The main focus for this build was to get Karen more tone and volume so she could compete with her band mates. Despite the alto’s smaller size, I find that it could be perceived to be as loud as a tenor, but with a different voice. The other thing I like about this instrument is the amazing quilted maple back and sides. It’s like the best part is hiding on the back for Karen to show you (or not.) The maple is from the Carpenter Ant stash, the spruce top is straight grain dulcimer spruce, the neck is from Douglas fir floorboards and the pistachio fretboard and trim is from California orchards.