There's an allure for sure, else guys like Jeff Beck wouldn't be gassing for them so much. I say, don't question the pros. My reaction is such that if I can get a 50's something strat that sings without getting totally ripped off, I'm in. They're worth what people are willing to pay, but better in the house with me than a few extra numbers on a bank statement. If another's reaction is 'meh', then save the money. Everybody wins.