Tintul Fittings


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Do any of you  have any experience with Tintul fittings. I am guessing it is the replacement for Rosewood? They seem pretty light weight. I wonder if any of you have an experience as far how they affect the sound? I have found that there is some difference between ebony/ regular fittings in general and pernambuco. Pernambuco fittings seem to open up the sound of instruments I put them on 

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I use tintul/tetul fittings quite a bit, but from a different source. 

They are light, look nice (imho) and the wood works very well (very rarely any tear-out turning pegs).

I can’t say too much to the tonal impact b/c I use them on new instruments. (But my instruments sound amazing. So it must be the fittings! :-)

I buy from Dov, who have a wide selection of fitting styles and chinrests. I use tetul finger boards from Dov, and those can be trickier because of the interlocking grain. But it’s hard wood and wears well. 

It’s not an endangered or unsustainably-cultivated species, and I that’s important to me.

(I have no financial interest in Dov.)

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16 hours ago, Bodacious Cowboy said:

I don't like "Acura Meister" fittings. Generic Indian with a substantial mark up.  Don't know about tintul specifically. 

I get them at wholesale so the price is actually very inexpensive for me. I know they have substantial mark up at retail

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I looked up "tintul" in the wood database and it is more commonly known as tamarind or tetul.  The fruit is very beneficial. ... "The polyphenols in tamarind have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The seed extract may also help lower blood sugar, while the pulp extract may help you lose body weight and reverse fatty liver disease (1).Jul 7, 2020"

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I just received a set this fall from a US seller, plus an additional harp-style tailpiece direct from India. They look very nice, but I have yet to work them, they're for my cornerless violin that is in progress. I didn't think it was necessary to purchase the Accurameister set, as I agree they're likely overpriced. Even though AM claims all their stock is kiln-dried, I treat all my fittings like tone wood and season them for a few years before fitting. The tamarind fittings I received had a glossy top coat on them, which might slow the seasoning process. Interestingly enough tamarind is cultivated here in the US in the warmer climates. It's not hard to find the spalted sap wood for sale, apparently the dark heart wood is found in the larger trees.

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