Quoted from MrArt2u:
Just today I was working on our Op Pop Pop (also a zipper flipper game, by the way) and pulled the bottom board out to the "service" position several times. Why can't they ALL have that feature!
Simply because pinball manufacturers are going backwards in terms of construction and quality.
This feature was the precursor father to the sliding rail playfield system used in late model BLY/WMS games for ease of maintenance and repair, before this was removed as well. The Pin2000 system used a different swing design, but it still existed in a different manner. Stern eliminated this concept entirely upon return to construction, and eventually removed service rails on games as well.
New owners and operators cannot argue against removing things from games they did not know existed. It a trademark of the lack of pinball innovation, and an example of the state of the industry.
"Owners will never notice."
They are correct in many cases.
If people look closely, many things have reversed direction, all to decrease production costs and increase profit margins. Even the wire is cheap. If owners want to see innovation in terms of game features, they need to look to the past, just like in other industries.
In another 100 years, many EMs will still be running after passing 150 years old, when many solid state games are in dumpsters, except for a handful of collectible titles. Most EMs already have survived the hardest of times when SS took over when it was reported they were "more reliable", which is only true from the standpoint of the first 3-5 years for operators who wanted to minimize techicians. People should realize in the old days attendants WERE technicians, not just emptying coin boxes. Where are those early SS games now?
Surprisingly, over 30% of all EM Jousts are still around even after 48 years, not a bad run, considering it is higher than many early SS.