I have the same question and same experience as you. I have both solid and vented housings on the bench, and look identical down the markings on the housing. I think it's very possible the differences were slight and overlooked during past rebuilds or something like that. Since none of the other components (outside of the yoke) seem to change, I can't imagine it's truly consequential. Search "voodoo" on this board - there is a huge recent thread about all this.