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aviolinguy

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OK, more completely unsubstantiated guesswork, based on Eric's very

interesting report:

In some ways it makes sense that a very flexible tailpiece would

attenuate HF,  in the same way a flexible neck does  (on

a guitar, at least)  Perhaps what we want is exactly the

opposite, that is, a dense, inert tailpiece, that gives a solid

fulcrum-point for the strings. No mechanical damping, & no

phase interference at all.  It might improve sustain as

well (whatever that means in regards to violins)

Image a solid tailpiece of a low-damping material (CF

certainly fits the bill) that uses NO tailcord, but rather attaches

solidly to the body in the same way as a chin-rest.

OK, radical to be sure, but what would it sound like? It would

prolly increas HF and clarity, but might also attenuate some lows.

 Hmmm .... 

Perhaps there could also be an isolation insert near the button

(dense rubber?) to keep string vibration from entering the body

anywhere but the bridge. That might make for an even clearer,

more defined tone.

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Argon55 writes

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Mark Jackson in the UK makes beautiful endpins in carbon fibre

or steel based on a Hill pattern. You can get them through Roger

Hansell Violins at

www.hansellviolins.com/fittings.asp?productgroup_id=4

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Argon...You have good taste...

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