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East Indian rosewood, Bombay Blackwood (Dalbergia latifolia) grows in Sri Lanka and East India. The hard, durable and little shrinking heartwood is dark purple, purple brown to violet, streaked with dark veins, very decorative. The smell is sour and aromatic when fresh. Applications are high-quality work in interior design, for furniture and as special wood for musical instruments, especially for guitar backs and sides it has been THE wood for instrument makers for 50 years.These pieces are cut from 1980s board of flawless old stock AAA Quality!