Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

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Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

In 1992, Brazilian rosewood was included in CITES Appendix I, and trade and transportation were strictly controlled. Indian rosewood is the mainstream replacement for guitar manufacturers.

Brazilian Rosewood,Dalbergia nigra

Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

Color: varied, reddish mainly.

The lines are also similar to Ziricote, (Cordia dodecandra), which is arachnoid.

Smell: a unique rose fragrance.

Brazilian rosewood has a very special aroma that is sweet and pleasant and unforgettable.

Average density: 835 kg/m3.

Texture (10x magnification): Relatively sparse.

East Indian Rosewood,Dalbergia latifolia

Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

Color: dark chocolate or pan-purple brown.

Smell: a unique rose fragrance.

Compared to other tree species of Dalbergia, it is not bad, but it is not particularly good.

The average density: 830kg/m3, almost the same, it is difficult to distinguish the two by density.

Texture (10x magnification): relatively dense.

Observing texture should be the most effective way to distinguish, the average stomatal density of Indian rosewood is about twice that of Brazilian rosewood.

Other distinguishing skills

Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

In addition to the unique smell, it can roughly distinguish Brazilian rosewood from most non-Dalbergia species. Another feature that can be utilized is that its heartwood extract is insoluble in water and does not fluoresce when illuminated with a black light. For the suspected “Brazilian rosewood” sample, prepare a transparent container, such as a test tube, shake a small amount of shavings with water and illuminate with a black light. The color of Brazilian rosewood will not change, and most rosewood will show light blue or light green.

Summary of the distinction between Brazilian rosewood and alternatives:

Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

Non-Dalbergia: smell.

Indian rosewood: stomatal density, fluorescence test.

Amazon Rosewood: Density (submersible), fluorescent test.

Madagascar Rosewood: Fluorescence test.

Cocobolo: Density (submersible), fluorescent test.

Kingwood (produced in Brazil or Mexico): Density (submerged), observed stomata (small pore size), fluorescence test.

Honduran Rosewood: Density (not submerged, but about 20% higher), observing the pores (the pores are not consistent, large and small), fluorescence test.

Ordinary consumers, dealers and friends are the most contacted with the finished guitar. Methods such as density, observation of pores, and fluorescence testing are not realistic. The easier way is:

Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood,and the method of distinguishing their close relatives

1. Official configuration table. Check out paper forms, official website, telephone, email consultation. This is the most reliable.

2. odor. Not only does it distinguish non-Dalbergia, the smell of Brazilian rosewood is unique in the commonly used Dalbergia wood. This is not rigorous;

3. Exterior. Texture and color. This is not rigorous;

4. price. The pricing logic of mainstream brands is relatively clear, usually from low to high, it is mahogany, Indian rosewood, Madagascar rosewood or cocoa, and Brazilian rosewood. Prerequisites: Standard models, other configurations (such as soundboard, inlays, etc.) are basically the same, non-signature, customized, limited, special models. not serious.

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