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01-11-2013 09:23 AM
LeMerovingian
Re: Carbon fiber

Cool CF things apart from music instruments...........,

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http://www.carbonfibergear.com/


Hah My just read my re-posting my English teacher from the third grade would be proud.
01-11-2013 09:14 AM
blutoyz
Re: Carbon fiber

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Originally Posted by LeMerovingian View Post
With those first couple of line not sure if being sarcastic? You can check the sound in the videos on the first page. They have a new age sound, steely tone also not sure how to describe but they're expensive......,
No sarcasm here. I was just curious what the tone was like (live not recorded) but their use was well explained in another post and it makes perfect sense now.

The reason that I said "jump in" is that I try to avoid going further off of the sailing topic but this thread is very interesting.
01-10-2013 05:46 PM
CalebD
Re: Carbon fiber

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Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
I couldn't resist jumping in here...
Do you actually get a good tone from a CF instrument? I have heard tone differences in amplified instruments because of the wood used and of course drastic changes in tone on acoustic instruments.
A cello is such a warm and vocal instrument is it possible to get a good tone from synthetic chambers?

I am not a classical musician so pardon my ignorance
Actually this is a very good question.
A CF 'cello is not the equivalent of a wooden 'cello. This is kind of akin to a question like: "Which boat is better, a 1998 Beneteau 27' or a 1967 Tartan 27'?"
They are different animals with trade offs and compromises.

Wooden 'cellos can have very subtle warm sounds. CF 'cellos can have a more steely, big sound.

It turns out that many professionals ('cellists) own both a nice wooden instrument AND a CF instrument. The CF instrument is the one to use when playing outdoors as even humidity and rain will not affect the tuning or finish. A wooden 'cello (usually quite expensive too) could easily be damaged just from spending several hours in a very hot and humid environment. High humidity also makes a wooden instrument go out of tune often and unpredictably.

In short, they each have their strong (and weak) points but the sound and timbre of CF is surprisingly good and uniform.
01-10-2013 04:49 PM
steve77
Re: Carbon fiber

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It is great stuff. Isn't the risk that carbon fiber is designed to take loads in certain directions, but not all directions? I've heard about carbon fiber bicycle frames snapping like twigs because the force came from an unexpected direction. The other problem, aesthetically, is that it yellows when left in the sun. (I've seen this on Porsche GT's, and when people replace hoods and spoilers on their cars with carbon fiber versions.) Also, they make carbon fiber surfboards now, although they're black, and in the sun, surf-wax cannot stay on them due to the heat.
Early carbon fiber bikes were prone to breakage, but I don't think that's an issue anymore- the technology has come a long way since the '80s. I have one with over 20,000 miles on it, and that includes some nasty shocks from potholes. The frame still rides like new. Although I don't leave it outside it has seen its fair share of sunlight, and it still looks great (when I clean it up that is).
01-10-2013 03:02 PM
LeMerovingian
Re: Carbon fiber

Quote:
Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
I couldn't resist jumping in here...
Do you actually get a good tone from a CF instrument? I have heard tone differences in amplified instruments because of the wood used and of course drastic changes in tone on acoustic instruments.
A cello is such a warm and vocal instrument is it possible to get a good tone from synthetic chambers?

I am not a classical musician so pardon my ignorance

With those first couple of line not sure if being sarcastic? You can check the sound in the videos on the first page. They have a new age sound, steely tone also not sure how to describe but they're expensive......,
01-09-2013 09:02 AM
blutoyz
Re: Carbon fiber

I couldn't resist jumping in here...
Do you actually get a good tone from a CF instrument? I have heard tone differences in amplified instruments because of the wood used and of course drastic changes in tone on acoustic instruments.
A cello is such a warm and vocal instrument is it possible to get a good tone from synthetic chambers?

I am not a classical musician so pardon my ignorance
01-09-2013 05:59 AM
LeMerovingian
Re: Carbon fiber

Always been a fan of Formula 1, the cars are mainly composed of carbon fiber....., It is destructible.
01-08-2013 11:28 PM
CalebD
Re: Carbon fiber

Tom,
My CF 'cello is a Quintus brand that looks something like the ones used in this video:

The nut on my 'cello is a more traditional scrolled affair with pegs.
01-08-2013 07:35 PM
dacap06
Re: Carbon fiber

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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
I bought myself a carbon fiber 'cello. It cost almost as much as my old boat ($4K).
It looks great (nearly black), sounds great, is nearly indestructible, light weight and is impervious to humidity. A great use of a technology developed in the pursuit of making weapons.
If I ever manage to break or crack this 'cello I can repair it with epoxy.
Caleb,

Does your instrument look and sound anything like those black and white violincellos that The Piano Guys use? Those 5 make great videos!


01-08-2013 07:35 PM
deltaten
Re: Carbon fiber

I wanna CF guitar; but I sure don't wanna pay the $2000+/- going rate!
Smaller pieces, lighter product and thinner sections are the shiney bits of CF
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