As I read through many threads I often shake my head a bit. Something I just don't get, maybe never will, that often leaves me with more questions: is that inefficient, low-powered, boat anchor of a fartbox vintage cab really worth keeping? At least once a week a thread will pop up regarding suggestions for upgrading the driver in an older cab. Yeah, sure. Retrofitting can be done to good effect and bring a new life to an old box. My question, really, is WHY? Is your rig a tool that needs to perform or an adopted family member that may let you down but, hey, they're family; it's okay. I really want to know, TB, where you sit on a hypothetical. I'm all about replacing a stripped screwdriver; the mower I can't get running; the knife that has no edge left and is losing blade to being ground so much. Isn't music gear that doesn't do what you need it to do just unnecessary? Is there really THAT much to gain in "resale" value by throwing money at a tool (that even if it works as flawlessly as it did when it was NIB) which pales in comparison to even some of the cheapest budget new offerings? Reconing a speaker that (by comparison to modern drivers) kinda sucks to begin with? Digging into the wallet for 40-50 year old rare parts to get an amp that (once again, by modern comparison) is under powered and just 'meh'? There is absolutely validity to certain gear being worth it... Tone, of course. Historical significance, another. Sentimental or personal reasons can apply as well; maybe it was a part of very fond memories or something. Help me understand this, though. I have some older stuff that I hold onto. My Marshall amps are all hard-to-find micro stacks. I love my Ampro Frankenstein DIY creation. None of these are theoretically going anywhere. BUT none of it is part of "my gear" in any sense of the term. It's decor. Just fun. Would I ever consider any of it for playing with others? No way. If they needed repairs to continue working would I pony up hundreds? Not a chance. Hey, you do you! It just doesnt make a lot of sense to me reading so often about folks throwing money around trying to make their 19xx model, mid-level cab perform like a 201x boutique model. The cabs alone these days are generally better in almost every way I can think of than nearly anything made even 30 years ago. All of course IMHO, IME, YMMV. I was going to make it a poll but figured since there are valid reasons to cling to some gear it isn't as easy as yes or no seeing gear as tools. What are your thoughts?