NOS tubes, why can't modern tubes sound better?

Perhaps this is a useless thread, but why can't currently manufactured tubes at least equal the sound quality of NOS? With the advances in science, why is it that a modern factory cannot exceed the sound quality of the past? Perhaps for the same unexplained reasons that modern violin manufacturers cannot attain the 'Strats'.
There is an excellent article in the current issue of Vacuum Tube Valley on this subject. You should check it out.
What I heard is because some material can't be used today. And we love our world :)

A little off topic but another analogy...

Back in the day, maybe still, Kawai reverse engineered Yamaha pianos - used the same materials. But bless them, they just could not reproduce the Yamaha sound.

Craftmanship I guess...