Mine is more philosophical, rather than mechanical.
Can you make the switchover to a more modern, useful tool, but still retain
the option to go back to the vintage if need be in the future?
I had to make a similar decision, with a different type of "tool" some 20 +
The "tool", still in use and much sought after, is a 1961 Fender Jazz Bass
that, with the original parts, will easily bring around $10 - 12K to the
I chose to remove the original "engine" (vintage pickups) and replace them
with something that was more modern, gave more tone options, and worked
better for more types of music in the studio.
It was a hard decision to make, and while I kept the original pickups which
could be put back, the hard core collector would know and would shudder to
think of the conversion.
In short, you will be slightly unhappy whatever you do, so pick the option
that gives _you_
the most satisfaction.
In my case, I made the decision to be able to continue to use the tool in a
modern world and gain the satisfaction that comes from using it.
Tough decision ... hope this helps to settle your mind.
Last update: 7/30/06
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