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What's the story on the "Hill model" tailpiece? (A recent Shar catalogue lists ebony, rosewood and boxwood versions.) They seem very popular on better instruments.

Do I remember Jeffrey Holmes saying sometime in the past somewhere that it's simply because they do make for a better sound?

Were they actually designed by Hill? When exactly did they become popular? (I don't seem to recall seeing many that look all that old.) I've never used one personally.

Any thoughts?


[This message has been edited by Omobono (edited 03-01-2001).]

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Hi Omobono,

I don't recall saying that the Hill style tailpiece makes for better sound... do you recall the context?

I don't know thew answer to the design/popularity question, but I do see the fittings installed on instruments that passed through Hills' from just before the turn of the (20th) century.

All the best,


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