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Vintage style tail-pieces
These tailpieces will suit all the floating bridge family of instruments, from the mandolin to the bouzouki. When choosing a tailpiece, the key factors for me are the style of the mandolin and personal preference. However, there is animated discussion in some circles about the effects of different tails on the sounds of the mandolin. Some wish to opt for heavier tails that transfer more of the string vibration to the body of the instrument; others for lighter ones, bowing to the old Italian masters, whose tailpieces were often minimal. Your choice!
Perhaps my ears are not what they once were, but changing the tail seems to me to alter the sound not one bit.
|German kidney-shaped tail.||Italian style||American style||Modern style|
|8 string hooks and sometimes a strap hook. Inbuilt sleeve guard. Slightly curved. The metal in this piece is 0.5mm thick.|| 4 string posts, ideal for
acetate sleeve guard
fitting. Slightly curved.
The metal in this piece is 0.6mm thick and 46mm wide.
Distance between top 2 screw holes: 26mm (centre to centre)
|8 string hooks with inbuilt sleeve guard. Slightly curved. The metal in this piece is 0.75mm thick.||Solidly built with 8 string hooks and inbuilt sleeve guard. Flat profile. The metal in this piece is 1.25mm thick.|
|£7.50 each plus P&P||£7.50
each plus P&P
£5 each for 5 or more
|£10.0 each plus P&P||£12.50 each plus P&P|
|Large Bouzouki tail||6 Post Italian||Large 4 Post Tail||German 6 hook (mandolin or guitar)|
|8 string posts, lightly curved,
70mm wide and 45mm tall.
Made in 0.9mm thick brass.
|6 string posts, lightly curved,
50mm wide and 55mm tall.
Made in 0.8mm thick steel.
|6 string posts, lightly curved,
60mm wide and 40mm tall, with inbuilt sleeve guard.
Made in 0.75mm thick steel.
|I now have some old unused German
tailpieces, both brass and chromed with inbuilt sleeve guard and strap
Made in 0.75mm thick brass
|£12.0 each plus P&P||£10.0 each plus P&P||£10.0 each plus P&P||£7.50 each plus P&P|
| 8 string hooks. Inbuilt sleeve guard. Slightly
Made in brass 0.5mm thick.
|£7.50 each plus P&P|
|In all tails, the lower screw-hole may be re-drilled to take a modern end-pin screw.|
|Gibson F5 and A style tailpiece||Solid Brass Tailpiece|
|Gold-effect steel, 8 string hooks (left), with detachable cover (centre). With cover fitted, (right). The metal in this piece is 0.75mm thick.||New design in brass, 8 string posts, and sleeve guard. The brass in this piece is now only around 1.5mm thick.|
|£15.00 each plus P&P||£15.00 each plus P&P|
|Mandriola tailpiece (also suitable for 9 and 10 string instruments)||Fado-style tailpieces|
|I now have a few more tailpieces with 12 string posts and a strap post. Inbuilt sleeve guard. The metal in this piece is 0.5mm thick.||12 string posts. The metal in this piece is 1.00mm thick. Note: no sleeve guard on this one.||8 string posts and inbuilt sleeve guard. The metal in this piece is 1.00mm thick.|
|£25 each plus P&P||£12 each plus P&P||£10 each plus P&P|