This is my first thread, so I hope I put it in the right place... Several years ago I had to cut down part of a very old plum tree in my garden. While the piece that I cut down had many bent pieces, I saved about 6' of a rather straight piece of the trunk. This piece I left to dry outside, bound standing upright between other trees, for 3 years, followed by some 3 more years of drying in my cellar. Of a small piece which I'd saved too, I took the bark off a few days ago, and made a radial cut - to discover beautifully coloured, dense, very fine-grained wood. On working the wood I had the impression that the physical properties are not dissimilar to those of hard maple. On tapping, the sound is bright & loud. There are unfortunately no flames. At the time I had no specific plans with the piece, but I could not just let this go to waste, already noticing with the chainsaw what a beautiful wood it was. In fact, a friend of mine took a few pieces home for his lathe. However, by now I'm starting to make plans for it, and I'm thinking: either back, or neck. The small piece I'll be using to make a bridge from (but not for a DB - too small), but the big piece should be used for something more substantial. Unfortunately I don't think I'll have enough for a DB back, but I do have a need for a neck for a quite old (~180y) Hungarian flatback. Hence my question: would you have any advice on using plum for the neck (inc. scroll & heel) of a double bass? Thanks, Koen.