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Amanda, try this on your tailpiece. 😆

You’re the best!!!

3 weeks ago

Carbon Fiber Tailpieces by Kenneth Kuo

Stop paying $400-$500 for a set of cello strings when your tailpiece is going to absorb much vibration, especially if you need to change the strings more than once a year! Your tailpiece is a vital part of your cello’s natural vibration, when string manufacturers use advance materials and techniques to increase the ability of strings, don’t let it muted by one of these plastic, wood or even metallic tailpiece, it will just stop or slow down the flow of that vibration coming from your strings.
Take a listen to these tailpieces drop from 15 inches on to a wooden stool, hear how much vibration is produced by each one of these tailpieces.
If you look at most string manufacturers they put a metallic ball end for a reason and is there to sustain the vibrations from the string. Why don’t they use wood, plastic or rubber? Because it will absorb the vibration. If that’s the case, our tailpiece is connected to the string so it does matter what material you should prolong that vibration.
Here in Tonal Tailpiece I use carbon fiber and build up to a thickness that is stronger than steel tailpieces and much lighter and can transmit vibrations lot more than others. Lighter is not always better, lighter means less material and can be soft which will not ring as much.
I also use titanium hooks and screws to further promote the “ impedance point” so strings can ring longer in combination with carbon fiber tailpiece.
I have study this material combination for many years now, it really makes the strings vibrate more freely and longer as well as responding faster.
If you like to learn more about this study, please message me and I would be happy to share my findings with you.

www.tonaltailpiece.com
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The game is so funny! I wanna try~~~

What is good ebony or faiber tailpiece

Laura Shirley Spicer

The main problem is in the tailepiece cord. That is what will absorb the vibrations or not. Try to change it for a non stretch material.

2 months ago

Carbon Fiber Tailpieces by Kenneth Kuo

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If you made one in Maroon and Gold like my undergraduate alma mater...(Arizona State Sun Devils...)....haha

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Kenneth Kuo, 1700 Mateo Goffriller

Pioneer in finest hand made carbon fiber tailpiece

I am a strong believer that our instruments still have room to improve in sound and vibration and naturally produce a bigger and more vibrant sound. The tailpiece is a sensitive area of our instrument, its function is not only hold strings but to transmit the vibration and feed it back to the bridge. Using carbon fiber makes sense  because its weight to density ratio is able to transmit vibrations back to the bridge much more than wood,  plastic or metal. I made one for my 1700 Mateo Goffriller, instantly it woke up the old cello and gave it extra vibration, more focus, deeper bass, faster response, clearer tone and much more sound.

About Kenneth Kuo

A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Kenneth Kuo has been hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald as a “cellist with great facility and confidence,” and Strings magazine as an artist with “effortless technique, a beautiful, warm tone, and an unabashedly romantic soul.”

Kenneth Kuo began cello lessons at the age of four, and by eight had won the first of three consecutive Taipei Youth Cello Competition awards. In 1986, he enrolled in the Preparatory Division of the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marion Feldman. He continued his studies with Harvey Shapiro at The Juilliard School, when he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, followed by advanced work with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, which conferred his Master’s of Music Degree as well as the Aldo Parisot Prize in recognition of his artistic achievements. Other important teachers include James Kreger, David Geber, sho-San Lin and Da-Ou Zhao.

Kenneth Kuo has performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, appearing in dozens of distinguished venues, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and St. Petersburg’s Glazunov Concert Hall, the Taiwan National Concert Hall and the Sydney Town Hall in Australia. He has collaborated with many celebrated artists, among them Pierre Boulez, Erick Friedman, Aldo Parisot and Itzhak Perlman, and, in January 2000, was invited to perform for President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan.

In addition to his classical performances, Kenneth Kuo has recorded two albums for Taiwan’s Jingo Records: “The Memories of Boom Mi Pon” (the top-selling classical album for 10 consecutive months) and “Splendid Adventure.” Both recordings – with combined sales of over 500,000 CDs – were nominated for “Best Crossover Instrumental Album” by the Golden Music Awards in Taiwan; they are currently available from Amazon and iTunes. His latest CD, “The Sky You Decide,” released on Virgin Records, was originally recorded for San Li Television’s Discovery, Food and History channels and was seen throughout Taiwan. Mr. Kuo’s crossover projects also include collaborations with numerous Asian pop superstars, as well as independent pop and folk artists from around the world.

Kenneth Kuo is the Founder and President of The Connecticut School of Music in Westport and Greenwich and the creator of the Connecticut Musical Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization assisting students with musical and financial needs. He has also held positions at Yale University, Taiwan National Teachers College, Thames Valley Music School in Connecticut College, Ithaca Violincello Institute, New England Music Camp and Colombia’s University Antonio Nariño.

Kenneth Kuo owns and performs on two historic celli, crafted by legendary Venetian masters – a 1700 Mateo Goffriller and a 1735 Francesco Gofriller.

Kenneth Kuo and his wife, Satoko, make their home in New York City.