I can’t say anything bad about Maiden, I played it once and was fine. However I agree that Stern doesn’t really go above and beyond, I don’t look at any recent Stern pins and say that’s really beyond what I was expecting for the money.
Stern sells fine ‘as is’ so they don’t need to go the extra mile. When I look at Woz, DI LE next to my Stern pins it’s clear JJP goes the extra mile and I think Spooky (at least from what I see if TNA) also goes the extra mile.
Stern makes some very good pins just don’t expect to be wowed by them and you’ll not be disappointed.
I just got the idea to buy another pin (TNA on order but wanted another pin to tide me over) so I was thinking Maiden or ST premium (owned the LE in the past) but just think Stern is skating by as evidenced by ST code update still didn’t address all the bugs. So I decided to give CGC a try with AFM. So in addition Stern is no longer the only game in town, JJP, Spooky and CGC plus others choices are great to have.