In the last year I have bought several products from Trevor at Massif Audio Design including an amp platform and stand, all made from gorgeous 2" thick maple and finished with two coats of simple satin polyurethane. Gorgeous!
Visitors invariably comment on the beauty of the wood. What I see is wide open grain, contrasting hues of light and color and most importantly, a heavy, resonance deadening and perfectly level platform to mount my 50lb amplifier, 90lb turntable and other weighty units. Don't attempt to put this high end gear on a light weight stand and expect good things!
By comparison, my other much more expensive two shelf stand is technically sophisticated and offers the same sonic benefits. It too is finished to a high standard using isolated, non magnetic aluminium shelves and wood composite supports. But if they sound the same why not choose something that is really easy to look at? And costs a lot less with greater flexibility of design, color and versatility.
Be sure I will buy more from Massif when I migrate to monoblocks all in the same high density solid wood.