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I have tried all kinds of bracing to improve box stability, and to see what sound comes out. I made a six string dulci-mandolin with very thin all wood box, with an X brace, and it sounded very good. I also put an X brace on the bottom with a "sound post" on the bass string side. I was surprised at the nice tone. The box was Cedar. I put kerfing along the inside edges to strengthen the box, as it had six strings with lots of tension, tuned in the mandolin range. I took it to a jam and sold it. That was the best sounding CB mando to date. I now make them with the stick on the top, like a traditional dulcimer.