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Thread #15038   Message #134794
Posted By: catspaw49
11-Nov-99 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Subject: RE: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Well I see my buddy Bill has already been he should! Great answer of course. but being me, I'll go on a bit anyway.........

Bill didn't mention that although "Morado" is Machaerium, Rosewoods are Dahlbergias. WHOOPEE!!! The real kick is that its easy to sell damn near anything made of some kind of "Rosewood" and when quarter sawn the heartwood of Morado has a purplish/brown color and a grain pattern much like several true rosewoods.

As this started about "tonewoods" it is worth mentioning that Morado/BR is very suitable to a variety of tonal applications including Hammered Dulcimer end frames and rails and guitar backs/sides although it is somewhat more difficult to "bend" than Indian Rosewood...a bit more time consuming. There are a lot of great tonewoods and BRW simply has the "thing" right now. Its rarity makes it virtually unusable and if one person in a thousand can tell the difference, IRW/BRW, given everything else equal, I'll kiss their ass in Times Square and give them 20 minutes to draw a crowd. You CAN tell the difference in mahogany, maple, rosewood, walnut, and cherry.