Like all suppliers that intend operating legally CITES listing of Dalbergia melanoxylon in annex 2 shall limit our availability of the species!
In this context we are encouraging our customers to evaluate the introduction of Mopane as the alternative specie of choice because it is the right thing to do technically and also for the protection of the flora.
Comments from existing customers: when turning mopane craftsmen notice that very few or no flaws are produced, the wood remains very stable, the stability is actually better than the African Blackwood. The sound quality is warm, rich and round with an exceptional balance between the treble and the bass. The mopane instrument not only offers a greater variety of sounds, but also looks stunning!
We offer two further options to the instrument makers, Pink ivory and Black chacate both species are technically compatible with woodwind indeed they offer a density in excess or equal to1.0, low porosity and are uniquely beautiful!
As far as African Blackwood is concerned, we provide to our customers the CITES compliance certificate of the country of origin of the wood and DAFF (South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) certification of our exports.
ProSono has always complied with the legislation of the country where we operate. Since the listing of the African Blackwood in CITES 2 we have obtained legalisation of our existing stock of seasoned musical and turnery parts.
|WIND INSTRUMENTS & RELATED COMPONENTS & ACCESSORIES||HARWOODS USED
Mopane = colophospermum
|Standard sizes in mm
Section of the blanks is indicated first, length second.
|Clarinet sets||Bells of Black chacate/ Mopane / Pink ivory / African Blackwood||Bells : 85/85×45/45×125
Lower joints : 36x36x320
Upper joints: 36x36x245
Barrels : 51x51x80
|Bass and alto Clarinets||Blanks of Mopane / Pink ivory / Black chacate|| 47x47x760
|Oboes||Sets of Mopane||Bells : 65x65x150 60x60x140
Joints : 38x38x285
|English horns||Sets of Mopane||Bells : 75x75x140
Joints : 40x40x400
|Flutes and Piccolos||Blanks of ABW / Mopane / Pink ivory / Black chacate|| 33x33x380