#03 Tailpiece seems to be "transparent", invisible as long as it works...

The bridge, positioned right in the middle of the instrument, is the center of acoustical gravity. It produces the sound, so it is normal that violin makers pay a lot of attention both to the conception and practical realization of the bridge. The cutting of the bridge, repeated over and over again, opens the way to a process of experimentation and, over the years, violin makers have developed some personal recipes. A bridge carries the maker's individual touch, and the sense of his or her craft, in an attempt to bring the instrument to the best of its possibilities.

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#02  Acoustics : The Cello endpin

The role of the cello has progressed, from the simple rythmical bass, the continuo, to a "singing" position. Accessories have changed a lot: strings, endpins and finetuners contribute to a more comfortable playing position, unbeaten and unrivalled in power and virtuosity.

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#01 The cello tailpiece

The cello tailpiece:
how it affects the sound and response of the instrument.
Eric FOUILHE1; Giacomo GOLI2; Anne HOUSSAY3; George STOPPANI4.

1. Laboratory of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, University Montpellier 2, CNRS .
2. Researcher at DEISTAF, University of Florence
3. Musée de la Musique, cité de la musique, Paris
4. Violin maker, acoustician researcher, Manchester
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