tailpiece

trefle The tailpiece connects the four strings to the lower part of the instrument. This bar, originally  made of light wood, has became stronger to withstand the high tension of modern metal strings.
Fine tuners appeared to facilitate the tuning of the metal strings, which are more sensitive to tension.
Historical Evolution

Bois d'Harmonie tailpieces


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Hill tailpiece

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Simple without tuners

The Hill model is the English tradition, with a central ridge.
The French model, rounder and more open is the Mirecourt style.
In Ebony Wood, Boxwood, Rosewood or Pernambuco.

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French tailpiece

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French Ebony violin

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Incorporated tuners

A wooden tailpiece, a lightweight composite tuner, which does not alter the neck projection.

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French standard 4 tuners

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Cello standard 4 tuners

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Our cello tailpieces with integrated tuners

 

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French Cello

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Pernambuco violin tailpiece

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Permambuco

 The ability of Pernambuco to sound transmission makes it an ideal wood for tailpieces. Musicians ascribe it a more open sound, a sharp attack, and a better "placed" sound. It is the deluxe version of Harmonie tailpieces.

 


Technical Notes

Several lengths of tailpieces are proposed: (in order to adapt to the length of the instrument)
Violin 108 & 112 mm,
Alto 125, 130, 135mm,
Cello, 200, 220, 235, 250mm.
Extra light composite tuners are an innovation of Bois d'Harmonie. They avoid the muting effect, and facilitate dynamic sound. The "Harmonie cello," ebony is lighter than the well known black plastic tailpiece ...
The ivory used is an authorized material (fossil mammoth)
Violin & Viola have a nut (ebony or ivory), cellos tailpieces do not.