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Has anyone heard of or used this tropical wood? amara 

A friend of mine was visiting a luthier's shop in Brazil -- he says the luthiers (Mestre Saulo and his father Mestre Totonho) make rabecas and violins using imported wood for the backs, sides, and necks, but use local caixeta for the soundboards. 

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Looks like the density is about the same as spruce, but I can't find anything about the stiffness properties.  I expect that it's used in Brazil because it grows there and spruce doesn't, and not because it's better.  A flatsawn caixeta top isn't likely to sell well in the classical market, I suspect.


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