I have a Hornet and externally it looks fine and good but internally it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of mechanical construction, fixings, even from a safety perspective. And the gooseneck lamp voltages on mine are wired wrong lol. But then again vintage EMS stuff is also built like shit (e.g. some units have a piece of old carpet inside to provide friction to hold pins in place in the pin park).
In the Buchla world, the engineering on 200e modules is so amazing and third party 200/e offerings from e.g. Eardrill and Studio H are just engineering marvels. So I guess the bar is set pretty high for me, but at these boutique, premium price points, there are no excuses.
It’s worth mentioning that I believe my Hornet was assembled in Canada. I believe production has now switched to Germany - is that right? So maybe things are different now. Pin (the guy behind Pin Electronics) seems pretty cool, so I would encourage you to drop him a line and ask about this stuff.
In terms of sound, the Hornet sounds much less wild than the AKS I used to own - really regret letting it go
But it’s a bit like comparing vintage 259 sounds to 259 clones. I sense a lot of that vintage character is down to old (and shitty/failing) electrolytic caps. So I try to be pragmatic rather than wanting these modern recreations to be something they aren’t.
Final comment which is a factual statement - the hardware in Pin Electronics stuff - the polypropylene Explorer (Peli style) case and the Ghielmetti pins and matrix are vastly superior to the equivalent (respectively) Spartanite and Seaelectro equivalents in original EMS A/KS’. The panels are also beautiful - the legending is precise and the panel thickness is something like 2mm, so feels really solid. Hope this helps. Good luck!