View Full Version : Post A Picture of Your Tailpiece

Nathan Sanders
Dec-15-2005, 11:19am
We've seen pictures of scrolls and various kinds of mandolins, but I do not remember seeing a thread for pictures of tailpieces. Plus, I just wanted to show off my Bill James tailpiece. So here we go....

Nathan Sanders
Dec-15-2005, 11:20am
Here's another shot of the Bill James tailpiece.

Dec-15-2005, 11:23am
you can see mine at this link- a keith newell-really beautiful (though i wish i had asked for one with that kind of burnished look for the sun!)

Dec-15-2005, 11:27am
I had this bit of period steel engraved and replated for my 1908 Martin:

Dec-15-2005, 11:53am
Yes, those James tailpieces are DA BOMB!

I'm also a big fan of one piece tailpieces a I think they tend to have less rattle. #Here's a nice one that is on my Fletcher Brock although I'm not exactly sure what kind it is...

Nathan Sanders
Dec-15-2005, 12:00pm
Mandopete, that looks like a Weber tailpiece.
Weber Tailpiece (http://www.soundtoearth.com/prod_tailpieces.htm)

And Eugene, nice looking vintage tailpiece!

Doug Edwards
Dec-15-2005, 12:17pm
Those James TP's are really special.

Here's my engraved Allen tail piece.

Dec-15-2005, 12:21pm
I've always thought mandolins are much too curvy to have a square tailpiece, despite years of tradition. So here's mine.

Jim Garber
Dec-15-2005, 1:08pm
After a long search, I finally got hold of this tailpiece for my Luigi Ricca bowlback (1890s).


Jim Garber
Dec-15-2005, 1:12pm
This from my 1902 Martin style 6 (with the original ivory bridge).


Jim Garber
Dec-15-2005, 1:16pm
From a Lyon & Healy A.


Jim Garber
Dec-15-2005, 1:18pm
From 1921 Bacon Artist mandolin.


Dec-15-2005, 1:37pm
Thanks for those, Jim. I've always like those Lyon and Healy tailpiece covers, but I've never seen the one from the Bacon Artist. I like that one too.

Nathan Sanders
Dec-15-2005, 2:06pm
Wow! This is good stuff. Thanks!

Dec-15-2005, 2:20pm
I like that James tailpiece. Cool engraving!!

Lane Pryce
Dec-15-2005, 2:54pm
John nice tailpiece. Lp

Mark Walker
Dec-15-2005, 7:16pm
I've posted this elsewhere on this site, (and it's not the best quality digital image) but here she is again - the custom-designed (by Ken Ratcliff) cast tailpiece on my Silver Angel mandolin. #(There sure are some beautiful ones on this thread!)

Dec-15-2005, 8:31pm
Collings MF5 Deluxe . . .

Dec-15-2005, 8:45pm

This weekend's learning experience http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Macassar to match the fretboard and binding.

Larry S Sherman
Dec-15-2005, 8:59pm
Nothing real fancy...but it does the job on my Terris. Someday I'm going to change it for a Bill James.



Jim Hilburn
Dec-15-2005, 11:22pm
This mandolin went to Egypt, so i did something for the occasion.

Dec-15-2005, 11:26pm
Here's old-school in the extreme. These are the four ivory hitch pins set into the tail block of my anonymous French mandolin, ca. 1835:

Bill James
Dec-16-2005, 8:36am
I love this engraving. Eldon Lister is the artist.

Bill James
Dec-16-2005, 8:39am
Here is some nice hand engraving done by Tom McArdle.

Mark Walker
Dec-16-2005, 9:09am
Wow Jim - Is that an ebony cover with an abalone inlay? WAY COOL! (We've got MAS, and CAS... are we now migrating to TAS - Tailpiece Acquisition Syndrome?) Too many beautiful examples on this thread! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Dec-16-2005, 10:05am
Here is the armrest/tail piece on my Weber Aspen #2

Jim Garber
Dec-16-2005, 10:17am
Where are the Brian Dean owners (or Brian himself) with his rather graceful Job's Tears tailpiece? In fact I looked on his site and see no mention of it any more.



Dec-16-2005, 11:07am
My understanding is that the jeweller who was making these for Brian has retired and so the tp's are in limited supply until Brian works out an arrangement with someone else.

Dec-16-2005, 11:46am
John I agree with the curvy idea, and I think your tail piece has great style.

Dec-16-2005, 11:46am
Here's an engraved one.

Dec-17-2005, 4:15pm
All wonderful! Thanks. The Lyon & Healy tailpiece reminds me of the metal inlay on the banjo photo I posted today. I wonder if it might be a Lyon & Healy banjo? http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....t=30398 (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=30398)

french guy
Dec-25-2005, 4:20pm
The last I've built
brass and wood

Dec-29-2005, 10:47pm
Black Price tailpiece on my Givens A5.5

Dec-30-2005, 9:02am
The last I've built
brass and wood
Nice work, Jean! Could you post a pic "in situ" ?
Here is one of the very first James tailpiece, received exactly a year ago... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Dec-30-2005, 9:08am
Tres chic!

Dec-30-2005, 12:06pm
emoticon error! You should have seen:
Here is the pic of one of the very first James tailpiece, received exactly a year ago... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
Thanks, Alan...

Dec-30-2005, 7:35pm
Holst C-5 with Ebony tail piece.


Larry S Sherman
Dec-30-2005, 9:41pm
Holst C-5 with Ebony tail piece.

Ummmm...gorgeous! Droooool... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Dan Adams
Dec-31-2005, 9:30am
The custom tailpiece on the Fisch. Dan

Jan-29-2006, 7:46pm
I made this one for a 4-string. It's based on what they used to use for viola da gamba.

Jan-29-2006, 7:49pm
Here's a side view. The hanger is just a piece of mahogany glued onto the bottom side. If i could do it again I'd make it integral with the tailblock for added strenght and so it could be closer to the top.

Mar-02-2006, 5:58pm
Here is my new tailpeice cover a buddy made for me.
It's indian rosewood.

J. Mark Lane
Mar-03-2006, 5:32am
I agree with John Hamlett.

Don Grieser
Mar-07-2006, 3:14pm
What? No Pomeroys? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Rob Grant
Mar-13-2006, 7:46am
Here's one I fabricate from sheet brass (cover) and stainless steel. The hooks are stainless TIG wire. I silver braze the whole thing with 45%(silver)rod.

Mar-13-2006, 10:37pm
Leon, do you actually take that Holst C-5 out of the house? Oh, that reminds me of a Ferrari . . .

Mar-13-2006, 11:05pm
Well.... someone's gotta post a Gibson....

Sep-27-2007, 10:08am

Sep-27-2007, 11:21am
I took this pic the other day while setting up my mandolin. It shows the underside of my TP and bridge. Feeling a little inferior, next to all this beautiful engraving, metalwork and ivory, but here goes:


Sep-27-2007, 2:26pm
Hey F5dude- I thought for sure when you cracked the James opened, that an actual flame might shoot out, kind of like having a built in lighter I'm in the process of designing a tailpiece that has a built in bottle opener on it. Should come in REAL handy!! -geoff:p

Don Grieser
Sep-27-2007, 2:49pm
Bussman Old Wave A oval octave tailpiece, ebony over metal.

Brian Baker
Sep-27-2007, 9:08pm
2002 Gibson Steffey model...

Oct-01-2007, 10:22am
May 2000 style 5

Bill Snyder
Oct-01-2007, 4:53pm
Did that tailpiece catch a slug?

Troy Harris
Oct-01-2007, 5:10pm
Left to right: Traditional style and James tailpiece.

I used this design style for a few years, but I have since gone back to traditional style 5 ornamentation.

Bing Cullen
Oct-04-2007, 1:34am
I like that Collings TP. Here's one on the first mando I did ca 1970. Brass fleur de lis..ish

james condino
Oct-04-2007, 10:30am
Here is one of my modified Randy Allen tailpieces for a ten string mandola. All of the black is approx .060" African blackwood along with the insert.


james condino
Oct-04-2007, 10:38am
Here are a couple of more variations on the theme.


james condino
Oct-04-2007, 10:41am
A Monteleone style veneered with .050" African blackwood. All of thoe curves were a LOT of work to bend!


james condino
Oct-04-2007, 10:46am
One more in striped ebony. You can see how I regularly open the string holes so that you can remove the string withut crimping the loop end.


Bing Cullen
Oct-04-2007, 6:44pm
WindsorPyxe ca 1900's

Bing Cullen
Oct-04-2007, 6:50pm
One more in striped ebony. You can see how I regularly open the string holes so that you can remove the string withut crimping the loop end.

Not sure what you mean by that, but what's this crossing the strings business?

Bing Cullen
Oct-04-2007, 6:52pm
2002 Gibson Steffey model...
Ok I've got to ask the question...why doesn't Adam Steffey play a Gibson..Adam Steffey model

Oct-04-2007, 7:46pm
Here is my personalized Bill James:

Oct-04-2007, 8:54pm
Cool thread.

Here's a pic of the Allen Tailpiece custom etched by Lawrence Smart on my Smart #124 (which I'll be playing this Saturday at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in GG Park)...



Oct-04-2007, 8:55pm
And another...

Oct-04-2007, 9:02pm
here's my 1909 F4 (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/9100) tailpiece:


Gail Hester
Oct-04-2007, 10:32pm
Wow Dan, that is breathtaking.

Here are a couple designs and James tailpieces. The middle one is Silver, hand engraved.

Oct-05-2007, 12:05am
Chasing Boredom...

Some spare ebony.

Oct-05-2007, 1:27am
Poe #5

Oct-05-2007, 10:53pm
Here's mine on #4. Orrico tailpiece, I love it.