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So, while I'm a complete beginner and it will probably be a long time before i upgrade my violin. i was just curious to see what everyones thoughts were on the different types of fittings for violins. I LOVE the way rosewood looks, well the darker stuff, to me its beautiful and adds a bit of character to the violins. I know ebony is traditional but true ebony is hard to find since the trees are now endangered but black is defiantly the classy look. And boxwood is defiantly intersting. I think its a bit light for most finishes but could work with a darker finished violin. Any ideas on types. Regardless of how strong the wood is, unless a professional and i'll never be that with my violin, i don't see ever wearing out even the softer woods in my lifetime....soooo what do you all think? does anyone think any type plays different, especially the fingerboards?

 

also how hard is it to change a fingerboard on a violin? just out of complete curiosity...

 

I hope i'm not repeating a post. I tried to find a similar one but couldn't.

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I use boxwood with bone collars for my tailpiece, pegs and end pin, and bone for the nut, for my fingerboard, it's just the regular ebony, I've heard that some Chinese factory violins used different wood, I dunno what kind, but they just "ebonised" it, i.e painted black. Back then, specially in the baroque era, they also used different wood, probably because the tuning is not much of a higher tension, but after some time, people used a more standard tuning, which has a higher tension, therefore using a much harder wood, like ebony, so that the neck wouldn't warp.

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I like boxwood, rosewood and ebony.  I think options are nice to have.  I would like to have fittings like the ones on the soloist  violin....  🙂

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To me the most beautiful violin I made was with all rosewood and gold pin pegs with gold fine tuner and inlay on the tailpiece. The fingerboard was rosewood also. I wish I knew who had that violin, I would love to see it being played.

Changing the fingerboard is really easy. I use an old steam iron and lay it on the fingerboard to heat it up then work a knife under it and it comes right off.

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rockinglr33 said  Regardless of how strong the wood is, unless a professional and i'll never be that with my violin, i don't see ever wearing out even the softer woods in my lifetime....soooo what do you all think? does anyone think any type plays different, especially the fingerboards?   

I wouldn't count on that.  I've got a pretty cheap fiddle but have been playing less then two years and already seeing wear on my fingerboard.  

 

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I would probably have to say that I lean towards Rosewood as a preference as well. There are so many fancy fittings for those who are interested that it's hard to say though. I've seen some pretty nice Ebony fittings as well.

No difference in how they sound or play though.

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everyone: Thanks for your reply's. its all very interesting to hear everyones opinions! When i get good enough and upgrade maybe i will just have to spend some extra money and do some rosewood fittings but until then its nice to dream :D

 

FM: Good to know tone really isn't affected. I doubted it did but always good to check with people who have tried it :) thank you!

 

Well i'm off to bed as its getting late here but hope ya'll have a wonderful day. more opinions always welcome of course!

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