I've been studying the old threads here pretty seriously here for about a month and finally decided to jump in. I've been playing DB for over a year now, EB for many years. My first DB is a plywood 3/4 Lidl (similar to Strunal and made in Luby) and I have decided to upgrade to a carved bass more to my personal specs. This Lidl (little?) bass has felt smallish to me, even though it has the 41.5 inch measure and is about 6' tall without the endpin (which is extended all the way while I'm playing), and I really liked a bigger bass that I played on once and it was a five string 7/8. I also like to build things and when faced with the price of a better carved bass and the relative rarity of basses bigger than 3/4, plus the 5-string preference, I purchased H. S. Wake's book with the intention of building my own, after convincing a local luthier to take me on as an apprentice. As I began to look for materials, it occurred to me that building your own can be even more expensive than buying a factory made bass of quality materials. That led me to investigating alternative woods that may not be in such high demand as the spruce topwoods. Now to the chase. I've found some vintage redwood with a ring count of 40+ per inch. It's air dried, sawn very close to the quarter (vertical grain for 12 inches out of 18 inches) and 2 inches thick. The price is about what you pay for low grade spruce or good WRC. What do the forum meisters think of a redwood top on a DB? I want to hear from some of the experienced luthiers. I've been looking at your homepages, so I know a little about you guys and I'm very impressed with the basses I see built by some of the fellows who post here and the discussions of subtle principles involved in design and construction, and I see some wood other than spruce and maple discussed here so It appears that we are among open, but well instructed minds. So what of redwood DB's?