Much the same here- I have passed on buying Gaboon ebony ($$$$s!!!), do have some small pieces of katalox and African blackwood put by.I would tend to use African Blackwood, it's more forgiving, I think it has more figure and looks nicer. Not as black but it depends what you want.
Sorry, links did not work for me.no i just bought a piece of very dark brown oak. smoked oak, read the "more information" tab
Unfortunately I got what I got so have used it. Came out OK, sanded it from 220 to 10,000.fairly certain that any other wood that is black, other than real ebony, will be better