Hi all, I'm interested in your opinons and experiences in using ebony neck lams. My interest is because I'm speaking to some luthiers about getting a 4 and 5 made and am considering all aspects of the spec at the moment. I'm also a big Alembic fan and lately there has been a lot of talk over there about the tonal improvements the ebony lams make. However, I thought I'd ask here to get some less biassed viewpoints than a manufacturer's forum. One punter's opinion Opinions? Is it a waste of money? Is there something else that would substitute well and give 95% the same effect for less money? I though Pau Ferro (or Ipe?) as it's close-ish to the same density and stiffness as best I can tell. Other substitutes, suggestions, bouquets or brickbats? Construction would likely be 5 laminate (3 maple 2 ebony), neckthrough, medium scale. Or perhaps purpleheart substituting for the maple. I know it will be heavy, but that's not too big an issue.