What do you think about the jujube wood fitting set?
Most of the Chinese violin is a jujube wood fitting set. What do you think about this?
How does it affect the sound of the violin?
Compared to commonly used boxwood, rosewood, and ebony, what about it?
The real McCoy, that grows in Italy, is very hard and good, and it was used by some classic Italian makers. It is very different from the stuff that we see in some cheap violins.
My Ming Jiang Zhu viola came with Jujube fittings. I don't know if the wood is "real" but they actually look pretty good. They have some faux-ivory trim on them, however, which is a bit fragile.
Did you get a better sound after changing the fitting settings than before?
The sound was unchanged. But it was much easier to keep my viola in tune, and without straining my hands. With gear pegs you do not ever open your case to discover one of your pegs has slipped.
My two violas, made by Marcos Schmitz, use jujube fittings.
I just replaced a jujube chinrest with a Castel boxwood one (South American species). I am going to eventually change out the tailpiece if if shows signs of strain/wear.