Mopane colophospermum is the answer to the makers of woodwind instruments, who look for a quality and competitive alternative.
Its sonority is nearly perfect and its aesthetic a strong point indeed. Being significantly less prone to cracks and slits, Mopane is a timber of choice for the making of Highland bagpipes, clarinets, bass-clarinets and bassoons, not to mention backs and sides of guitars. Those who will avail themselves of the opportunity to making use of it, earlier, will be, ahead of competition. Three leading clarinet makers have been buying increasing volume of mopane from us, one of them for the past three years.
Mopane wood: Technical features
The wood has a density of 1.3 kg/dm3 // 77 lb per cubic foot, i.e. 96% of the dalbergia melanoxylon, the wood standard for woodwind instruments.
Mopane is significantly easier to work upon.
Heartwood is reddish-brown with very dark streaks. Notable figure is produced by the growth rings.
Mopane wood: Musical performances
Well-known clarinets makers describe its sound performances as early starter and of sweeter tonality, typical to the clarinets made by Schreiber, the German leader in musical instruments.
The tone is as rich as the one of African Blackwood, as powerful, and a little bit warmer. It resembles the tone of Cocus wood that became commercially extinct.
Mopane wood: Botanical name
colophospermum mopane, family Leguminosae / Caesalpinoideae
Mopane wood: Distribution
Malawi , Zambia, Zimbabwe, Northern Province of South Africa. It grows up to 30 meters and 90 cm in diameter in the more humid regions and half of it in dry regions.