Enjoying using George’s amazing tail piece on my Vuillaume cello. Power, response and warmth in one tail piece!!! Highly recommended. Amit Peled
I play a George Chanot Cello. At my first two rehearsals for an upcoming performance of the Del Aguila Cello Concerto I ran into some projection/balance challenges. I rushed to install my new ConCarbo French style tail piece, and yesterday at the dress rehearsal it was WOW. Powerful tone, great colors, and super-response. Same hall, same orchestra, same podium, same cello and strings, just the ConCarbo difference. I am excited for the performance today, I’m so much freer to play with the phrasing and colors since I don’t need to work as hard. Compare prices to other carbon fiber tailpieces and the choice is very simple: Get the ConCarbo.
Ovidiu Marinescu, international soloist, Cello Professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania (USA)
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
Clay Ruede blog nycellist.com
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
I own this FABULOUS harp style tailpiece for a couple months now and I can only say that this is the best investment that I could do for my cello especially considering the price. From the first moment my cello sounded better and ever since it is just better and better. When I play in concert halls where I played before, I feel again and again that I have a better cello and I can play easier and still sounding better. It is such a wonderful feeling! My cello has the base that it never had, sparkling tone on the high registers, even pizzicatos sound better!!…. Thank Georg and Internet Cello Society for letting me know about this awesome tailpiece! Link to Facebook
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
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
Before I installed a ConCarbo, I would describe my Guad pattern cello’s sound as woody, thick, and somewhat introverted. After a ConCarbo, the sound is still woody, but it’s now intense, powerful, and even explosive. It doesn’t feel like a brand-new cello, it instead feels like the best possible version of my cello. The build quality on this tailpiece is excellent as well, sturdy design and fine tuners that turn smoothly. I’m looking forward to fitting more of my cellos with a ConCarbo! And I know looks aren’t as important as function, but the tailpiece looks stunning on my cello! Very elegant. 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’ve been playing with the new СonСarbo viola tailpiece for about 12 weeks & I can finally say I give it 10/10 on everything it claimed to improve on my instrument. Not only did it make the instrument sound bigger & clearer, it also improved the string response & allows it to sing with richer overtones & colors. It’s so much easier to get what I want out of my viola. It easily added thousands of dollars in sound to compete alongside solo concert instruments, but also gave me the sensitivity to blend in an ensemble. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to take their instrument’s natural acoustics to the next levels!
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.
I am not a professional cellist but cello is my biggest passion and I play it for 40 years. Although I studied cello and passed exams to become professional.
For many years I am in search of perfect sound and learned to restore instruments as well. This was caused by necessity as I noticed that most of luthiers are more carpenters than musicians and don’t have a clue about difference of parts of cello like strings, bridges, end-pins, pegs, tailpieces, wolf-tone eliminators, rosins etc. Most of professional musicians just believe luthiers without checking what is naive. They think luthiers are nice guys forgetting it’s luthiers’ business… So, I had to experiment and spend a lot of time and money and learn everything by myself in order to double check with statements.
I bought about 3 month ago ConCarbo tailpiece more for curiosity because I thought that my modern cello is already the best sounding. I tried on it ebony, pernambuco, rose-wood, Whittner plastic, “Chinese carbon ” etc. Firstly I planned to buy carbon tailpiece from “famous” US producer but after evaluation of parameters, I decided to stop on ConCarbo. The reason is simple – they both are “young” producers, both make tailpieces themselves by the same technology, weights are similar, quality looks the same. The biggest difference is in marketing. There is no history or heritage for carbon tailpieces to pay extra, American advertising more and charging 10 times more than Mr. Schegolsky. But why I should choose American?
Regarding quality. I was trying to find some imperfections on ConCarbo but you know what? There are none…It is flawless…
Regarding sound. From the first note I felt huge difference. I had ebony which I thought is the best for this cello. But ConCarbo was much better. Cello vibrated more freely, sound is deeper, wider and a bit louder. Wow!!! I used the same settings, rosin, strings, bow. Played in the same room, the same Bach Suite 5. Difference is quite big. The same as jumping from rosewood to pernambuco. My cello never sounded as good as now. Also a wolf-tone is almost gone. It disappears often 100% but it depends on humidity and room temperature.
Conclusion. ConCarbo is the best tailpiece I ever tested. My instrument is sounding as good as it can. Perhaps on some instruments which requires heavy weight tailpiece will not be the best, but for most cellists it will be incredible discovery. Looking forward to properly testing it on my other cellos including electronic Yamaha.
If you would like to know more, ConCarbo has my contacts. You are welcomed to contact me. But I simply recommend to buy it, install and feel the difference…
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
I had learned a long time ago that a lighter tailpiece would help with the sound of the cello. I had done this before back in 2012, when I switched to a tailpiece nearly 1/3 the weight of the old one. As the years went on, and I started to demand more from my instrument (easier response, more depth, more resonance, more overtones, even after changing string brands, bridges, and sound posts), I started thinking about whether I needed a different cello at this point. Then I started learning about carbon fiber tailpieces, and that even with fine tuners, the weight was even lighter than my own current tailpiece. That’s where the name Georg Schegolsky and CONCARBO came up. I had a few colleagues that had his tailpieces and they recommended it, assuring me that what I was looking for could be achieved with this product. And so I ordered his HARP MEDIUM TULIP STYLE, had it installed as soon as it arrived and tried out right in the luthier’s shop. Everyone in the store stopped to hear this amazing sound that was born from just this small change. Easier response, more depth, more resonance, more overtones, everything I asked for happened right away that I was just in disbelief that this was even my own instrument. Absolutely amazing change. I would 100% recommend these tailpieces.
With ConCarbo the instrument sounds better in many ways. The sound is more transparent, more open, more surround, the instrument seems to breathe better . It gives you the flexibility to create different types of sound. Through better resonance you can manipulate with the sound and dynamics more effectively. The instrument responds better to my impulses, which turns me on positively and inspires to greater freedom of performance. I definitely enjoy it.
I have had the harp medium tailpiece on my cello for almost 5 months now, and cannot imagine going back to my previous one. The tailpiece has greatly enhanced the resonance, richness, power, clarity, and tonal palate of the cello. My cello’s low end now has incredible punch and depth! Soon after installing the tailpiece, I recorded some quartet excerpts in a very dry room, and my colleagues were all impressed by how resonant and rich the cello sounded despite having no resonance in the room. I highly recommend these tailpieces to anyone looking to upgrade their instrument’s sound! Thank you, Georg!
I will attempt to describe how much better my cello sounds with the short harp style tailpiece from ConCarbo. I play “Big Red”, an exquisite Montagnana model by a U.S. maker (built 2005).
The core, earthy sound of my beautiful cello is still there, but there are multiple new dimensions to it that make it even deeper, sweeter, darker, brighter and more mellow all at the same time. If there were dozens of beautiful sound colors before, there are hundreds now. It’s as if the entire sound spectrum of my instrument has opened up. I noticed these enhancements immediately after installing the ConCarbo tailpiece. My cello’s true soul is now fully revealed!
That said, this tailpiece will now demand more of me as a player (serious amateur/semi-professional) because of all these new possibilities, but I welcome this as a way to further develop my own skills and technique.
Kudos to Georg and the ConCarbo team for this amazing product for cellists!
I have tried two ConCarbo tail pieces on my two different cellos, one old French cello and one modern cello. The results are fantastic on both instruments. It gives much bigger volume and great overtone. It has transformed the sound for both cellos, it is now much more powerful and it has made it easier to play. It has been a fantastic experiment with amazing results. I will recommend it to my orchestra colleagues and students.
As a musician I always like to discover new things and open my mind to new experiences. I’ve never been obsessed with perfection and l’ve never been a young talent. But Music is a wonderful world in which if you work really hard and with all your personal creativity you can achieve your goals even far from the standard. Few weeks ago I started a collaboration with Concarbo.
Their tailpiece I am using is exactly the result of hard work and use of creativity. It’s so light that you don’t feel it on your cello but at the same time you can feel something important: much more open sound. I mounted on my cello a wonderful Hill model. The tailpiece really changes the sound and also affect your comfort while you’re playing. These carbon fiber tailpieces improve your sound flexibility as well as the response of the instrument.
Best thing: it’s affordable. So I highly recommend it especially to young musician who are not so lucky to have an old instrument or an expensive cello. If you are a professional cellist, an explorer of music or an amateur have a look to Concarbo products! Perfection is not everything but Concarbo tailpiece is good help to walk easily in the right direction.
I installed a ConCarbo tail piece on my modern Italian Constantine Celani cello that had a lot of power already. I’ve owned this cello for 20 years. The difference is something I would not have believed had I not heard it myself. What your tailpiece gave me was clarity of tone and instant response, the notes play effortlessly regardless of how fast I play. The clarity and power is especially noticeable in the lower strings. They are clear and responsive. The D string is clear even in 4th position and the A powerful all the way up the string even in the highest positions. This is the single best improvement I have ever installed on my cello. I will be recommending this to all my students.
Randy Mastin, cello instructor La Crosse Wisconsin
I am amateur Cellist in Japan.
ConCarbo Harp-type Tailpeace my impression.
The volume and sound quality of the four strings are improved. The overtones become stronger and the volume becomes louder. Musical expression becomes easier due to these characteristics. The point that surprised me especially is that it makes it easier to make sounds and the burden on the right hand is greatly reduced. It is comfortable because the bass sound comes out faster. Bass is a thick, deep and strong tone, and treble is a sweet and well-sounding tone. The artistic and beautiful pictures, perfect shapes are also wonderful. I think this tailpiece is the best.
Great response, clearer tones and so much fun playing with this amazing Concarbo tailpiece. What else can you ask for? I totally recommend it!
The tulip style tailpiece in Rosewood finish is a wonderful addition to my mezzo-forte carbon fiber cello. Georg was able to make a 5-string version and it turned out great! It is complementary to my cello both in sound and esthetics.
After watching many convincing videos and reading reviews of the ConCarbo tailpiece, I ordered one for my Degani (Schwarz) violin.
The installation was easy and took less than 20 minutes to change to the ConCarbo. I can say for certain that the volume, resonance and clarity have increased by 20% ( as a conservative estimate, probably closer to 35%). Echoing what others have said, it has been the single biggest improvement in any aspect of hardware or set-up on this instrument. The violin was significantly more responsive and open sounding, so I immediately ordered a tailpiece for my viola. It’s a Paesold viola I’ve had since I was 16 and was already very powerful, cutting and full sounding. The ConCarbo has made an even greater improvement on this instrument. The wooly bow/string noise is now gone, and honestly, the low strings sound like a Cello now, a deeper, resonant and rich tone carries through to the highs, which used to be a bit more rough ( still very powerful ) sounding, but now sound like a beautiful violin. It’s incredible how the tone has balanced out and has such a full rich sound. Of course the best thing about these tailpieces is the accessibility; other carbon tailpieces on the market are priced considerably out of the average musician’s price range. The Concarbo is an excellent product all around; I have been, and will continue to recommend it to all of my friends who play a violin family instrument.
I recently switched to Georg Schegolsky’s ConCarbo tailpiece with tunable afterlengths, because I
had heard good things about it, and because I’m a cellist, composer and improviser always looking
for new ways to express myself through music.
The impact the tailpiece had on the ”ordinary” sound of the cello was drastic: the cello resonates
now more openly, and is quicker to react to different bow techniques. I felt I had found a new cello
in my familiar companion.
The tunable afterlengths give new possibilities for below the bridge playing: being able to tune the
afterlengths in real-time, it’s possible to make glissandi and whatnot, and also when you adjust the
contact point of the roller and the string ”too high”, interesting multiphonics and noises start to
appear. All in all, the tailpiece is perfect for those looking to get more out of their cello, and also to
experiment with new ways of playing the cello.
Having just fitted a Con-Carbo tailpiece, I am very pleased with the results. Keeping the original 6:1 afterlength, the first differences I noted were the immediate increase in overall sound – a bit like one had previously been using a mute permanently. Vibrations from the instrument to my legs and chest are now substantial and the wolf ( F# on G) seems to have almost vanished! Fitting of the tailpiece doesn’t seem to have changed particular notes or strings and is a smooth overall effect. Winter here in southern Australia without heating usually makes playing quite a challenge, with much effort needed to produce an acceptable sound. The sound can be produced now with much less “effort”. One reads the experiences of others with various other accessories, ( which I always take with a grain of salt,) but I have to say, the results achieved with this tailpiece surprised me – in the best possible way. Congratulations!
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.
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!
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
The ConCarbo tailpiece is the best value improvement to your cello’s tone. My tone is louder and more focused. Keep in mind that steel screw-on fine tuners negate the bonuses of this airweight tailpiece, but ConCarbo sells lightweight tuners, too.
The ConCarbo is just what I had hoped. Installed with a rather new set of strings, response improved immediately over the previous light (<50grams) boxwood tailpiece. The sound of the lowest octave is fuller with astounding depth. Overall there’s more resonance with nice roundness and nothing harsh.
I used to fit my 1729 Montagnana copy with Akusticus composite tailpiece, the sound quite good and stable in general, having said that I was bogged down at times by the wolves and weakened sound of the C string in the upper positions. After running some research I’ve decided to try out Georg’s Concarbo medium harp model given its super light weight, stiffness and the choice of material as pure carbon fiber which is a great conductor of sound. Fitted with the new tailpiece for over two months, I found that my cello has become more “alive” and vibrant, the wolf tones on the C are gone without sacrificing the resonance of the D and A. I also notice a rich layer of overtones – thanks to the entended afterlength of the lower strings. The stylist look of the black glossy harp tailpiece, to my surprise, goes very well with my orange cello. I would recommend Concarbo’s harp tailpiece to any cello players who wish to get the best sound (and probably the look) out of their beloved cello!
I have installed my tailpiece. I love it! The main differences I noticed were how much it opened my sound and how it made it easier for lower register notes to speak. Overall, I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new tailpiece!