The Wittner tailpiece for violin serves as a reference in Europe and can be found on a lot of instruments. Indeed it offers many advantages: with integrated fine tuners on every string, it allows a simple and precise tuning, and is also a good balance between weight and fittings.
Characteristics of the Wittner violin tailpiece
Far from the low-quality plastic, the “high-tech” composite material of this tailpiece makes it greatly durable. Moreover, with the hanger and the four adjusters, this tailpiece is only 22g – when its metal counterpart weighs 26g, and a wooden one 35g.
With a few tips, you will be able to install this tailpiece quite easily. However, if you ask a violin-maker to do it for you, you will be sure to have your tailpiece correctly fitted and adjusted.
Match the tailpiece to your violin
The black version of this tailpiece will match the ebony of most violin’s fittings. However there is also a rosewood-coloured model. Very similar to the actual wood, it will match pegs and chinrests of the same tonewood. Make your choice!
What your violin maker thinks about the Wittner violin tailpiece
It is a very good product that can be found on a lot of practice violins, but also amateurs’ instruments or even sometimes that of professionals. The most picky musicians will argue that a wooden tailpiece with only one adjuster is always better – but for anybody else the Wittner tailpiece is just what you need.
If you have a practice instrument with four steel adjusters or one of these awful boxwood forgeries from Asia, don’t even hesitate and go for a Wittner model instead. Not only will tuning your violin be easier, but the sound of your instrument will most likely be of a better quality, and the table free from harm.