In comments at a post over at Joe Huffman's joint, Bubblehead Les remarked:_____ Bess". Ready? Go!)
As a poor person who likes old guns and, more importantly, likes to shoot old guns, I'll take the $300 mechanically-sound gun with the browned patina over the $800 LNIB piece that I'm afraid to touch, every single time. (That's why I bought the second Colt 1903; the first one was too pretty to shoot the snot out of it.)
On the other hand, rebluing an old piece, unless it was clearly ruined, makes me sad. I'd rather see honest aging.