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Tailpiece for an Electric Cello
Do electric cello have a specific tailpiece for them?
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October 12, 2019 - 9:28 am
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Are tailpieces for the electric cello the same as the ones for acoustic cellos? I Googled for the answer and only found info on cello tailpieces that mentioned acoustic in the description, or nothing specific. I am assuming from this that they are interchangeable,  but the depth of an acoustic is much more than an electric.

Wouldn’t the depth factor make the acoustic cello tailpiece not really fit an electric cello?

 

 

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@Mouse and others.  The tail piece is generally the same, unless the maker offers up a proprietary mutant.  If the electric cello utilizes geared pegs, the tail piece will lack fine tuners to lessen tampering weight.  

A electronic pickup is quite capable of magnifying slight string vibrations, so a long period of resonance is possible without a classically formed corpus.

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The strings go through the body on my WAV4 Cello, same way as an electric bass

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I saw an electric violin on YouTube like that. It did not have a scroll. NES, maybe? Cannot remember exactly which one. 

My main playing will be on my acoustic, but when I am having knee issues, or when I just want to not be heard in the house, I can use my inexpensive electric after it is delivered. That way I can work on my fingering, even though my knee may be giving me issues, or if I know Jer is working on something. In the Winter months, most work is done in the house. My knee will probably work is way to be okay, but the doing things in the house will remain.

I don’t expect the cello to sound like my acoustic, but my fingering will be the same. I read that a lot of people changed out the tailpiece, so I was checking about it in case. 

I can use the headphones, or just not plug it into anything. Not plugging it in will more allow sound, but, not like an acoustic. Just want to play anytime I want and need to. This will give me that possibility.

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If it's passive electronics headphones won't work, you'll need a small headphone amp like the Rolls etc.. https://www.sweetwater.com/c41.....lsrc=aw.ds

 

I plug mine into an amp or mixing board, they both have headphone inputs

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It comes with the headset. So I am good. It can be done either with headphones, amps or nothing but bow. It will suit its purpose.

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@Mouse .  I use mine without headphones and I like it.  If you do use headphones, I suggest getting a “gamer” set with a single ear cup.  Otherwise, if your left ear cup strikes a peg, you will think a nuke bomb went off in the house.  

You have several instruments so this goes without saying, but make sure that the string length between the nut and bridge is consistent between the acoustic and the electric or your intonation will be off.  You should also mimic the curves on the respective bridges to ease bowing adjustment.

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The bridge has a specific place it needs to be on this electric cello I am getting. Jer will most likely have to trace the bridge for a template, and mark the string placements, and file it down. Just about every comment said the bridge is a little too high the way it comes. He has done that before. 

I am not going to be too concerned by fractions of inches or mm’s or whatever is used when measuring the strings. I don’t measure between instruments I currently have. I believe it will be fine. I think we can get a little too technical sometimes. As long as I can use a normal tailpiece, if it does indeed need to be replaced, I am good. I think that I might actually have one in my cello accessory drawer. I really only read one comment about that, so it probably will not be an issue.

Most said to use different strings, which is a given. Not going to put my good new strings on it until after I know it is a good enough cello for them, anyway. If it is good enough for the new strings, and the sound bothers me, I will put my Helicores on it. If it needs different strings, but not really a good enough quality sound in general, I will use a used backup set if strings. I really want to use my Helicores in Ada when she needs them. I didn’t buy them, but I want to use them wisely. 😁

Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated. 

Practiced for about an hour this morning. Knee is now sore. Bummer. Getting old! On the other side, that scale is so much better! 😃

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If the electric cello is similar in design to the cecilio, the plastic cup holding the piezo electric pickup can easily be moved.  I play steel opera strings on mine.  Helicore are six times the cost, but would also work well.  I would stay away from anything with a synthetic core.  I also use a plastic tail piece on mine designed for a 3/4 cello that costs about $30.  

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