Baroque tailpiece vs modern

March 9, 2019, 11:59 AM · Assuming I just use a metal tailcord instead of gut, what are the disadvantages of a baroque style tailpiece when comparing with the standard hill model? (Don't say no fine tuners—I have geared pegs.)
I kinda like the look of the baroque style, and I could easily make one. If I did, it would be considerably lighter than the ebony tailpiece I have on, too.

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Edited: March 10, 2019, 9:03 AM · One advantage of the baroque tailpiece design over modern tailpieces is that it easily doubles as a chin rest when needed. View videos of any number of baroque violinists in action to see what I mean.

I have an important proviso, though, about using a steel E on a baroque tailpiece. I'm not sure that its design would be up to withstanding the tension of a steel E over time without risking a potentially catastrophic crack or split. This is why on my 18th c violin I use a modern Hill wood tailpiece without integral adjusters but with an add-on Hill-style adjuster to accommodate the steel E I use in conjunction with the lower gut strings. In the proverbial drawer at home I have a baroque tailpiece, complete with a real gut tail-cord, which I have used in the past but only with an all-gut string setup.

March 10, 2019, 10:36 AM · That could be solved by gluing some thick paper on the inside of the E slot, although I don't think it would be so fragile.


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