Here is my first attempt at a floating tailpiece. It is from a piece of curly maple and I hope to use it on top of a red top mandolin I'm building. The plan right now is to try and attach it to the end pin like a violin tailpiece. I have a piece of brass rod on order that I'm hoping to use as the string posts. Any ideas on where to go from here would be greatly appreciated. I've noticed on Monteleone's floating tailpieces that he uses a piece of hardware to go around the endpin. I wonder if this is for decoration or if it serves a purpose? I will probably include an ebony saddle on the end of the mandolin, just like on a violin.
The last picture in the series is the tailpiece just sitting on top of my mando. The tailpiece isn't anywhere near being ready to mount.