Basically I learned that in 100+ years my carved Chinese bass will sound fantastic, but what I really need is a 100+ year old bass now. Anyone have one just laying around? I found a great luthier! I've now been searching a lot on how to accelerate the seasoning process of a new instrument, and maybe my search terms were off but I was unable to find anything on TB. Here I wanted to compile a list of links and articles I've found in hopes of creating a fruitful and informative discussion on this topic. First is an article from 1987 (yikes) about a maker who insists his varnish formula can make an instrument sound like a golden age Cremona instrument. I can't get fully on board with that, maybe one leg. The next idea is one I've known of for a while but have been hard pressed to implement into the gaps of my practice routine. Here is a link to a summary for an article about using speakers to blast the instrument with sound to speed the aging process through vibration. I'm not trying to obsess over these things, just discuss and learn. I love my 10 year old Chinese bass immensely and will never sell it. But when I played it back to back with a POS and poorly maintained/repaired German factory bass from the turn of the last century, the sound of advanced age was undeniable and the lack thereof in my bass was a little disheartening.