The reissues are supposedly identical to the vintage until something goes wrong. Then they’re more difficult/expensive to repair. The difference is that they use the same circuit design, but the reissues use a printed circuit board, which has to be completely replaced if any of the components on it fail. The vintage ones used direct point-to-point wiring (with real wires [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img] ) and if something fail, it could just be popped out and a new one soldered in.
I haven’t really tried out any reissues myself. The best thing to do would be to read up on people’s accounts with the amps your looking at. The reissues may be harder to repair, but that doesn’t mean anything’s gonna go wrong. It could last for years with no trouble at all.
I recommend you browse the user reviews at Harmony-Central I’ve found them to be very helpful in the past. [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img]
And, of course, keep an eye out for that perfect deal in that small pawn shop on the other side of town… You never know… [img]images/smiles/converted/cool.gif[/img]