1) Rick's MAME Project II - http://home.neo.rr.com/martinko/mame.htm
This was the first MAME cab I saw, so naturally, I studied it like mad, the gears of my mind turning with every word and image
I even ended up using the same cabinet (TMNT)! I roughly followed his cp layout, and he sold me on the IPAC! So, Rick was a wonderful inspiration and guide, from dream to reality.
2) 1up - http://www.1uparcade.com/arcade-const-plans.html
I love his rotating panel, and even though I decided not to go that way, his cab was a great inspiration of creativity and ingenuity. I used an e-stik because of him. The website is top notch and informative for newbies and veteran builders alike. THE most invovative in mamecab technologies in my opinion.
3) Scott's Unicade - http://home.austin.rr.com/shumate/unicade/index.htm
Great cab with a lot to offer on his website. I used his cp layout, along with Rick's to design my own upright cp!
4) Supercade - http://www.cybercoma.com/supercade/
This cabinet is very well done and gave me some pointers in chosing a monitor. Inovative with the duel layer design. Great site.
5) Mr. Salty - http://www.mrsalty.net/
I used his website off and on. His modular design is the best one I've ever seen, and he gives in depth information for prospect builders(even a cost anaylsis- ouch!). I also seriously considered following his rotating monitor solution. I used his idea in powering the cabinet with a button wired to the comp's power. Wonderful website.
The website doesn't work anymore? Well, I based my stand alone off of this guy's, so I give homage.
2) John IV of MAME32 -http://www.classicgaming.com/mame32qa/controller/controller.htm
I enjoyed reading his adventure in building his own controls! Gave me some insight into the "plexiglass" phase of my project, as well as the simplistic artwork for a cp overlay.
2) GSXRMovistar - http://www.runriot.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/arcade/
The best standalone I've seen. The artwork is freak'n awesome...I want to copycat it someday
His website is fairly new, and I didn't see it until after my cab construction, but looks great!
PS- I like the "top 5" in each category idea over a "top 10". Which ever way you go though, great idea in giving honor to these wonderful build your own arcade control masters!