cyrano.mac wrote:You can't stop progress...
Many supercars used to have a Ford V8. The easiest way out to get some muscle in there. Today, Nissan (or Mitsubishi?) is testing a 1,5 liter four cilinder at Le Mans. The thing makes 400 HP, without even going into crazy high RPM.
I was just watching this vid, with Sylvia Massey:
It's enlightening. From the gimmick, (the pickle) to the interesting. And the interesting is that any gear can do, if you're creative. Sylvia's even got an AKG C1000 and found a use for that. The C1000 is one of the most dreaded mics on the interwebs.
It shows that it isn't the gear you use, but what you do with it.
Of course, a Behringer won't sound exactly the same as it's 50 years old original. Why? Because that original doesn't sound the same as it did when it was new. Besides, I've never come across vintage gear that sounded the same as another one...
Vintage gear sounds great. Because of the way our memory works. We tend to remember the great ones and forget about the bad ones.
I think if we disregard ultimate authenticity and performance, it's really about feel, emotion, and inspiration regarding buying real vintage instruments. The wow factor before you've even played a note. Those thick aluminium side panels, the sea of multi coloured switches and knobs, the sheer size, it's all part of the whole experience for the player, and also, let's not forget, the audience. I could easily take Hauptwerk and a laptop into a church and play the organ, but it would die in comparison to hearing and "seeing" those wonderful pipes and console surrounding me.
I'm a car nut too, and I would be the first to admit absolutely, that any decent modern high performance car will run rings around its vintage counterpart. But vintage Ferraris and the like still sell for millions, and the reason is what I said above, and I want to feel like I'm actually driving something, not virtually being driven by the car.