ABS-Carbon, the new composite material in our revolutionary Millennium III Action, combines the long-term stability of ABS Styran (a composite used in Kawai actions for over 40 years) with the extraordinary strength of carbon fiber. ABS-Carbon produces more dynamic power, greater durability, improved control and unparalleled speed to enhance the playing experience.
Carbon fiber has been called the lightest, strongest material on earth. In Kawai pianos, it allows a lighter design that helps to make our Millennium III Action tremendously fast and effortless to play while sustaining exceptional tone. The rigid character of ABS-Carbon also offers pianists more power with less effort. Its resistance to shrinking and swelling helps to provide these benefits consistently over many years – something conventional wood components are unable to deliver.
While certainly ideal for the sound-producing elements of a piano, wood is less suitable for the many mechanical components in a piano action. Wood is susceptible to breakage from continual stress and can shrink and swell dramatically with changes in climate. This inherent inconsistency of wood parts can impair a piano’s tone and touch—and lead to costly repairs and maintenance.
Carbon fiber technology is relatively new to the piano, but is already being utilized in many other industries to replace wood and other weaker, heavier materials. Here are a few of the current uses of carbon fiber:
The Boeing 777 uses carbon fiber in its construction to fly faster than the competition with lower fuel costs. Similarly, carbon fiber makes up over half the material used for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus 380 to provide increased strength and speed.
The strength, weight and lower density of carbon fiber allows golf club designers to create lighter clubs that result in a faster swing and longer shots. Makers of boats, kayaks and canoes have also moved beyond wood and fiberglass in favor of carbon fiber’s superior strength and stability.
Formula One and other leading racing cars are made faster and safer thanks to the strength and lightweight character of carbon fiber composite parts.
The 1.6 mile-long West Gate Bridge of Melbourne, Australia and its supports are reinforced by carbon fiber because of the material’s stiffness and ability to endure stress.
More top riders are competing in the Tour de France with carbon fiber bikes than ever before. With more strength and durability, carbon fiber has even found its way into the soles of some high-end cycling shoes.
Many manufacturers of string bows for violins and cellos are using carbon fiber due to its lightweight speed and resistance to breakage. Carbon fiber technology is now used in the crafting of violins, guitars and mandolins.
Please contact us on 9550 9825 to find out more benefits of the ABS Carbon Fiber technology.
Reference: Kawai | The Future Of The Piano