Yeah, that's what I thought RE: breakin...
I have a used pair that I decided to replace (still got 'em, probably will be selling soon) with a pair in the cherry battenboard finish, that seems to be a little stiffer and more neutral, but after 200+ hours, the new ones are not nearly as sweet as the used pair.
I find that the bass is pretty darned good. I'd have to say that the bass with the Trente's is more tuneful and accurate than that of my (now sold) Nautilus 805, which are a great speaker.
I'm using a Rogue Tempest, set to triode, from the 8 ohm taps-with el-34 output tubes. The Rogue has been soft in triode with all other speakers that I've tried. Also, the el34 tube, while being nice in the mids, is also notoriously softer in the bass that the large bottle pentodes, (6550, kt88, etc). However, I'm getting GREAT bass. Rock, Electronic (Air, Leftfield, Thievery Corporation, etc) jazz, all of it. I dunno, these speakers really do something special. I agree with the above comments that the build quality could be better for the suggested retail (mainly just the terminal box, the construction on my cherrys is top shelf.)