I saw this video from Emerald City Guitars on YouTube, and the fellow's comments between 0:43 and 1:13 about what he typically sees in tweed 5e3 clones got me wondering what exactly he means. He seems to suggest that many simply sound about the same and that most fall short of what he hears with the original 5e3s (he mentions that they typically "cut" more). So what do you think he means by the comments that imply that many tweed 5e3 clones are the same ol' same ol'? They use the same kinds of inferior parts? They are often messily done? Because it seems to me that if you use good/accurate parts and if your workmanship is good and if you simply follow the schematic (with adjustment for modern voltages and grounding), you'll likely end up with something quite like the 5e3s when they came off the line in the 50's, and that the primary difference between a contemporary clone and an old 5e3 is the way the parts have aged and the components have drifted over time. It also seems to me that the only way to get a new 5e3 to sound like an old one is not only to use clones of, say, output transformers produced then, but also to change the circuit slightly in some places so that it mimics the behavior of an old amp with old parts (if that's even possible). I am not commenting on the particular amp under consideration in the video (though I'm not so sure that it really behaves like a 50's 5e3, since it's loaded with a Celestion Blue alnico); I'm simply posing the question: If you use all the "right" parts and do a neat job and get the voltages, tubes, and speaker right, is there still some magic ingredient that some folks know how to add to their 5e3 clones and others don't?