There is something to be said about that statement. When I am buying an old amp, if it has cig smell, maybe a light burn mark on tolex from cig and a ring from a cocktail glass that has stained the tolex, I consider those upgrades. Usually if I see an ad for a piece of gear that says "never left my smoke free enviroment", I feel that it is non broken in, no mojo, no character piece. I want the stink. Best deluxe reverb I ever played, smelled and looked like it spent it's whole life in an old juke joint bar. Give me the STINK baby.Take away the smoke smell and you take away the mojo. That's prolly not cigarette smoke you're smellin.
Take up smoking. Then you won't notice.
there's a difference between dusty/dirty gear and something that smells like it's been used as an ashtray for 30 years. the former i don't mind.....the latter, i do. not to mention what all that tar does to things like paper speaker cones, wiring, pots, etc.Know what I really hate??? When there's like a speck of dust on the used gear I buy. EWWWWWWW!!!!