Good news on the cello front: the 'Fat Baby Strad' is finished in the white! It is happily spinning away in the lightbox. Both the cello and the PG violin that I am currently antiquing will be arriving at Grand Rapids Violins early next year.
For my next cello I'm contemplating a gorgeous poplar back and ribs that I picked up from my friend Chris Jacoby. The density of this back is less than maple, but with careful planning and graduations, this won't matter. The model will once again be the Fat Baby Strad.