In the time I've been on Talkbass, I've been exposed to a great plethora of GAS-inducing gear that I never even knew existed at all. While it's a common stance for many musicians that a 60's Fender bass or a 70's SVT would outperform some of today's recreations or models...where do effects come into this philosophy? I hear tales of pedals that have no equal when it comes to recreations or knock-offs today; the Roland Jet Phase, Digitech Bass Whammy, Mu-Tron, and a whole host of others. With how common PCBs are today in almost everything, you'd think that we'd see higher-quality pedals at lower costs, but often times the new versions of these pedals don't stack up to the originals according to some players. Is this a case of "they don't make em like they used to"? Are they too preoccupied working around a price point instead of quality? Too much digital modeling that just doesn't stack up to analog effects? Are we listening with our eyes and falling under the placebo effect? Granted, I am POSITIVE that there are plenty of bassists who do not hold this view at all, I am just wondering what the purists have to say on why their vintage pedals outperform the new ones. Boutique pedal builders shell out some seriously awesome pedals now that are often clones, but what keeps the original manufacturer from stepping up and restoring some of these to their former glory?