Somehow I missed it when you announced your order. Congrats!!! I saw it earlier today on Audiocircle.
Do you have a shipping cost estimate? When I ordered ropey cherry veneer for my Veracity STs in 2016, it added to the total cost, but it was less than the shipping. For me, putting it into that context made the decision easy. I've never been sorry with that choice.
Shipping from Pontiac, MI to Chicago, IL will probably be less than my shipping was to Maryland. And your veneer prices seem to be more than mine was. So maybe… or maybe not?