The Pear shape is similar to the basic teardrop, but is a little shorter and more round. This shape is designed to be held without the use of the ring finger and gives the conductor a wider range of motion in the fingertip gestures. An average Pear shape is 2 inches long and.9 inches at its widest diameter. Due to its smaller size, this handle works best with a light weight graphite or wood shaft, or with a fiberglass shaft 14 inches or shorter.
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Another South American hardwood, Bloodwood is deep red with tight, straight grain. This wood is very durable and a bit on the heavy side. It finishes very smooth and tends to darken with age.