Originally Posted by idfnl
For me its actually the feel of a solid door knob more than the look. Old ones have a different weight and solidity to it. Doors as well. For fucks sake they are made out of construction paper now.
When I said solid brass, I just meant the metal making up the knobs was all brass. I didn't mean the globes were solid all the way through. Don't get me wrong, I like the feel of study, thick metal, but you can get that today-- just it's usually going to be white metal with a thin finished layer.
As for doors, you can get solid-core interior doors for a modest price from the big box stores, you just have to order them. Yeah, they're basically cardboard, but very heavy and good sound insulators. I replaced a number of doors in my last house with 1.75" thick, solid core 6-panel, prehung replacements. I think they cost about $90 each special ordered.