The question of which wood to use in order to craft a quality instrument is an interesting one. Typically, the two woods most commonly used are maple and spruce. I was wondering the following:
1. Are there any other woods that are used which produce wonderful tones?
2. If so, and we are talking about the wood of the back plate, what does one do with regards to the ribs. Are they too made with the same wood as the back or is maple used thus having an instrument made with three distinct woods?
3. Has anyone ever made an instrument with or played an instrument made from willow (the back, not necessary the lining or blocks)? What is the effect? Sycamore?
4. What other woods can be used for the top plate?
5. Do flames have anything to do with sound or just look and price?
6. What characteristics wood-wise does a maker look for in a bridge?
7. Does the soundpost have to be of maple. If I were to cut a dowel of similar size and place it, would the sound be effected dramatically?
8. Is kiln-dried ever acceptable for making a master grade instrument?
Sorry for so many questions packed in one but I am trying to avoid having to ask them separately since they are all related to my overall inquiry.
Thank you for your input.
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