Hooray - it's stained, polyurthaned (2 coats), and has a layer of beeswax and lanolin - pretty pretty, shiny shiny. All the pins are in - just had to redrill all the holes (thank you David), as they were a fraction too small. A bit disapointed to find that where the pillar and soundbox join there's a big gap, that will require staining, painting and poly. Now I have to work out how to tie the blasted strings - at the moment they're winning, and I keep getting the short end to pull tight, rather than the long end. Will provide hours of entertainment. Who's a clever girl then?