German Spruce Violin/Viola/Mandolin Top #31 - AAA Grade

German Spruce (also known as European Spruce) has been favoured as a top material on stringed instruments for centuries. It has become the staple top material for violin-family instruments. It is also a popular choice for mandolins.

The timber has a beautiful creamy white appearance with a tight, straight grain.

Grading is based purely on aesthetic considerations and lower grade tops can make just as good a sounding instrument as the high grades. The higher grades have more even, close grain and an even colour with less streaks

- 2 x wedges to join and carve a top plate/belly for a violin, viola or mandolin
- Straight-grained with nice even colour
- Air dried minimum 5 years
- Individually photographed - the piece in the photo is the one you will receive

2 x Wedges, minimum 430mm x 130mm x 22 tapering to 7mm (Minimum 17" x 5 1/8" x 7/8" tapering to 1/4")
SKU: TI-211-031

Availability: In stock

Product Description
German Spruce has been favoured as a top material on stringed instruments for hundreds of years.

Quality - We have several grades of German Spruce tops available. Regardless of the grade, all the tops we sell are dry and stable, quartersawn and straight-grained, capable of producing a fine instrument.

Look - This timber is white with slight pink to yellow hues. The grain lines are red/brown with the stiffer pieces having more pronounced grain lines (redlines). Higher grade tops have a fine, even and straight grain and are free from the small visual imperfections that may be present in lower grade tops.

Sound - The sound of these tops is second to none - fundamental and clear but also with a beautiful and brilliant tone.

Price - High grade tops are relatively expensive compared to other timbers. Low and mid grade tops are worth considering when sound and price are the most important priorities.

Availability/Renewability - German Spruce isn't strictly only from Germany and is harvested from the mountains of European countries near Germany. High quality pieces are becoming more rare every year as the large trees are logged.
Additional Information
Additional Information
Species German Spruce
Part of Instrument Top/Soundboard
For Instrument Violin/Viola, Mandolin
Country of Manufacture Germany
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