Yes, This Is the Better Version!
I owned the original metallic red painted version of Transistor, and I liked it. I did not have any paint chipping or other issues, only, it just didn't FEEL right. This PURE RED version FEELS much better in hand. The colors are more accurate and more vibrant. The silver buttons and movable hip skip is a nice touch with this version. Joints are all good, except the plate the head screws into on mine is floppy (not a big deal, though). And the cassette, HiFi - HUGE improvement. If you own Fader & Rover, this is of the same quality. Paint doesn't flake off or feel tacky.
This version is much improved over the original. If you don't have one, this is the version to buy. If you have the old one, it is worth the effort to try and get this one.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) J Britt from North Carolina.