The ideal tone is an individually subjective reality. Example: some are drawn to the oval hole sound, some like the F hole tone. People use words to describe an instrument response like woody, woofy, open, fat, thin, tight, etc.. All these descriptions can be applied to bass notes, treble notes, mid range notes and open & closed cords. Bottom line we all want a powerful instrument with a full loud bark, fat full treble notes that cut and clear open bass notes. These ingredients combined with all the sympathetic harmonies, complex overtones, and inner reverberations inside the sound chamber create world class instruments. Experience has taught me the importance the back has in producing those overtones, reverberation and sympathetic harmony tones. Without a properly moving back all mid range is lost and usually will be thin and tight lacking all around fullness.
The type of music you play might dictate a desired sound you'll want in an instrument. The style you play might lead you to a particular sound. Example: A good mandolin for a cross picking style will have long sustaining notes to help with that fluid, flowing sound for that style. To build an instrument like that I would use a heavy, dense , stiff top material carved thin, stiff tone bars and heavy/dense neck and back material properly graduated.
Some players play very hard with a heavy right handed attack. They need a mandolin with a stiff dense top like a tight grain , high altitude spruce & large strong tone bars. A tight stiff top can absorb hard playing without going thin or mushy other players play very delicately, a good mando for that style will have a sensitive soft/light top material. Making the whole instrument move with little effort.
To say I could tailor build an instrument for a particular style/sound a person wants is a bold statement. However, I do believe once the terminology was established and the client desires made clear, I can execute a world class instrument that meets those demands. I have a 100% money back guarantee that can be based totaly on tone alone if your not satisfied. I've built 30 mandolins and 10 top replacements. Buy changing top materials top graduation and tone bar materials & positions on all but my last few mandolins. I've established a couple consistencies that follow common sense and truly work.