...Sigh... Here we go again...
""It sounds broken-in already. It sounds like the recordings you're used to hearing on old vinyls.""
"Mr. Kelly attributes the sound to what he contends is crystallized resin in the 200-year-old wood, allowing for better resonance."
More BS to have to try to "un-convince" potential customers of.
I'm as much for using recycled materials as the next builder, but only if it is good wood. If it was good wood when it was new, it might still be good wood, but it might not. Just being old doesn't necessarily make wood anything special.
Even though now days, we surely have access to wood as good as and better than luthiers ever have, and in amazing quantities, it's fun to use salvaged wood, but the hype about it being superior to new wood sure gets old, especially when materials have been studied, wood anatomy and behavior in instruments is fairly well understood, and most of the information is available to the public. As I've said before, sometimes it's more fun to not know. "...crystallized resin in the 200-year-old wood, allowing for better resonance" just sounds more romantic and artistic, I suppose.