Is my tailpiece dangerous?
I am stuck at home with a broken ankle and I want to be able to practise my violn while I have free time. I stopped playing because when I went to replace a string 2 months ag0 I allowed my tail cord and everything else to come loose and it fell apart in that the tail cord was no longer a loop. Nothing was actually broken, I put it back together and it seems okay, but now I am afraid to play it in case I've done it wrong and something pops out and hits me in the eye. Is this a realistic fear?
I can't take it anywhere to be checked until my ankle heals (6-8 weeks) but I don't want to miss the chance to play.
Thank you for reading :)
An old gut loop can break through age; on a nylon tailgut the screw-thread at each end can wear out. A new nylon loop, with its two brass "nuts" can be bought on th web for a few Euros.
Yes, your tailgut is dangerous, if it broke so that it wasn't making a loop it has failed and has to be replaced, fitting it back in will just make the same thing happen again, only sooner.
Tell us what kind of tailcord you have and how it failed and perhaps we can help.
I was surprised, the title reads like a Cotton Mather post. Don't hurt me Cotton.
Lesley, can you post a photo? From your description, I can't quite tell what's going on.
For the several decades I had my cello its tailpiece cord was piano wire, with no problems . I believe it is still on that cello, which my daughter now owns.
I was considering making a similar post about my ebony tailpiece. I shaved a good half of its mass off (from the bottom) to make it lighter, and I was wondering what the maximum tolerance is for thinning a tailpiece.
Cotton, really looking forward to that one!
Dangerous... For the violin, probably. Not for your eyes.
It'd be fine... My violin's been through plenty of hardships.
Thank you all for the kind and helpful replies, I need not have feared that my post would be trashed. I now know that I can buy a new tailcord and I have now seen one collapse on Yuri Bashmet. Interesting that it went suddenly and the strings were playable right up to the end.
The juxtaposition of "tailpiece" with "dangerous" here on a public web forum will doubtless be noticed by some AI-controlled security database, if it hasn't been already, and brought to the attention of inquisitive check-in staff at airports and elsewhere. What times we live in!
Lesley, I was interested in photos showing the tail adjuster with the instrument strung up. No need to take the setup down at this point to photograph it.
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