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I really like working with ebony, its like dark chocolate. The timber I used has brown streaks in it, so it wasn’t expensive – most people are after the rarer jet black stuff. I actually prefer the look of this, and its still pretty dark and dense.

I left the keys rough, just partially sanded, as I like the look of saw marks. There’s no finish on them. I finished the case with a small amount of ultra matt lacquer that was meant to be completely clear, but it left a slightly blueish tinge. Its sort of worn off now, after a lot of pub sessions.

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