Cheers - it is, and using modern kit was a bit of a revelation too... The compact crankset is great after several months out of the saddle. Need to balance it out with some miles on a 42/52 just so that my legs don't think I've slackened off completely. Or moved to Holland.
I don't like Compacts, I stuck one on a Nag to get over Dartmoor but 50 front and 13 at the back sees me spinning air on descents, and it's such a big drop to 34 I can never find a good gear unless I'm grinding up Haytor Rock
I did a longish run on the Chesini today: 52/42 and hardly shifted at all, stuck it on 14 /15 at the back and dropped to the 42 for the odd hill, simple is good, I get confused with more than 9 speed!
Colnago Super, C record Delta 7v,
Olagnero Signature Model, DA 7401
Battaglin EL101 tubing 8v
Wilier Campagnolo 8v Record
Daccordi Furioso, Campag Veloce 9v