I'll put that old school cork drag up against any stacked washer sealed drag for smoothness and reliability any day all day. That "vintage piece of history" as you call it, holds more world records than any other fly reel for a reason.The Tibor are made by a machinist and have been made the same way forever. It's like holding a fine watch in your hand. That is a strong positive. The negative is they are much heavier and I believe still use a cork "old school" drag. If you like fishing a vintage piece of history and don't mind the weight, that's your reel. If you want something modern and lighter you can't feel bad about a Nautilus NVG or a used NV if you can find one.