Always trying new things, I got this huge padauk block for $98 from Gidwani Exoticwoods. It is an African wood, very hard, heavy, and resonant. It rings when you knock on it. In fact, they make budget-line marimbas from it. It has a wild grain with large pores, and a striking Mars-red color when fresh. But it fades rapidly to brown. I found it frankly a drudge to work-- its brittleness makes it apt to splinter and tear out. (One rap against padauk marimbas is breakage.) So I guess that's why padauk is low priced for an exotic. Nonetheless, the grain glitters under a finish, and I think it has potential as a tone wood. Acoustically, this one sounds like a very fine cigar box. Cohiba, maybe. But through the pickup (Duncan Alnico II Pro) the bone saddle and acoustic vibe make for a peppy, harmonic, lite jazz tone.