African Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) and Mopane (colophospermum) are the standards and quality benchmarks, because of their high density and absence of porosity. The use of porous timbers in the making of woodwinds, for example ebony (diospyros spp.) will result in critically flowed instruments, indeed the human saliva is acid and all the parts of instruments exposed to it, will crack!
In selecting the best timber species, we consider in first place the prevailing standard of quality and possible substitutes, according to their aesthetic, sound properties, stability and workability.
- The aesthetic of the wood is a strong point. Heartwood is reddish-brown with very dark streaks. Notable figure is produced by the growth rings.
- The sound quality is nearly perfect. It is described by the makers of quality clarinets as an early starter, with a slightly sweeter tone, that some find typical of the clarinets made by Schreiber, the German leader in musical instruments.. This wood has a density of 1.3 kg/dm3// 77 lb per cubic foot, about 96% of the dalbergia melanoxylon, the very standard for woodwind instruments.
- Mopane is significantly less prone to cracks and slits than other woods of high density! - being thefore significantly easier to work on.
Its tone is as rich and powerful, as African Blackwood, and a little bit warmer. It resembles the tone of the old Cocus wood that became commercially extinct.
Our prices depend on the number of parts and make up of the order, for we always factor in the recovery percentage that can be achieved. As a result, we are the most competitive, when small, medium and large blanks, are ordered simultaneously. Please, keep this in mind, when placing your order with us.
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