FWIW, my much trusted tech (who works for an old time dealer that now sells CBs) told me tonight that CB has again improved with the Vintage horns. His report is you can still see where the dollars are saved in things like pivot screws and lots of burrs, but that this is CB's best playing horn so far. He also likes the real engraving. I'll be curious what he has to say about the finishes (maybe why CB limited the choices?) after they get a little age on them. He has commented in the past about how poorly some of the older finishes held up. They sure looked goofy although I dig the stones.
I'm curious enough to try one in the next couple of weeks and will report when I do.