It was about time to start on the jazz greats. The Duke is No. 1....please let me know your preferences. I'd go for Parker and Coltrane, Peterson possibly, Brubeck....but the list is so big, and it's so taste-governed I'm not sure where to start here. I'm certainly not an afficionado-
The base on this is not a perfect woodworker's finish, but an imitation of a 1940-50's era handmade pine. I've roughed it up some, and put on that heavy yellow varnish. In other words, it's a period-piece.