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I've got a crazy, profound, completely subjective question for you. What do you guys think produces a better sounding violin, Composite or Wood Tailpieces? Of course the word "better" is up for debate, and I expect that I will get votes for both sides, but I'm curious if anyone has experience with both on one violin maybe, and which sound they liked better.
That being said, I honestly kind of expect that there is a preference. Everyone seems to prefer synthetic strings over steel for example, so why wouldn't people have a preference about the tailpiece? Or does it not make a noticeable difference.
The tailpiece on my violin is a composite, which seems to be pretty standard, but I've seen that some come with the wood tailpieces. So many questions in my head, and only you can answer them.
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I changed my acoustic violin from a carbon fibre tailpiece with built-in fine tuners to an ebony tailpiece with no fine tuners. I feel it def made a difference so far as a slightly stronger tone, more resonance/sustain. I like it better on my acoustic.
On the other hand, the CF tailpiece went on my electric (replacing one that was plastic with add-on fine tuners) and sounds nice and the better quality fine tuners alone made it an upgrade, in my opinion.
As you say, though, "better" is always going to be up for debate, since folks like different sounds and qualities to their sound for playing. But I can definitely say I felt the differences resulting from changing types/materials of tailpieces was pretty easy to hear.
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You say that everyone prefers synthetic over steel strings but it really has to do with the sound you want from the violin. Many fiddlers prefer steel over synthetic to get the sound they want.
With tail pieces it is much the same. What is the composit made of, are there built in tuners and is it adjusted correctly, meaning where it is in relation to the bridge. The next thing is what wood is the tail piece made of and what style is it. Does it have fine tuners and if so what kind. There is no right answer. It all maters on the sound and the look you want from the instrument. I have found some violins sound good with composit where others don't and vis versa.