Quoted from mbaumle:
System 11 games are my favorite generation of games. Simple enough to explain rules to people who may otherwise not understand rules of pinball, but deep enough to hold long term interest of those who do. I love a deep ruleset as much as the next person does, but I simply don't have the desire to sit in front of a super deep game like LotR for 45 minutes and slog away at it.
I guess this depends upon your level of skill and how much work you're willing to put into it. I'm planning on hardtopping my Taxi in the next month or so, and I can definitely let you know how the process is going. This will be my first hard top installation.
Been spending a lot of time figuring out the hardtop thing. A playfield swap seems to be a good 40-80 hours of work regardless of game... at least to do it right. A hardtop seems to be 5 to 8 hours. That's to remove everything from the top of the playfield, sand down, apply, and re-install. I have decided the swap is a hard no but may look into the hardtop. I'm loving the game so far (top 5 for sure). If I can do a good job touching up the cabinet I might do the hardtop. I've gotten all the broken parts I needed off of ebay and a few random places. I'm surprised there are not more companies making repros on this one.