Likewise, the "new is better" attitude is often not appropriate to a given situation. Judge each new and old piece of gear on its merits relative to its intended use. For example, the old designs can sometimes be more robust, even if lacking in features. An old-style hand-wired amp (built new or an old, maintained one) is quite serviceable and not susceptible to future lack of software upgrade support. How many modern, software-driven amps will still be supported in 20 years? Do you even care? On the other hand, the old-style hand-wired amp lacks an on-board digital recording output for quiet, late night home recording and doesn't support that use case particularly well.