I agree that it is much nicer. There is a plasterer who runs a business out of a garage on the street I grew up on. I try to pick his brain as often as possible because I'd like to have the knowledge and skills to do plaster. I work as a maintenance man at a catholic school and church built in the 1920s, so I'm around damaged plaster a lot. I appreciate the solidity and durability of plaster. Drywall does seem cheap but I think any of the quality and historical value properties of plaster are lost on the unfortunate demographic of my neighborhood. I figured that plaster and lathe wood add significant strength to a structure but my engineer father in law didn't think it would be so significant.