I am proud to say that do not own a single horn made past the year 1980. I play vintage because whenever any young student purchases their first pro horn, they feel this joy and splendor, and I feel the joy of the original owner, no matter how terrible of shape the horn is in, whenever I pick up a vintage horn. I feel that the sound is often much more colorful, and unique when compared to some modern trumpets that are pumped out like cheap trinkets. Not only that but, I feel the old world craftsmanship of the builder. I play knowing that someone spent days, sometimes months, delicately turning sheet brass into a beautiful instrument.
I would love to hear some other people's opinions! Especially those who play modern horns!