Re: Vintage Vs. Modern
I don't "prefer" either. Vintage drums have a sound that is unattainable today (although some manufacturers try to replicate it with similar materials and construction). If you like that sort of sound, fine. If you don't, there are plenty of options.
The drum set is barely 100 years old and the lug-tuned drumset, less than 80 years old. Construction materials and methods haven't changed a great deal: Shave logs into plies, glue them under heat and pressure, attach hardware.
Some instruments go back 500 years or more. The Western trap set is still very recent and has a lot more evolving to do.