It’s personal preference…
a competent manufacturer can copy a great work of art (or industrial design in this case) with a such detail that for all means and purposes, the copy looks the same as the original. But original required not only the same technical skills but the (original) artist’s/designer’s/manufacturer’s inventiveness, imagination, creativity, insight…etc as well. The copy will never be a great work of art, though it looks just like the original, which is. In a sense the original work of art is not then just the final product, but the product along with all that went into creating it… and not nearly as much goes into creating a copy.
^ I know what you are saying, but the original Campagnolo Pista crank has become such a collectable item these days. For something you actually want to use and ride, paying $400.00 for a used crank is just stupid IMO.
FFS - I’m going to carve some out of wood this weekend and stick them in my cupboard for 30 years. Then sell them to some stupid hipster* (*substitute for 2040 hipster synonym) They’ll probably break, but at least they can say “I’m an individual… just like everybody else”
i’d rather own an Andy Warhol than some old can of soup.
'specially if the copy is new, not some rounded out old crapheap, that, as mentioned, had structural issues.
wank factor aside, who cares?. i’m sure by the time the OP has stumbled across a NOS set of Campy’s he’ll have saved up enough money for them
But let’s discuss postmodernism, mechanical reproduction and all things Walter Benjamin in more depth…