I enjoyed your photos of the restoration process, and wish you well in your cellistic adventure. I happen to be a big fan of DIY; running to a luthier (assuming you have one available and not always behind in work) is a nuisance. You are very fortunate to have an uncle who's (apparently) well on his way to being a luthier! The Krentz-like mock up wolf suppressor looks ingenious. I use a Krentz and think it works well.