I was going to take my violin to a luthier...
but I checked his work and found this harp tailpiece he made (and sells)
Not going to take my violin to him anymore, but planning on buying the tailpiece and hanging it on the wall as a piece of postmodern art
Well I guess we are going to have another afterlength discussion here.
"Palo Santo", also known as Lignum Vitae, according to the seller.
A tailpiece only a mother could love.
Some of my colleagues use such a tailpiece. It's unusual but it isn't freakish. Some people believe that the longer afterlengths on the lower strings improve the sound.
Do their harp tailpieces look like the one above?
I love it!
Yes, the harp tailpieces look very much like the one above.
@ Demian, Why special strings? I don't think the afterlength difference is that big...
Lignum Vitae is native to Caribbean islands, notably Haiti, and it's pretty much commercially extinct. It's regarded as the hardest, heaviest wood species - it sinks in water even when dried - and was traditionally the wood of choice for making woodcarver's mallets. It was also used for making bearings for propeller shafts on steamships because of its durability and water resistance. One distinguishing characteristic is the dramatic contrast between the heartwood and the sapwood, where the heartwood is a very dark rosewood color, while the sapwood is a light yellowish color similar to your tailpiece example. Still, that doesn't really look like Lignum Vitae to me. In any case, the craftsmanship is pathetic, and I think that's Demian's main point.
I was referring to craftsmanship as well, the actual style of the tailpiece isn’t my thing, but I don’t hate it.
@Mark Bouquet "the craftsmanship is pathetic, and I think that's Demian's main point. "
Even a harp tailpiece is supposed to have a saddle just like a standard tail piece.
@Demian I would never imagine such a difference!
Sorry, I totally missed the craftmanship angle...I see what you mean now!
Anyone here watch Bad Santa?