Something Old: Vintage Stoves

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Ohhhh man, are we suckers for restored vintage things! We've been seeing restored stoves all over the place--Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals, a few spreads in all the obligatory decor magazines, and even lurking in the background of Joey's apartment when it's late and nothing but Friends is on KTLA. We've never used one (yet), but we've heard glowing reports on how fantastic they are.

However, we do suspect that this must be a chef's equivalent of restoring a 1968 El Camino to all its glory. Our grandparents always tell us that things made back in the day were of better quality, so we're putting this query out to those of you who've used / owned one of these sweet stoves: Is it better in terms of design and functionality? And how do they stack up to the latest and greatest stove models out there?