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Amanda, try this on your tailpiece. 😆

You’re the best!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.