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Thread: Choose plate for top vs back

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    Default Choose plate for top vs back

    Got two cherry plates for my next old island style soprano just about ready. I'm wondering which would be a better top, and which one for the back. They are both scraped down to about .075 inches now, and one is much stiffer and has a higher tap tone. The one on the right has more heartwood in the center and is the stiffer/higher pitched one. The one on the left has the nice sapwood down the middle (I like the look of it), and is much looser and lower pitched. I was planning on the left one being the back, for looks, but now not so sure. I believe the top should be the looser, lower pitched of the two, correct? Any thoughts?
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    The left one for the back, you spend more time looking at the front, would be a shame not to have it shown to people when played.

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    Irrespective of looks, you will be left wondering about the 'what ifs' if you don't put your best sounding board to the top … the back spends its playing time up against your shirt. If they both had the same tap tone qualities, then you could consider and prioritise the appearance aspects.

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    Double post. (I am yet to figure out how to delete a post).
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    Ah yes... these are the things we think about. I would go with the right one for the top and the left one for the back, but this is a decision you have to make. The left one has some nice spider webbing that just might pop after finishing.

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    Thanks for the insights. I went with the one on the right for top ( the stiffer). Even after thinning a bit more, it still has a higher pitched tap, and is more bell-like. So we'll see!

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