I've been thinking about this for a while and finally it hit me. We buy, restore, rehab, and maintain vintage gear because we are preservationists. We understand and respect the history of our craft and in doing so we see the need and value of keeping the basses, amps, cabs, cases, etc. that founded our art alive. A friend of mine asked that question we have all been asked, "How many _________ do you need?". You can fill in the blank. Well for me any how it's not really a question of need, it's a question of want. Why do I want them? I want these vintage items because to me they represent the foundation of my passion. I can look at my 42 year old Blue Line SVT and just imagine the gig it's seen. I can do the same with my '75 V4B, or my two SVT Squarebacks, my 8M serial number Peavey T-40, etc. So then he said well they re-issued most of what you have right? Made it newer and better? I said yes they have been reissued but newer is not always better. I told him that they have reissued Camaro's, Mustang's, Charger's, etc. And I would take a '71 Charger over the new ones any day of the week. So vintage gear owners consider yourselves preservationists. When you acquire any piece of vintage gear and give it what it needs to bring it back to life or maintain it's current state you are keeping the foundation of our great art alive. Long live bassists and the gear that got us here.