I have been collecting and restoring vintage SRs for some time now. I enjoy the hunt and the challenge of taking a tarnished and sometimes rusty chunk of metal and restoring it to its former glory. I also like the fact that I rarely pay very much for a vintage find...usually in the range of $10 to $35. (I think I paid $60 for one...but it was worth every penny). I have two new razors (one I purchased as my first razor...and a second one that was a gift). Both the new ones were not on the high end as far as new razors go: one was $150 and the other $200). I realize I prefer the vintage razors over the new ones. Not that the new ones are not good. They are fine razors. But there is something about a vintage razor, fully restored that makes it very special. Maybe its because I don't like dropping big cash on a SR. I see some of the prices in the $300, $400, $500 and beyond and I wonder are they really 10 times better than a vintage? I doubt it. But that's just my opinion. I also think that $500 could buy a boatload of vintage antique store razors. I know the manufacturing processes make the new razors more expensive. And I am not trying to deprive the new SR makers a reasonable or prosperous livelihood. Indeed I think its great they are keeping the art form alive. Maybe I need to show my support by buying the occasional new SR. What is your preference: old or new? (Or both). And why?