This morning I upgraded a prop that I’ve been using for years. Current technology allows me to make part of the gimmick smaller, lighter and slightly more durable. The prop was working just fine, so why upgrade it?
Simple, by upgrading now when I’m not in a time crunch, like it broke while I’m on tour allows me to make sure I get it right. I’m making a lateral replacement, it’s an actual upgrade.
As a general rule, upgrading before replacement is required will get you better results. Upgrading along with proper maintenance of your props is essential to avoid them failing during your show.