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I just ordered maple and spruce for a cello. I don't have any firm plans, but I was wondering something that I read in "Making Stringed Instruments" by George Buchanan. It is a nice, get in there and do it, book. Anyway, he, to save wood, and hopefully prevent future cracks, builds up a cello neck. He makes the scroll separate, which is pretty straight forward, and not the controversial part, and also builds up the heel with four pieces. He then reinforces it with a 3/16" piece of hardwood the same as I read Melvin Goldsmith suggest. It seems like a method that would save a lot of innocent wood. Is it done? Is it a viable method? thanks, Ken