I'm looking to get a new set of fittings, and I can't believe how many choices are out there. I'm partial to boxwood with mammoth ivory accents, I think.
I've seen boxwood sets range from $70 to $700, and in the pictures they all look basically identical.
-Then there's the datewood fittings from China. These look just as good to my eyes, and a fraction of the price. Is there something wrong with these fittings, either mechanically or sonically?
I'm also interested in the Les Bois d'Harmonie sets, primarily for their tailpieces. They theoretically (may) have the best sounding fine-tuners.
d'Harmonie also offers a set in pernambuco, and they CLAIM that the pernambuco tailpiece gives the violin more resonance. It's certainly intriguing.Has anyone tried this tailpiece?
Last: I'm finding it very hard to decide on which type of wood to go with. Manufacturers never show their fittings actually INSTALLED on a violin. Very odd. They should show pics of each fitting-series installed on violins with various finishes, don't you think? Does anyone know where I might find such pictures?
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