Physically there is a difference between Quarter Sawn and flat sawn wood. If you try to bend a piece of wood from the quarter sawn side it will not budge. If try to bend a piece of wood from the flat sawn side then it will bend easily (when trying this with a thin piece of wood), thus less stability.

For anyone who knows what they are talking about,

1. is there a huge difference in brightness and snap between quarter and flat sawn?

2. Would the brightness from a light piece of quarter sawn wood be equal to the brightness of a heavy piece of flat sawn wood?

3. Thus, would a piece of birds eye maple (which is supposed to be heavier than regular maple) be less bright than a quarter sawn piece of regular hard maple?

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