>>> Yeah, Herb, I'm pretty sure this was one of those "polishing the > hotcoat" jobs(and you're right...it looked pretty good). It was just > too "lean" to be the real deal. (nose and tail suspect). Why > someone would go through this effort without just adding the gloss coat is > puzzling (and I fully agree that it would add minimal weight). I hear time > and "ca-ching" in the background. thanks, T. ...............answer,bottom line..... COST! THE SHOP, wants to make as much as they can ,and still give.... what appears at first glance a finished board.Herb.