TAILPIECES

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 This bar, originally  made of light wood, has became stronger to withstand the high tension of modern metal strings.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


Hill Violon Red 1001088

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.

FR violon 1000980

French tailpiece

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cheville-harmonie

French Ebony violin

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Incorporated tuners

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

cheville-harmonie

French standard 4 tuners

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cheville-harmonie

Cello standard 4 tuners

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Our cello tailpieces with integrated tuners

 

cheville-harmonie

French Cello

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cheville-harmonie

Pernambuco 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.

 

Sonowood 1001005Sonowood

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Sonowood is a material developed in Switzerland by Swisswood solutions, with a view to countering deforestation linked to the overexploitation of certain species traditionally used in the making of accessories for the quartet for their exceptional density or stability. The woods used are endemic species such as spruce, maple, walnut or beech, densified by compression at densities between 1100 and 1400 kg / m3, without injection of resins. (Model shown: spruce)  

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 ...
We don't use real ivory any more. It had been replaced by bone.
Violin & Viola have a nut (ebony or bone), cellos tailpieces do not.