I don't see it that way though. For starters, I'm approaching the tradition from the outside, so I'm primarily exposed to new tunes in the jam or session setting. Plus I'm playing an instrument - the tenor banjo - for which there aren't many examples of, especially on American fiddle tunes. Therefore I tend to use the local musicians that I play these tunes with as the sources and try and make my individual versions comply with their settings.
I can often relate to these more human takes on the tunes in a way that I don’t get from the playing of people who have gotten too advanced. There's a joy to be found by bringing these tunes to life in a more simplistic, easy going manner.
I suppose in a perfect world my source recordings would be what a combination of Jerry Garcia, Norman Blake, Curt Kirkwood and Bill Frisell would sound like if those guys all played GDAE tuned tenor banjo like I do, and I had recordings of them interpreting all the same Irish and oldtime tunes that I need to know to play with others in my area in the same keys as we play them in. That ain’t gonna happen so I just use my imagination!