All the 'A's

Acacia, Acer, Alnus, Aniba spp - common names include Tasmanian blackwood, Koa, Maple, Alder, Preciosa.
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  • Acer spp - MAPLE
    Fiddleback sycamore (A. pseudoplatanus), Norway (A. platanoides), field (A. campestre) and sugar maple (A. saccharum) all belong to this family of trees. Highly prized with watery marks of various patterns. Sturdy enough for thin walls of stringed instruments and their long necks under tension. Maple vs birch is a consistent discussion amongst kit drums. Do you know which one you use? If so, post your contributions there. If not, click this heading and find a slot for your contribution.
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  • Acer campestre - FIELD MAPLE
    One of the smaller maples, common in hedgerows, more common in historical than contemporary instruments. Please post any contributions with one of the following phrases in the subject header - musical, non-musical, qualities, availability, volume used, recycling, location, conservation, cultural, or misc.
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  • Acer macrophyllum - OREGON / BIGLEAF MAPLE
    Softer than hard maple, From north-western America, like all Acer spp, bigleaf maple is particularly prized when found with with rippled figure, whereupon it is snapped up for stringed instrument manufacture. Please post any contributions with one of the following phrases in the subject header - musical, non-musical, qualities, availability, volume used, recycling, location, conservation, cultural, or misc.
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  • Acer platanoides - NORWAY MAPLE
    This common European maple was used to fashion ribs, backs, necks and scrolls by the renowned violin makers of Cremona to produce archetypal fine fiddles in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Still interchangeable with sycamore in European bodies of the violin family, it is also supplied for guitar necks and bodies. A stock timber for recorders.
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  • Acer pseudoplatanus - SYCAMORE
    A successful coloniser, out-competeing other plant diversity, sycamore is cut as a weed in parts of its range, yet highly valued when found to have produced a rippled figure. So apt for violin-making, such wood is known as fiddleback sycamore. Please post any contributions with one of the following phrases in the subject header - musical, non-musical, qualities, availability, volume used, recycling, location, conservation, cultural, or misc.
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  • Acer saccharum - HARD / ROCK MAPLE
    The same american maple that is tapped for its sweet sap to produce syrup, makes rock or hard maple timber. Commonly used for electric guitar necks and the top or cap of the same instrument's bodies. Hard rock maple indeed.
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