I think HFM made the right choice in switching away from wood. Here's how I found my pre-order copy today after sitting on the stand (untouched) for a week:
And a similar crack is forming on the other ear. And the yokes are scratching, as reported by others.
They sound wonderful, nonetheless. The new veneer look is a bit cheesy in my opinion, but I'm not terribly concerned by appearance. I'm hoping v1.1 sounds even better.