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Craig Tucker posted a topic in The PegboxWhat's missing? Is it simply just age? Is it using the exact right timber? Perhaps it has something to do with arriving at the exact correct dimensions, for the material being used? does "it" have something to do with the varnish? If its age, then, we must all simply wait... right? How long? That some people do not think there's anything missing, usually, it's only with regard to their own work... and in those cases, yes, I have to wonder. Perhaps they're right, and there's nothing missing, and many of us are fooling ourselves somewhat, with regard to what we and the others around us make today - and how those things act compared to those specific instruments of old? Perhaps the very best players have been duped, along with the rest of us, and demand the "best" as a sort of "merit badge" and owning or playing a thing of great value? Not being intentionally dense here, but this question has been in the back of my mind for many years. And I've never been able to answer it to my own satisfaction. Perhaps it's simply my fate, to always wonder at the missing quality(s) that I think, perhaps, really does or do exist, and has, in the main, not been re-discovered and used or copied in "modern times"? What do others think about such matters? Do others bother to think or wonder much about this topic? If so, I am wondering about what thing or things that others might think is missing? Anything?