I'd always assumed that the hornbeam component in Wal necks was the dark laminates. However, it looks like most species of hornbeam (there are American and European varieties) are a light-colored wood, similar to beech. So - - anybody know which variety they use? - anybody know what the acoustical properties of hornbeam are? I read that it is harder and denser and stronger than maple, by about 30% on all counts - can anyone compare it to other similar hardwoods? Thanks!