From the article:
"And, in some cases, converting EMs to SSs. “People are reluctant to convert their EMs – especially people who know their stuff – because EMs have a special feel to them,” he says. “But sometimes they can’t be fixed, so I chuck in a load of electronics and program them so that the game rules are the same as the originals.”
Here he admits to not knowing the "stuff" and apparently coils, wires and switches are too complicated for him. Or he just doesn't want to clean it. I think a lot of modern college tech-heads are intimidated by cable bundles and rows of AC operated relays.
This is like ripping the heart out of a friend because they fail to understand them....and creating something they perceive as "better". Like this:
Personally, I wouldn't buy that for a dollar. Nor would I for a franken pin.