I am in the market for a new aortic valve — the old one is shot. I would like to get something vintage, maybe lugged steel. But it turns out that none of the well-known classic marques like Huret or Campagnolo — even Shimano –ever made such things, at least I can’t find any in the catalogs or on ebay.
So here are my choices. I think the ball-and-cage look is pretty dorky. The single flap might work, and it does have some vintage charm. Pig valves have a certain appeal, but I hear they might result in weight gain. The two-flap venetian-blind design seems to be the current thing.
With no other viable choices, it looks like I might have to violate my old-school sensibilities and go all carbon and titanium. This one from ATS Medical looks pretty good — nice clean design with no ugly graphics. I wonder if I can choose the color. A nice sage green sounds about right.