I love curly maple, birdseye maple, quilted maple...aside from looks, and I know this is a hard question to know the answer to, but does figured grain sound better? I want to say yes, but I suspect it's no.
I’m of similar thinking. Within the same specie , probably not much discernible or detectable sound different. From one specie to another (maple to walnut) there is gonna be . Geographical location makes a difference from country to country ( maple just for example. I’m sure within the specie it makes a difference even from state to state and or which side of a mountain it comes from within a state and other location factors within a given geographical range, but not in any discernible /detectable difference to the human ear .My limited 3-4 years of woodworking tells me that the figures are different in density, plus or minus, would cause a difference but not to the point of my or your ears being able to hear it. Again, limited educationor knowledge on this other than knowing the density matter.
Totally.Wood painted from left to right sounds better than wood that is painted from right to left.
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