Mopane - Prosono international



Mopane has been known for decades has the ideal wood for flutes. The flute makers identified its tone has like the coccus wood that became extinct years ago.

Our research and customer feedback have identified a much broader application for mopane, not only as the ideal wood for flute makers but as the answer to the makers of woodwind instruments, who look for a solution for selling across borders and for their customers concerned about crossing borders with instruments made of wood like African Blackwood (Grenadilla) and Cocobolo that have been listed as endangered species on CITES.

Its sonority is perfect and its aesthetic a strong point indeed. Being significantly less prone to cracks and slits, Mopane is the hardwood of choice for the making of flutes, clarinets, oboes, bass-clarinets and bagpipes, not to mention backs and sides of guitars.

Those who availed themselves of the opportunity to making use of it are ahead of competition.

Four leading clarinet makers and three oboe makers have been buying increasing volume of mopane sets one of them for the past five years!

Review: mopane the ideal wood for flutes :

Mopane: Technical features

  • The wood has a density of 1.3 kg/dm3 / 77 lb per cubic foot, i.e. 96% of the Dalbergia melanoxylon.
  • Little if any porosity.
  • Comments from existing customers: when turning mopane craftsmen notice that very few or no flaws are produced, the wood remains very stable therefore mopane is significantly easier to work upon than the African Blackwood.
  • Heartwood is reddish-brown with very dark streaks. Notable figure is produced by the growth rings.

Mopane: 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 Coccus wood that became commercially extinct.

Products, wood for woodwind

The parts we endeavour to keep in stock

For woodwinds
Clarinet sets Bells
85/85 x 45/45 x 130 Lower joint
36 x 36 x 320 or 36 x 36 x 285
Upper joint 
36 x 36 x 245 or 36 x 36 x 230
51 x 51 x 80 or 47 x 47 x 80 or still 40 x 40 x 80
Bass Clarinets 47 x 47 x 760 and 47 x 47 x 460 or

47 x 47 x 700 and 47x 47 x 550

Alto Clarinets 40 x 40 x 410
Oboes Bells
65 x 65 x 150 or 60 X 60 x 140
40 x 40 x 285 or 36 x 36 x 270 or still 32 x 32 x 265
English horns Bells
70 x 70 x 140
40 x 40 x 400
Flutes 33 x 33 x 380 or 33 x 33 x 330 or still 33 x 33 x 265

30 x 30 x 510 or 30 x 30 x 410 or still 30 x 30 x 325 and 30 x 30 x 300

28 x 28 x 400 or 28 x 28 x 285 or still 28 x 28 x 270

Piccolo 28 x 28 x 250 + 30 x 30 x 150
Highland bagpipes (HBPs) 14 blanks of 11 different sizes, representing a total of 6.555 dm3

1 X 54 x 54 x 305 + 2 X 51 x 51 x 205 + 1 X 40 x 40 x 385 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 310 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 195 + 2 X 47 x 47 x 160 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 125 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 115 + 1 X 40 x 40 x 310 + 2 X 40 x 40 x 245 + 1 X 40 x 40 x 220

For the Uilleann pipes (Irish pipes) , English pipes, Gaitas (Spanish pipe), Bombarde (French pipe), the section on Folkloric instruments provides the exact dimensions.
For stringed instruments
Jumbo Back: 2 X 560 x 210 x 5 + Sides: 2 X 830 x 130 x 4
Classic Back: 2 X 530 x 190 x 5 + Sides: 2 X 760 x 110 x 4
Modern Back: 4 X 530 x 95 x 5 + Sides: 2 X 760 x 110 x 4

ProSono has implemented a very tight quality process that starts in the forestry operation and not at the entrance of our saw mill. Our presence on the spot and the continuous supervision by knowledgeable, trained and motivated personnel is the only way to achieve consistency of results in African field conditions.

In the factory, the operation is planned and checked up for best results and quality. All the parts are checked at the time of storage and again at the time of packing.

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.

Botanical name Colophospermum mopane
Family Fabaceae
Local name Mopanie
English name Mopane
Distribution Northern Province of South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The tree It grows up-to 30 meters and 90 cm in diameter in the more humid regions and about half in dry regions.
The wood The heartwood is brown to reddish, the thin sapwood yellow to light brown. The wood is very hard and heavy, termite resistant. Air dry density 1.3 t / m3 (77 lb. / cu. ft.)
Seasoning Drying slowly, it doesn’t split or slit easily, the light oily content of the wood might explain this worthwhile feature.
Workability It works well with the appropriate tools. It glues well.
Use For high quality furniture and inlays in light coloured wood. It has been used for many years for flutes, piccolos and other traditional instruments. The tone is as rich as African Blackwood, as powerful, but a little bit warmer. It resembles the tone of the Coccus wood, which became commercially extinct. Its high density and good workability make it an attractive alternative to Blackwood, especially in very dry and humid countries, where Blackwood has tendency to slit.