Quoted from vid1900:
Maple is not an **old growth** wood.
A maple lives maybe 60-80 years and that's it.
You never have to worry about running out of high quality maple in North America because the syrup industry plantations supply all the wood we need - just like it has for the last 200 years......
Thank you Vid for your knowledge. I just re-read all your posts on this thread regarding wood and ghosting and think you are probably right, as usual. Your advice to play the games, have fun, and don't concentrate too much on the flaws is sound and will definitely lead to more enjoyment of the hobby. I'm going to try and do that from now on!