Italian string instrument maker Alter Ego has introduced a tunable tailpiece for the double bass. Rather than tuning the strings themselves, the tailpiece allows for tuning the afterlength portion of each string.
“There are many valid theories on how to tune the afterlength portion of the strings, but we believe there is no ideal formula as many factors may come into play: inherent features of the instrument, sound post set up, strings, bridge, etc.” the company writes. “With this tailpiece it is possible to easily verify all these theories. It is possible to find the best tonal setup for each instrument, whether that is achieved by trial and error, with a ruler, or a bow.”
Each string attaches to a stainless steel clasp that constitutes a node in the vibration. The clasp can then be adjusted via fine tuners to determine the afterlength’s tuning. It’s available now with a direct price of $234.
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