the best option is a combination of the two. QUOTE]
I agree. In today's world, I would always prefer a combo glass and pillar bed. Many people only glass bed very good fiberglass stocks (McMillan) which can resist a lot of crushing torque from actions screws. There are untold numbers of wood stocks out there that were only glass bedded, and shot very well. Thankfully, we now have the knowledge and ability to commonly do both, and we have better foundations as a result.
For Epee, knowing you want to preserve as much of the original flavor of the rifle as possible, I would still glass and pillar. Invisible to the eye, and will provide years of service.