Brilliant post that speaks volumes. You bring up a point that has two edges. The collector who is passionate or completely anal retentive about condition and originality. And the practical side, of making it work better so it can be used at all. I mean what’s the use for a mint condition kilobuck rig that doesn’t work well or at all? I have dealt with some of the most insane collectors who can afford anything they want who insist on making sure that after I finished a repair or restoration that “ please be sure to save the old caps”. I always chided them on how silly it is to do that for reasons many didn’t want to comprehend or simply didn’t want to be told how stupid it is to obsess about a useless object that will not preserve its original value. As if keeping the old parts would make them feel better or somehow justify the obscene amount of money they spent on something they want to look at and admit they finally made it to the big time. I have some stories of very famous people who I won’t divulge here, that fit this discussion perfectly. At the end of the day, practicality wins every time and those who understand the limits of design flaws will take the time to correct them in order to enjoy the hobby while those obsessed collectors will continue to fret over silly details that will never improve the quality of life. Meanwhile, their wives or girlfriends are looking at the menu with desire. You get the picture.