Like you, I think EM machines are quite nice to look at. Xenon is probably my favorite backglass ever. BUT, I don't think they could hold my interest like a 90s SS machine. Your mancave buds might get a little bored with an EM (IMO). Just get a SS that doesn't have crazy toys... something like TZ or STTNG might be a bad idea. I have little knowledge of pin repair but have managed to keep up with any issues that have popped up on my T2.