer satisfaction wise) to be the only go-to for parts and service, except for when they decide to stop supporting that product. I could say other things here based on my experiences but there is no need...nobody will truly care anyway, because again, their mind has been made up.
Quoted from glasairpilot:
The remake does everything the original does and is brand new with better technology. I don't care what argument is made about original being better. The fact is that a 2015 Impala is a better car than a 1993 Impala because tchnology is better. I would rather replace a whole single board every 15 years than try to replace 8-10different boards or various wiring & connectors all the time. MMr makes a lot of sense IMO. If the original MM was so much better than MMr prices would still be $15k for pristine examples. Not so. The market has spoken. When all 1000 orders are filled this year and MMr standards are hitting the street MM will continue to fall. If you have a AFM, CV, BBB, etc now is a good time to sell. They will all be knocked off with better technology.
Quoted from Hawkeyepin:
I'd rather buy a MMr. Originals have been messed with by who knows how many people for nearly 20 years. I don't know of any professional designation for a "certified pinball repairman" so I'll just call it tinkering. I like this community but I don't trust 5 strangers who likely tinkered with an 8k purchase before I bought it vs fresh from factory.