Franco, thanks for the photos.
Here in America in opposition to Europe (Ex. France...) we like to change things very fast and tear down a lot of nice things=in a lot of places, we can see a nice old construction demolished with no respect for the antique question to build bigger, newer...homes, marts... nothing stop the Progress. And I was a part of that concerning stoves. I tryed for the past 20+ years to find the best, perfect stove. With 4 brand new VC, I failed. With the Vig ll, I had to keep my "hard head" on to make a new, supposed to be modern stove works at a much better way than when new. Making some maintenances on a 100 yrs old stove is normal. But not so much modifs on a new one.
I don't really know how the Golde Bride will work but it can't be worst than the Vig ll. This is my personnal experiences. Some may be less exacting than me but I'm.
For the question of the new stoves makers, make good woking, simple, "" NICE "" stoves and they will sell. A choice of models should be considered. Just look at Godin in Frane. More than 150,000 units/year. They have antique and modern models, wood, anthracite and multi fuel. The custommers have the choice. And we talk about one companie. Maybe we should begin to think like Ford and look at something different and incorporate it to what we make now. Then make the BEST Beautiful stoves.
Some will answer that, the market is a small one. NO. The custommers are there. If we had THE STOVES we would have the custommers. And I would be the first one to buy it. Now, the Ford cars are not all black...