My take on the tuneable tailpiece
Finally got around to making my version of the tuneable tailpiece we saw on here a while back.
The workmanship is a little rough around the edges—especially on the back (yikes)—but
it's just a prototype, so that's my excuse.
I have no idea what kind of wood this is. It's some sort of mystery hardwood I found in my garage. The grain is similar to maple but the wood is quite soft and springy. If you can tell me what you think it is, I'd appreciate it. If it helps, the colour is just from baking and a thin coat of oil.
Anyways. Now to wait a month for a new tailgut to come in the mail so I can actually try it. I'll make a new thread when I get around to that.
It looks interesting to experimment with Mr.Mather. Have you weighed this tailpiece compared to the one you will be exchanging it for? Not a wood expert buf it looks like Black Walnut except that is quite hard so my second guess would be some sort of soft Mahogany such as Phillipine.
Haven't weighed it exactly, but it is considerably lighter. Probably half the weight or less.
It is really hard to tell from a bad lit photo and without touching it, but could that be palisander?
I found an old nylon hanger and stuck it on my "outdoor gig" violin...
I'm trying to imagine what kind of "hardwood" scraps someone might have in his garage that would be "quite soft." The only thing I can come up with is poplar.
"I can't remember who had a tailpiece like this one..."
Poplar would be my guess as well.
My own tunable tailpieces are made of black poplar.
Interesting. I'll try that today on my good violin.
"hit it with a pencil stick" is a very interesting concept. When you strike an object sharply you get more high overtones. Rubbing it (as with a bow) brings out more fundamental. But what I have already said exceeds my knowledge of mechanical vibrations. I'm lucky I have colleagues, mechanical engineers, who are expert in such things.
I hit the strings very lightly.