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|The tailpiece is an important piece of the mandolin, fixed to the tail-block inside the instrument, it allows the secure attachment of strings. There are various types and methods of doing this, initially with pegs, and later with a single detachable piece, either with or without a built-in sleeve guard, and using either posts or pegs to retain the strings.|
early 4 post tail
seen on earlier instruments, these tend to be rather large, and are set directly into the tail-block. This is often accompanied by a bone strip in the edging to stop the strings cutting into the tail.
Italian-style 4-post tail
a visible development from the previous, the 4 posts are now on 1 plate which is screwed to the tail, usually without any sleeve-guard.
Calace style tail
a development by Calace from the 4 post tail, the 8 post is usually seen with a wooden arm-guard across the tail of the instrument. Suzuki tails are the same, inspired by Calace's visit to Japan.
German sleeve-guard tail
by contrast the German tail usually has a built-in sleeve guard and hooks to take the strings rather than posts. It may also have a strap post or hook.
|new tailpieces available||tailpiece repair (not yet available)|
|There are quite a few variations on these basic themes....|
|Ornate Italian-style in aluminium||Brass Italian-style||8 post Italian-style|
|modern tail with cover||...and open.||hinged cover/integral strap post||...and open.|
|12 string tail with sleeve-guard.||hinged cover on a US Washburn.||9 string versions exist for the waldzither.|