I have to say I must be at odds with the majority of us. I don't feel the fire in my belly for early steel. I've been riding since '89 and grew up drooling over Fat Chance and Salsa frames but now I can't say they do anything for me. Maybe it's just I've never seen one in the flesh, but I still get the feeling the appeal is in the aura and nostalgia of the name.
My pleasure comes from riding, rather than just owning good steel bikes. Each and every one of my bikes is ridden, regardless of rarity or the name on the top tube, and they all ride amazingly well, which is why they acquired their reputations in the first place. The fact that some bikes went on to sell in numbers where as others disappeared is without doubt because of marketing and the influence of the press at the time, but don't dismiss these bikes just because some folk hold them in such high esteem, they are after all only bikes, but some of them are very good bikes indeed.
"Try not to punch any clowns"