Hi everyone, I am planning the long-term project of building my first upright. I have built a few instruments so far but a bass is going to be the biggest challenge yet, not just because of it's size. I am beginning with Peter chandlers excellent book on the subject but since I have a lot yet to learn, and likely plenty of mistakes to make, I would like to find a cheaper alternative to quality tonewoods for the carved top. I want the freedom of working on this first instrument without the fear of possibly ruining expensive wood, but I also don't want to put all my time and effort into an inferior instrument. There is a guy in northern az who has slab cut alligator juniper that has been air dried for nearly a half a year. The boards are straight, knot free, and of suitable size for the project, and affordable for my beginners budget. Any thoughts on trying this wood out for a bass top? Also any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!