While I love to cook and would like the nostalgic look of a period stove for my 30's kitchen, I've reached the point in my life when I need convenience more than authenticity for everyday tasks. I really don't want all the fancy electronic gadgetry on the gas ranges displayed in appliance stores, so I may have to order a model from the internet to get the features I want. As a veteran appliance repairman told me, "the fewer bells and whistles an appliance has, the less there is to go wrong".
I agree. That's one of the reasons I am torn between a vintage stove and a new one. The Tappan I just posted pics of reminds me of the type of stove my grandmother used to cook on when I was a kid. I don't know what brand it was. I know that my great-grandmother cooked on a wood cookstove, but when my great-grandfather bought her a "modern" stove, she wouldn't give up the wood stove, and according to family lore, both stoves remained in the kitchen! It may have been finally given up during the war drive for scrap metal during WWII. She donated a lot to that drive.
I would probably buy a new stove if I could get a plain, rounded, basic look in the 40" width without all of the electronic controls, just so I didn't have to worry about getting parts or a repairman, but a new stove isn't really a guarantee of that, either.
I appreciate the input about the difficulty in cleaning the griddle. I had seen something similar on another site once I started researching. I currently use a griddle that fits over my burners that is easy to clean. I'd probably be happier with that anyway. I asked my mother about the thermowell because I thought I remembered one on her old stove. She remembered it and said she never used it much either.