I'm sort of new to the world of pedal, but I've noticed a trend among analog pedals with regard to preference for old stock "chip" versus new ones (this argument applies to other electronic components found in pedals as well). People often advertise their analog pedal as having such and such old discontinued chip in it such as the LM308, or some old discontinued bucket brigade chip etc. My question is why are old chips, seemingly inherently better then modern manufactured chips? Is the electrics industry incapable of creating chips with the same capabilities and characteristics as back in the 80s and 90s? How similar is this phenomenon to the whole vacuum tube situation where old tubes are considered much better than new ones? Is it because there is no more demand for these type of chips outside of the relatively small guitar component industry that no one invests in making the same quality chips? Are the new chips just as good as the old ones but people value the old ones because of some sort of cork sniffing snobbery? Are there some new environmental regs that prevent companies from making chips in a certain way? Etc... Just curious what people's thoughts are.