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This small French viola came into the shop today getting a make over. The first thing I noticed is the tailpiece was way too long. The viola sounded very muted and not very responsive and quite sluggish.
4 years ago when I first made the first generation of violin tailpiece from carbon fiber, I accidentally made it too long and did not fit the typical violin at 354mm well. I scrapped the mould and made a new shorter version for the violin and kept 4 of these extra long violin tailpieces just for memory sake.
4 years later this beautiful 15” viola came in and this tailpiece was exactly what it needed. Luckily I saved it and found it, the viola is now happy, quick response, rings lot more even for a little guy.
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First two pieces for the new year.
Happy new year everyone
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For those of you who prefer the ebony look instead of the carbon fiber weave.

1 down 4 to go before the end of the year.
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FAQ

Why did you invent a tailpiece with carbon fiber?

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.

How much does it cost?

The violin version is $350 and comes with 1 titanium fine tuner on the E. French or Hill style available.
The viola version is $450.
The cello version is $800 for no fine tuners, $1200 with titanium fine tuners.
The bass version is $1000.

What information do I need to give you when I order?

We currently have 2 models for cello, FR and FE.
FR is for cellos with the bottom bout larger than 44cm like Montagnana,  Goffrillers, Rugierri or early Stradivarius.
FE is for cellos with narrower than 44cm bottom bout like the forma B Stradivarius, Guadagnini etc.

Can I customize the weight?

Yes, but please allow a 2-3 grams of tolerance as each scale may be different.

Violin – 7 grams and up
Viola – 9 grams and up
Cello – 28 grams and up
Bass – 65 grams and up

Can I customize in decoration?

Yes, please let us know the complexity and we can price accordingly.

The tailpiece look asymmetrical, is it suppose to be like that?

Yes, our paten Pending design follow the curvature of the bridge lowing the 3rd string to be the highest point so when the string extend from the bridge to the tailpiece it is a even angle of decent from all 4 strings creating a more even pressure on the bridge.

Does it come with tailgut?

Yes, each tailpiece will come with 2 Kevlar cords.

Can you tune my tailpiece to a specific note?

Yes, we can depending on which note and which model you choose, additional cost may be applied.

How long does it take to receive the product?

Since this is a hand made to order, please contact us for more accurate timing.

Can I try it first before I buy?

Yes, we are offering a 30 days trial before payment.

What form of payment do you take?

Check, money order, credit card, PayPal, and bank transfer.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes we do, we offer 12 months interest free payment plan.

What is the warranty on this tailpiece?

We offer a lifetime warranty on the tailpiece body.