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Hardwood Length...preference?

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Alright, I've got my hardwood vendors narrowed down to 2. The primary difference between the two advertised products is the length. This is 5" wide, 3/4 inch solid hardwood...both at essentially the same price.

Vendor 1: Boards range from 12 to 72 inches, average length of 42"
Vendor 2: Boards range from 12 to 84 inches, average length of 39"

Vendor 1 has a more uniform length, but tops out at 6 ft.

Vendor 2 will have some longer boards, but a shorter avg. length (and thus some more short boards.)

Which length profile would you consider to be more ideal...or am I splitting hairs here?
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This one -> .or am I splitting hairs here? With wider boards you may have more cupping and boards do shrink along the length as well as width. But less along the length... Maybe shorter is better for this reason, but longer and more variety is better for looks since the seams are not the attractive part.
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