You're like me! I miss those sounds as well. The sound of metal spikes crunching in a gravel parking lot or clicking and clacking on concrete. You could be totally blind and know exactly where you were by the sounds and smells!
True! I wear FootJoy pretty much exclusively. A couple of years ago they changed their spikes. I don't think my old wrench even fits any more! Not really sure since the new spikes do seem to last a bit longer. Plus, I have to get my wrench back from my buddy since I lent it to him.