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Excellent description and photo series, but it's a shame neither the writer nor editor know the difference between your and you're.
Bob didn't say this was a cure for the problem, just a first step. By extending the "shelf life" of available stock it gives time for regrowth of new and possibly more consistent Ebony. Does one of you Nay Sayers know how Ebony is propagated, how long it takes to maturity, even if previously cut trees can be salvaged, in situ or at plant? I don't but before I jumped on the "are they replanting" bandwagon I'd want to know these factors.
"B grade" is simply a color issue, not a quality issue and IF quality of the sound and consistancy of tone production are the primary concerns when using Ebony and appearance is secondary then "Grade B" should be of no or little concern. Those who "have" to have solid black (which often has to be touched up at final finish) then they may have to she'll out some extra cash, but so does someone who buys a Cadillac instead of a Chevy. The Chevy will get you to the same place as the Caddy and often the nameplate is the onlu difference.
I think it's interesting that we prize tiger or curly maple, figured Rosewood, even bird peck hickory but demand our Ebony to look like plastic!
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