I appreciate that sentiment, I really do, but as I stated earlier it's a significant financial investment for many people here. As such, I would like to try to preserve resale value if at all possible such that I can mitigate net financial loss in the future. The fact of the matter is that many people see aesthetics as an important aspect of a headphone (which I don't think is unreasonable at this price point). If Audez'e (or other companies for that matter) didn't recognize that, they wouldn't be making these out of wood; headphone aesthetics would be entirely irrelevant, and the only considerations would be build quality, ergonomics, sound quality. Personally, I enjoy the idea that I can come back to a headphone that looks immaculate and pleasing and sounds even better than it looks. Accordingly, a few cracks in the wood will understandably lower resale price in the future.