Greg Jowaisas Posted September 26, 2006 Share Posted September 26, 2006 Perhaps we are talking about model and style rather than actual rosewood. I have been working on the restoration of over a dozen Lachenal anglos and a dozen Lachenal englishes. Here are some observations: Of the four 20b "rosewood" Lachenals with fancy fretwork, all the ends were a solid even grained and closed pore wood similar to a low grade walnut. The finish coat included a grain pattern that was stained/painted on to approximate rosewood. Only inspection of the unfinished interior of the ends or looking closely at places of finger wear revealed the "secret" of the rosewood ends. Lachenal must have had some workers who put on the finish that were very good at graining imitation. I have one 20b dark ended Lachenal with simple fretwork. The ends are solid and the grain is much wilder than mahogany. Might be rosewood, but I'm not convinced. #7924 is a 32b with baby's cry and whistle. The ends are highly figured and solid rosewood. 30b with simple fretwork and beautiful ends which appear to be rosewood but upon close inspection are grained and stained. 30b piccolo with gorgeous rosewood looking ends. Once again the inside grain does not match the outside, which on closer inspection does not appear to be a veneer, but rather an artful graining/staining job. The Lachenal englishes I've restored vary in quality. Some have simple loops for pivots; some have the nicer boxed pivot. A few had solid rosewood ends. Many had the grain and stain finishes of varying quality. Sometimes it was an obvious paint job. Sometimes I could not tell unless I took off the ends. So, that is my experience. I'd love to hear what the people think who have been repairing for tens of years. The Normans and Dippers and Groffs and Leeses have seen dozens, perhaps hundreds of Lachenals of different quality. I think the lesson I have learned is to look two or three times when someone says "rosewood". Regards, Greg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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