as i recall, boysenberry was my favorite ...Originally Posted by (mandogerry @ Jan. 20 2008, 14:18)
bagpipe makers have a similar obsession with hard woods - their favorite being african blackwood with rosewood as an "also ran."
the pau ferro rosewood on my m-4 is nowhere near as photogenic as the beautiful matching pair you've illustrated earlier - really lovely (i note the grainy "M" for "MIKE" motif on yours.) whether a pukah rosewood or a near-mahogany, i much prefer the warmer tone of these to (what i would imagine would be) the brighter tone of maple.
what i look for in any instrument (charango in particular) is a nice tight grain on the spruce top. the backing could be made from almost anything - past tense armadillo and reinforced fiberglass included - but it don't mean thing (imho) if the top don't make the grain.