The ConCarbo tailpiece for the cello improved the resonance of my instrument, the sound became stronger and more open. I feel more freedom in the sound, the less weight is on the instrument deck, so the instrument can give more powerful sound. I recommend to those who want to increase the sound power of the instrument and make it more vivid. Link to facebook
Last two months I have enjoyed testing innovative violin carbon tailpiece by ConCarbo. As a performer of contemporary music I’m very interested in the idea of new timbres searching, so I started to master it with great enthusiasm. Usually I use an ebony tailpiece with lightweight fine tuners. The new tailpiece really impressed me by the difference in weight – it is much lighter and, on my mind, it should be very comfortable for violinists who limit themselves in using of all 4 fine tuners, because of fear of overloading the upper deck. Also, the fine tuners on this tailpiece have wide amplitude and sensitivity of rotation and it still looks very miniature and nice in touch:). This tailpiece makes the sound louder, especially on the “a” and “e” strings. It seems to be really useful upgrade for owners of chamber, kinda “closed sound” instruments. After playing with the carbon tailpiece there is a feeling of soft reverb, which impressed me very much. General resonance increase also could show you defects of the strings or your instrument because of lightweight, if it has some. For example, wolf tones are more heard, etc. But if you know the problem, you can fix it and won’t have any worries about suddenness on stage while the performing. Also, I got feeling that with the carbon tailpiece the harmonics are brighter and louder. It really helps to play, especially in double flageolets technique. Of course, the main criterion for me was the violin sound, but I’d like to add that carbon tailpiece looks very modern and stylish:) I’m very thankful to its author and I wish him lots of inspiration for the innovations in string sound world!
I love the ConCarbo tailpiece I’ve received a few month ago. Great communication with Georg, the workmanship of the cello tailpiece I tried is fantastic. Amazing value for the money. This is by far the best tailpiece in this price range, period. Link to Facebook
After installing the ConCarbo tailpiece on my cello I could notice a tremendous improvement on response, sound quality, harmonic production, playability and projection. I have been recommending this tailpiece to my colleagues. It is a rare example of affordability and quality together. Link to Facebook
My impressions after recording a demonstration of the ConCarbo cello tailpiece by Georg Schegolsky.
In making a direct comparison between a standard, widely used composite cello tailpiece by Wittner and the new ConCarbo, I set about to first make such a comparison as directly as possible. The control of parameters of the setup of the instrument and of the recording and performances was done carefully to limit any influence on the outcome. Both tailpieces were carefully installed with precisely the same string length to string afterlength ratio as is commonly accepted by the luthier community of 6:1, and the tailguts were of the same Dupont Kevlar material. The same strings, cello, bow, etc. were used in both setups with no alteration of the soundpost or bridge placements. The same microphones, microphone placement, location of the cello and other objects in the recording environment, microphone preamp, DAC, and signal chain were employed for both recordings. Both performances were intended to be as consistent as possible regarding tempo, dynamics, and interpretive detail so as to limit the impact of those variables on the listener.
My observations as a player, and as a listener to the resulting recording are that the ConCarbo carbon fiber tailpiece provides a clear improvement in the performance of the cello in every respect. The response to the bow is greatly enhanced, as is the clarity and focus of pitches played, particularly in the higher registers on all four strings. There is a greater energy in the fundamental pitch of every note in all registers as well as an enhanced response in the ringing of overtones. The increase in the fundamental frequency seems to increase the power and volume in the lower register most especially, but it is my impression that this quality is also responsible for the enhanced clarity of pitch in the upper registers, as well. Ultimately, these characteristics make the cello more clear, focused, and projected in all dynamics, from the softest to the loudest. The difference is stunning and unmistakable.
Other observations I can share are that there is a significant physical difference between the ConCarbo and all of the commonly used tailpieces with which most cellists are familiar, be they wood, plastic, composite, or metal. The most obvious is weight. The Wittner weighs @67 grams, and the ConCarbo (without tuners) weighs 24.8 grams. Many wood and metal models are much heavier. The ConCarbo is very thin and rigid, and when struck, it rings very much like a bell. The Wittner makes a rather dull sound when struck and is much more dense.
The development of such refined carbon fiber products signals a welcome new avenue for string players to enhance their instruments’ response and utility, and thereby opens new doors to human expression through music. Link to Facebook
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I tried my first ConCarbo Cello Tailpiece with tuners on my 100 plus year old cello from Italy (Miss-labeled but quite a nice players instrument). The first thing I noticed is that the open strings ring much longer than the quality plastic tailpiece I had on before. The string tension and bow draw contact seems more relaxed and expanded, allowing a level of sensitivity to be the main focus of playing. The repair shop who installed the tailpiece were impressed by both the lightness and beauty of the ConCarbo unit. The antique wood and varnish match well with this new technology both in sound and vision. The price is quite reasonable. Congratulations on a great product!
Having been playing the cello as a serious amateur for 45 years, I was interested to read the very positive reactions of cellists, whose opinions I respected, to the ConCarbo tailpiece. I put one on my cello, replacing an ebony wood tailpiece, and immediately noticed increased resonance to the sound. The sound is more open and clear, and there is an increase in ease of playing. The difference is more than subtle – really quite significant. Mr. Shegolskiy deserves credit and much gratitude for designing and making a product that provides such benefits to cellists, as well as to other string players.
My French-style ConCarbo tailpiece with fine tuners arrived (9 days from Georg’s posting to delivery in Honolulu). I installed it, tying the Kevlar tailgut to achieve a 1:6 ratio of afterlength to string length. The fine tuners are super light (like a couple of corn flakes). The string must be threaded through a hole in the adjuster and slot in the tailpiece, so string removal is required. The slot was quite snug on my C string (Magnacore Arioso). There was a small bump on the string which snagged in the slot so I carelessly shredded the silk windings a bit. During the installation my bridge feet and soundpost did not move.
I’ve been very pleased with the new setup compared with my previous one with an Akusticus tailpiece and stock wire tailcord. I find greater clarity and responsiveness on all strings, extending all the way up the fingerboard. My cello not only sounds better but seems a lot easier to play.
A week ago I bought for my cello a ConCarbo tailpiece. After it was installed I immediately noticed a very big difference in the response of my instrument as well as the sound. It feels like my instrument is more free now. I was using a light plastic tailpiece before that and the carbon fiber one turned out to be more than two times lighter. Not to mention the very reasonable prices and the kind and helpful attitude by the staff. I am very satisfied with it and I am giving a full 5 stars review! Link to Facebook
WOW! Just WOW! I have a very nice cello with a sweet tone, but in the past, it has lacked a full resonance in the G and C strings. Indeed, the two lower strings seemed a bit stuffy, despite being Larsen Strong strings. Enter Georg and his remarkable Carbon Fiber Harp tailpiece—and WOW! Not only do the G and C strings speak as fully as the A and D strings, but all four strings display an evened out fullness, richness, power, and projection that I never dreamed possible from this cello! It has also almost completely eliminated the wolf tones. Georg, you’re a genius! And your harp carbon fiber cello tailpiece is far and away the best musical investment I’ve made in years! I can’t thank you enough! Link to Facebook
I’m always looking for ways to improve the sound of my cello and the Concarbo tailpiece makes that. It’s very stylish and light weight and it has an amazing sound conductivity that gives the cello more resonance and power. The sound gets a real improvement and more vivid pitch. Even when playing pizzicato you can feel the instrument vibrating differently from when it had a conventional tailpiece.
The price / quality of this product is beyond anything in the market right now,so you don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars in order to get a product like this. I’m very glad I found it. Congratulations Georg! Link to Facebook
I purchased a ConCarbo tail piece with adjusters and have been enjoying the more responsive and sympathetic feel of my fine cello. The tone was always well matched across the strings but I find it now to be more sonorous and highly recommend. Also customer service is first class. I look forward to replacing one on another cello soon. Link o Facebook
I have tried so many accessories in my life that I cannot count. A colleague asked me the other day “have you experimented with endpins?”, to which I humorously responded “oh… thousands…”. That being said, I have done the same with tailpieces, and the best one by far that I have ever come across is the ConCarbo by Georg Schegolsky. If I were to describe the difference in sound, it would be as if I had put on a brand new, SUPER expensive set of strings, except this change will be permanent, not a 6-month one. The more important difference that Mr. Schegolsky’s Tailpiece has made, is my wonderful “Vuillaume School” cello’s playability. I can get right up to my bridge with very little effort, my bow changes are almost completely hidden, my right hand and arm can relax more, and, much to the chagrin of my Orchestral colleagues in the KZN-Philharmonic: I can play such incredibly LONG bows. An incredibly important thing that I would like to point out is that although the Tailpiece has assisted greatly in solo recitals and chamber music, it has made ORCHESTRAL playing easier. I can get more sound, with less pressure, less speed, and again, the instrument’s ability to change colours is very easy. Orchestra players, all around the world, at some point feel the strains of the profession, especially with 3 hour long rehearsals where one has to start and stop, start and stop. This Tailpiece has made a significant difference in the way I produce sound and therefore my back muscles, hands and triceps are going to have a much longer life, which of course, is what we all want in this profession. I would recommend this product to all cellists, ESPECIALLY for the price! Link to Facebook
I got my new tailpiece and had it set up by my luthier. I’m thrilled with the sound! My cello is much more resonant, speaks more easily, and I’m able to produce a larger palette of color. I’m very pleased, as is my luthier. Link to Facebook
As a long time professional cellist, I wholeheartedly endorse the ConCarbo tailpiece. I’ve experienced an immediate and dramatic increase in clarity, response and volume, and I’ve put aside my wolf eliminator, the always problematic wolf is gone. My luthier, (who was impressed with the quality and construction of ConCarbo), listening said it was an immediate 50% improvement in tone and focus. And frankly I’m just having more fun playing than ever. Ordering and shipping from Ukraine was painless and surprisingly fast. Thanks Georg! Link to Facebook
I am using the medium harp tailpiece since one week.
It clearly is better than my former Frirsz one.
Response and sound of my Gustave Bernardel has increased a lot and it is a joy to play now.
Thanks to Georg to make it possible to get this experience for a fair price.
My standpartner Lutz Wagner also is using a tailpiece from you since a week, but a normal one.
And he also is happy with it because of the same reasons I told earlier.
Thank you and all the best from us members of the Münster Symphony Cello section.