Bluemando--Congrats! it Is a good feeling to hear your own creation in your hands. I have my #1 strapped around my shoulder right now. I come home from work and pick--its sounds so good to me. I love the feel of french polish too--its so much "warmer' than lacquer to me. I just enjoy having this instrument so much, and knowing that I built it makes it even more special. Didnt cure my addiction though. I've already started on #2!
Let the new strings die down for a week or so and it will start to sound even better.
Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone