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Re: Anyone know of a supplier of adjustable tail-piece wires?

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Posted by Don on November 10, 2001 at 13:17:36:

In Reply to: Anyone know of a supplier of adjustable tail-piece wires? posted by John Precious on November 10, 2001 at 04:22:37:

: I searching for an adjustable tail-piece wire (not nylon) for a 3/4 carved bass.
: I would also require fitting and tuning (I believe there are ideal lengths of the after-bridge strings)instructions to be used either by myself or a luthier who has only fitted nylon or gut varieties?

: Many thanks in advance.

Monte is showing you something new on the market. He's told me he's pleased with it. Many luthiers use what some people call "airplane cable". It's made of wire strands wound to approx. 3mm or 1/8". The two ends overlap and feed into a steel sleeve with two set screws. Available in hardware stores. If you don't have time for all this, I'd say go with Monte.
Most luthiers prescribe a pitch between bridge and tailpiece a 4th to a 5th higher (omitting octaves) than the section above the bridge. For that reason, you don't snip off the cable ends until you have the tailpiece in perfect adjustment. On the other hand, Monte and I have 'discussed' the pitch aspect, and at least one prominent luthier doesn't agree with the rest of the crowd.
You can get good information from International Violin, 1-800-542-3538

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